Townsend also gave performance honors to several other publishers and magazine teams for their ad page strength in 2007 — a platinum award to Vanity Fair and vice president and publisher Edward Menicheschi; gold to Glamour and Wackermann; silver to Vogue and Florio; and a bronze award to Condé Nast Traveler and vice president and publisher Lisa Hughes. — Stephanie D. Smith
FISH OR FOUL?: The awards weren't the only big news to come out of the Condé Nast publishers' meeting: Richard Beckman will never eat fish again. The Condé Nast Media Group president thought he was going to have an uneventful dinner with colleagues Monday night at the meeting in Palm Beach, Fla. Instead, he ended up in the hospital. Beckman was dining on a fillet of red snapper when a bone got lodged in his throat. "It was really scary," said Beckman, who coughed out the bone. "When you're looking down at your hands and they're covered in blood, it's scary," he added in graphic understatement. Tom Florio, Vogue's senior vice president and publishing director, accompanied Beckman to the hospital, where technicians examined him, took X-rays and released him within an hour. Beckman gave his presentation to Condé executives on Tuesday afternoon, and laughed about the incident afterward. "It's amazing the lengths that my competitors will go to," he joked. Monday's accident wasn't the first time Beckman has bitten off more than he can chew — around the time he was named publisher of Vogue, he choked on a sole bone while eating at The Four Seasons. "I'm eating steak from now on," he declared. But, presumably, he's still being circled by sharks. — S.D.S.