A NEW YARD: Atlantic Media, owner of The Atlantic and National Journal, is close to selling its controlling stake in 02138 magazine to Sandow Media, WWD has learned. A spokesman for Sandow confirmed that the deal was in its final stages, but said it had not closed.
The Boca Raton, Fla.-based Sandow Media acquired Worth magazine, its first New York property, from Curtco Media in February for an undisclosed price, and also owns the plastic surgery-oriented NewBeauty magazine. The spokeswoman declined to say whether the 02138 staff, which moved just over a year ago from Cambridge, Mass., to New York City, would move to Worth's Midtown West offices, as a source indicated.
Aimed at Harvard graduates, the magazine 02138 billed itself as "the Vanity Fair of Harvard" when it was launched by two young graduates of the university under the aegis of David Bradley's Atlantic Media in fall 2006. It had a controlled circulation of 100,000. Publisher Meredith Kopit left last month to be group publisher of ForbesLife and ForbesLife Executive Woman. During her tenure, the magazine picked up advertising from Polo Ralph Lauren, Vacheron Constantin watches and Maybach, among others, though exact ad page counts were unavailable. According to the magazine's media kit, a fashion issue was planned for this fall.
John Galloway, president of Atlantic Media, did not return calls.
— Irin Carmon
FILLING THE BLANKS: While Domino considers spin-offs such as books, television shows and perhaps even a furniture line, its first priority is making sure it has enough staffers to handle the magazine's duties. So it has bumped up two editors and brought in a freelancer to fill out the magazine's masthead. First, Kate Bolick was named Domino's executive editor, the first person appointed to that position since the magazine's inception in 2005. Bolick was previously features editor at Domino and had been a staff editor at The Atlantic Monthly prior to joining the home title. Meanwhile, Ruth Altchek was promoted to features editor from senior editor. Also, Bess Wong was named art director. She and current art director Hilary Fitzgibbons will have the same title. Wong was freelancing at the magazine prior to her full-time gig.