Relations also were strained with his staff, according to three sources. Jones, who has agreed to stay on through the end of next month as a consultant, did not return calls for comment. Mark Stein, the senior news editor of the Web site, will be interim deputy editor until a replacement is found. A spokeswoman for the magazine said Web traffic has met or exceeded expectations, and provided figures showing a growth of monthly unique visitors from around 300,000 in the spring to just over a million estimated in October.
Still, more changes may be afoot: high-level discussion is said to be under way about divesting Lipman of oversight of the Web site, with a possible new reporting structure to Portfolio.com's general manager, Ari Brandt, on the business side. (Like Jones, Brandt came from Yahoo!, where such reporting structures are in place.) The magazine's spokeswoman denied there was any such plan in the works.
— Irin Carmon
NEW MODEL: Former Creative Artists Agency agent Kevin Iwashina is bringing Hollywood to the model business. Iwashina, who was in charge of financing and distribution for the Academy Award-winning movie "Crash," has joined forces with a group of private investors to acquire the men's division of IMG Models. The new agency, Public Image Worldwide, will be run by former IMG Men's director Chris Forberg and approximately 95 percent of IMG's male clients are expected to join the new agency. The current roster of clients includes Tyson Ballou, Clement Chabernaud, Clint Mauro, Albert Reed, RJ, Jason Shaw and Aaron Ward. "We will transition out of IMG over the next 30 days," Iwashina said. He also plans to add endorsements and licensing to the business, and eventually, female models.
— Amy Wicks