— Robert Murphy
REGROUPING: Time Inc. keeps shaking up its magazine operations as it seeks the magic formula. On Monday, the publisher grouped Entertainment Weekly and its Web site, ew.com, into a cluster with People, people.com, People en Español and Style Watch called the Time Inc. Entertainment Group. Paul Caine, group publisher of The People Group, was promoted to president of the division. Dave Morris, president and publisher of EW, will leave the company after 21 years. Coincidentally, EW and People's public relations and finance teams have been working together for more than a year.
Speculation about changes at EW have swirled as the magazine has faced challenges in terms of advertising and circulation. Pages through September fell 9.1 percent from the same period last year, and 7.6 percent in the first three quarters of 2006 compared with the prior year, according to the Publishers Information Bureau. Total paid and verified circulation fell 1.2 percent to 1.8 million for the first six months of 2007 (newsstand sales, about 2 percent of EW's total circulation, fell 19.5 percent during the period), according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations. Under Caine, People's pages are flat at 2,712. Morris' replacement, who will report to Caine, is expected to be named shortly.
— Stephanie D. Smith