Memo Pad: VF Supports The Writers By Not Partying...

The Hollywood writers' strike may be close to ending, but Vanity Fair has canceled its famed Academy Awards party.

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"I will support the Democratic candidate," Wintour said simply. But anyone dreaming of a football-themed spread in Vogue (or Men's Vogue?) might be disappointed: "I'm not very familiar with football," she said, adding elliptically, "Tennis." — I.C.

STAFFING UP: Peggy Northrop is beginning to assemble her team at Reader's Digest. Tom Prince, who was vice president and development editor at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. and has also been executive editor at Real Simple, with long stints at Allure and New York magazine, will be co-executive editor. Sharing the title will be Barbara O'Dair, who was most recently Northrop's number two at More, and has also been editor of Us magazine (pre-weekly) and managing editor of Teen People. After those runs at the top, it's no wonder sources said O'Dair had been eyed to replace Northrop at More. — I.C.

CELEBRITY WRITER: Joy Bryant is joining the ranks of models, actresses and socialites that are doing more than just posing for pictures at fashion week. The actress, who has a total of six shows on her agenda, including Hervé Léger, Zac Posen, Matthew Williamson, Michael Kors, Alice Temperley and Monique Lhuillier, is writing a diary-style piece on her fashion week experiences for C magazine. Like most actresses, Bryant has time to do side work since the status of the writers' strike hasn't changed. "I have pitched a few things to magazines; I've already been published in Flaunt and Outside, and people seem to respond to it," she said. "This time has been frustrating for a lot of people. I try and stay creative and do a little writing every day." Bryant also has a new movie coming out soon, her first comedy, called "Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins." "It was either fashion week or snowboarding in Colorado and Guitar Hero; C magazine gave me a great reason to pick the shows instead." — Amy Wicks

INDIAN EXPANSION: Luxury brands are eyeing India as a major growth market, so it's no surprise Time Style & Design will expand its global footprint with an Indian edition beginning this spring. The magazine will publish a spring and fall edition in April and October this year that will be polybagged with regular Time India issues. Circulation for the Indian edition will be 50,000. Comparatively, the U.S. version of Time Style & Design publishes seven times a year and has a rate base of 550,000. The magazine also publishes editions for Europe, Canada, Asia and the South Pacific. Time Style & Design India will have a few magazine competitors to battle against for ad dollars­ — Vogue, Elle and Cosmopolitan all have Indian editions. Meanwhile, the next U.S. edition of Time Style & Design, with Agyness Deyn on the cover, will be distributed Feb. 22. — Stephanie D. Smith
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