Last year, longtime Men's Health editor Dave Zinczenko was let go, reportedly because bosses tired of his "relentless self-promotion." Zinczenko was hired by AMI to revamp its smaller Men's Health rival, Men's Fitness. And now, former colleagues are grumbling that Zinczenko is doing little more than ripping off Men's Health for his new venture.
Strauss Zelnick is the former CEO of BMG Entertainment and now an investor in media companies such as Take-Two, which produces the Grand Theft Auto videogame series. Now he's a magazine cover model, too! Following up on his recent appearance in an ad campaign for Portfolio, Zelnick is featured on the cover of the November issue of Men's Fitness. There's even a video on the magazine's site in which he talks about how important fitness is to him and about how fond he is of low-fat, low-carb protein drinks. But maybe he should be focusing more attention on his work rather than, say, whey shakes? As the Times puts it, "With Take-Two's stock down nearly 34 percent in the last year, investors may be hoping he'll find a way to bulk up the share price as well as his biceps." [Dealbook]
Rolling Stone and Us Weekly owner Jann Wenner and his partner, Matt Nye, (for whom he dropped his wife, Jane) are expecting twins in January, according to Business Week's Jon Fine. The newest little Wenners will join his current army of four. But this party is just beginning—the interview transcript is something to behold. Some highlights!
"In April, the New York Post had the former Men's Fitness editor "cannoodling" with Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner, who denied cheating on his partner, Matt Nye. The paper also quoted Bolton as saying he was "probably splitsville" with [wife] Clare. Yesterday, Boulton denied that quote and said he and Clare were solid - though he admitted marrying her because 'I wanted to have some kids.'" [R&M]
AdAge reports that alleged Jann Wenner paramour Neal Boulton is out as the editor of Men's Fitness; his replacement is Roy Johnson, who took over "temporarily" while Boulton was in the hospital with a mysterious stomach ailment. (Radar speculated a couple weeks ago that Johnson would be taking over for good.) Couple odd things here! One is that Boulton is leaving, the company announced, to "write a book and pursue his humanitarian issues, such as obesity." Obesity as a humanitarian issue! It's one of our favorites, too. More interesting is that this whole Jann Wenner business may have been a figment of someone's imagination.
Neal Boulton, editor of Men's Fitness and the man Page Six describes as Jann Wenner's sex-squire, has been laid up at St. Vincent's since Thursday night. Last week he went in with what he thought was a stomach ailment but has turned out to be something much more potentially serious; a prognosis is forthcoming, but Boulton is telling friends and associates that he could be in for up to 4 weeks. (That's what that Weider Publications insurance gets you!) Of course, this raises some important questions. First, we wonder when Page Six spoke to Boulton to confirm his new and tiny love, since he's been laid up for at least the past few days. And second, who will bring Boulton flowers? Jann? Boulton's wife? Matt Nye?
Former Radar contributing writer — and current freelancer about town — Tyler Gray has a problem. It's with Men's Fitness EIC Neal Boulton and, specifically, with Boulton's insipid-bordering-on-unintelligible Editor's Letter. With Radar no more, Gray brings his analysis of Boulton's monthly idiocy to Gawker, where we're now proud to present Gray's look at Boulton's March letter...