NEW YORK — Less than 48 hours after Disney announced the selling of Fairchild to Conde Nast parent company Advance Publications — sparking speculation that twentysomething woman’s magazines Jane and Mademoiselle might be merged — Mademoiselle editor-in-chief Elizabeth Crow has resigned.
A spokesman for Conde Nast said the Fairchild acquisition had nothing to do with Crow’s announcement and there will not be a merger of Jane and Mademoiselle. The spokesman said a new Mademoiselle editor will be named in the coming weeks, adding, “It will not be (Jane editor-in-chief) Jane Pratt.”
‘Sick little puppy’
“Fairchild was not even a blip on my radar when I made this decision,” Crow told Daily Variety. “I had just finished the magazine’s third redesign since I took over six years ago. It was a sick little puppy when I took it over, and now it has some juice. I just think it’s time that someone else had a chance to see what they can add to it.”
While Conde Nast said its editorial director James Truman had been happy with Mademoiselle’s performance and in no way pushed Crow out, the magazine’s numbers have been sluggish this year. According to Publishers Information Bureau, their ad pages through July have dropped 17.2%, with ad revenue down $5 million compared with this time last year.
Conde Nast said Truman had asked Crow to stay at the magazine through December, and she had agreed at that earlier time.