Churgin builds career at digest

Exec ankles Primedia, fills Hunsinger's post

NEW YORK — Just three months after Primedia promoted her from New York magazine publisher to group publisher of New York, Chicago and Automobile, Amy Churgin has ankled the company to become publisher of Conde Nast’s premiere shelter mag Architectural Digest.

The announcement comes on the heels of unprecedented publisher shuffling at Conde Nast (Daily Variety, Oct. 3). Churgin will replace Peter Hunsinger, who left AD Nov. 3 to take over publishing duties at Vanity Fair.

Architectural Digest has long been a cash cow for Conde Nast. At 1,204 so far this year, the shelter glossy has been far and away the leaders among Conde Nast magazines in ad pages as well as ad revenue.

Churgin is one of the first major execs to leave Primedia since former NBC cable prexy Tom Rogers took over as chair and CEO in October. Under Rogers, the Internet and new media are expected to become Primedia’s main focus.