Editor Graydon Carter, 63, has been a fixture at Vanity Fair since 1992. Keith Kelly reports that he’s having a bumpy time renegotiating his contract, which is up in July, with Conde Nast CEO Charles Townsend, rather than S.I. Newhouse.
Carter has enjoyed his expansive lifestyle, riding the magazine through more heady times, from annual Oscar and Cannes bashes and power lists to dabbling in documentary filmmaking. But things are tighter now, and I would caution Carter to remember the post-Conde Nast career of Tina Brown. While she did well at Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, Harvey Weinstein lured her away to run Talk Magazine, which flopped; she then tried television punditry, wrote bestselling bio “The Diana Chronicles,” and finally landed at The Daily Beast and Newsweek.
If Carter’s time has come, his replacements are lining up. Kelly cites star New York editor Adam Moss, who is probably the most gifted editor of his generation, having never failed to pursue excellence, from Esquire and Seven Days to The New York Times Magazine. Also in the queue are Janice Min, who pushed both Us Magazine and The Hollywood Reporter to new heights, and British GQ editor Dylan Jones.
In other media changes, another venerable publication, The Village Voice, is laying off three well-paid name stars: 30-year-veteran gossip columnist Michael Musto, food critic Robert Sietsema and theater critic Michael Feingold. All will land on their feet. But The Voice is no longer what it once was.