SEE RELATED: French’s memoIt’s been a few hours since John French announced to staffers through an internal memo that he was stepping down as CEO of Penton Media, yet industry observers have already begun speculating about who will succeed him at the helm of one of the biggest b-to-b publishers in the country.In the memo, French indicated that he will stay on as a member of Penton’s board of directors and will remain CEO until a replacement is made. A Penton spokesperson told FOLIO: that the search is set to begin, and that while the company “will explore all of its options,” the focus will be on external candidates.“I think they’ll look at combination of people with business media and information experience and also people who have deep experience in nontraditional b-to-b media, including e-media,” says Oakstreet Media CEO, and former Penton CEO, Tom Kemp. “Are they going to look at someone like [Jordan, Edmiston Group managing director] Michael Marchesano? Who knows? Whoever the replacement is will be a surprise, I think.” “Looking around, there doesn’t seem to be too many options,” says another industry source who wished to remain anonymous. “Who’s out there now, and available, who would be interested in running a large multi-vertical, print centric publishing company like Penton? It’s not clear.”Another source said it’s possible—perhaps likely—that Penton will reachoutside the ranks of print-centric b-to-b media and seek an executivewith an interactive media experience. If so, Penton would be attemptinga move that has almost always failed in the past. In the late-1990s, ahandful of b-to-b media companies brought in e-centric executives, mostnotably Cahners Publishing, which hired Marc Teren. Teren left after abrief and apparently stormy tenure.Tough Job, Tough Year Whoever gets the job will be inheriting a company that has gone through a number of dramatic changes this year. Early last month, Penton laid off 42 staffers in an effort to reduce costs. In April, French called for salary and hiring freezes, and has launched a company-wide revenue reforecast for the remainder of 2008.The company-wide reforecasting is ongoing, according to the Penton spokesperson.“Media in general right now is going through huge secular changes as it transitions from traditional properties to digital, which is complicated by tough economic times,” Kemp says. “From Penton to Ziff Davis Media to Hachette, you name it—being a CEO of any traditional media company these days is a tough job.”Where Did It Go Wrong? Meanwhile, there is speculation about precisely why Wasserstein and French decided to part ways. The company’s revenue shortfalls are well-known, thanks to French’s memos to employees. What is less well known, one source said, is the trouble the company is having in the back-office services area. When Penton merged with Prism Business Media, the internal goal was to save approximately $10 million in support services such as accounting and circulation. “They’ve had problems integrating the business,” the source said. “They shut down accounting in Overland Park, Kansas, and fired all the people there. They tried to do a huge merger too quickly just to get the cost savings. And it’s been a mess. That’s what you don’t hear. Internal management can’t get the information they need to run the business.”
Bonnier’s head of IT development, Tore Fjaertoft says, “We have adopted the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite as an integral part of our News+ platform. Leveraging the abilities to product and distribute digital editions of our daily newspapers using the Digital Publishing Suite has been a key element of the success of the News+ platform.” The Enterprise Edition of the Digital Publishing Suite is available as of today. Pricing is available via a custom quote through Adobe’s website. In other tablet news, Apple announced last week its newest version of the tablet, the iPad 2, at an event in San Francisco. The latest model of the iPad is lighter and thinner, and features front and rear end cameras. The tablet is available in black and white. Adobe announced the immediate availability of the Enterprise Edition of Adobe Digital Publishing Suite today. Already used by companies like Conde Nast, Dennis Publishing, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and National Geographic for Android technologies, the Enterprise Edition will also be adaptable for the RIM PlayBook and iOS tablets. The Enterprise Edition includes technology that will allow users to “create, distribute, monetize and analyze digital magazines, newspapers and publications.” The Suite incorporates a viewer builder service, an e-commerce service and a Folio Producer service, which will enable users to support content directly from Adobe InDesign CS5 software. The Digital Publishing Suite also allows direct entitlement with third party subscription fulfillment service providers. This gives publishers the ability to leverage current print accounts, increase digital subscription numbers and to create digital-print bundles as well as merchandising options.
Twitter’s dark mode has now an option to turn your app’s background black. Twitter Twitter users have new options when it comes to how dark they want to make the app’s background.The social media company said Thursday it’s releasing a new dark mode for its iPhone app that turns the background black instead of blue-gray.Turning on dark mode not only gives your eyes a break from bright light, but can help save your phone’s battery life. Twitter first introduced a setting in 2016 to make it more comfortable to tweet in low light. But some people complained that Twitter’s dark mode wasn’t dark enough because it was only blue-gray.Now Twitter users have three choices: Dim, Lights Out and Automatic Dark Mode.Dim will turn your Twitter app’s background to the blue-gray color that the company introduced in 2016. Lights Out will turn the background to black and emits no light. Then there’s Automatic Dark Mode, which will automatically turn on the dark mode that you choose when the sun sets.Users can turn on Twitter’s dark mode by going to their account’s settings and clicking on “Display and sound.” Share your voice Post a comment Tags “Giving more people options to personalize their experience on Twitter based on what makes them most comfortable is what the latest update to Dark Mode is all about,” said Bryan Haggerty, Twitter’s senior design manager in a statement. Mobile Tech Industry 0 It was dark. You asked for darker! Swipe right to check out our new dark mode. Rolling out today. pic.twitter.com/6MEACKRK9K— Twitter (@Twitter) March 28, 2019 Twitter