3:54 pm Feb. 12, 2013
Relieved of the burden of having to move print copies on the newsstand, Tina Brown's all-new, all-digital Newsweek Global has nevertheless continued cooking up provocative covers in the form of a tablet edition.
But the publication's creative team has taken another hit: Sean Noyce, Newsweek Global's iPad design director, is leaving, Capital has learned.
Reached via email, Noyce wouldn't comment on his departure or where he's headed other than to say he'll be "freelancing and pursuing my studio art."
A spokesman for Newsweek Global, sister title of The Daily Beast, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the succession plan.
UPDATE: “We wish Sean every success - he is a very talented designer with real flair and collegiality," Andrew Kirk, public relations director for NewsBeast, tells Capital. "Going forward, we have restructured our design department as part of our re-imagined digital operation.”
Noyce is the latest in a series of exits on Newsweek's design side since last summer, when all-star creative director Dirk Barnett jumped to The New Republic. Barnett's successor, Lindsay Ballant, left in early December for a fellowship, just as pink slips were being handed out at the print edition, which stopped publishing shortly thereafter following years of declining revenues.
We also hear some of the union-side layoffs that were still being negotiated when the ax dropped last fall have been finalized in the past month, further reducing NewsBeast's headcount. A representative for the union, the Newspaper Guild of New York, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
NewsBeast's parent company, I.A.C., disclosed in its latest quarterly earnings report last week a $7 million restructuring charge related to shutting down Newsweek's print edition.
With the money-losing print product out of its hair, NewsBeast (yes, that is the official name now) is putting all of its eggs in digital and hopes to grow the subscriber base of Newsweek Global.
During the second half of 2012, Newsweek logged 42,654 digital subscriptions, according to the Alliance for Audited Media. A News Beast spokesman recently told the New York Post that "hundreds of thousands" of people are reading the new digital edition.
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