American Society of Magazine Editors

Jack Kliger and Tina Brown to Receive Magazine Industry Lifetime Achievement Awards

September 4, 2007

Magazine Publishers of America (MPA) and American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) Will Honor Two Outstanding Magazine Industry Veterans With Lifetime Achievement Awards.

NEW YORK, NY (September 4, 2007)—Magazine Publishers of America (MPA) and American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) will honor two outstanding magazine industry veterans with Lifetime Achievement Awards. Jack Kliger, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S., Inc., has been named recipient of the MPAs Henry Johnson Fisher Award, in honor of Henry Johnson Fisher, founding publisher of Popular Science.  Tina Brown, former editor of The New Yorkerand Vanity Fair and bestselling author, will be inducted into the ASME Magazine Editors Hall of Fame. The announcement was made today by Nina Link, President and Chief Executive Officer, MPA, and Marlene Kahan, Executive Director, ASME. The awards will be presented at a special lunchtime event Wednesday, January 30, 2008, at Gotham Hall in New York City. 

For more than three decades, Jack Kliger has championed innovation and excellence in the magazine industry, said Ms. Link.  He used his chairmanship of MPA to move our industry forward by pioneering the expansion into new media platforms, pushing for more reliable audience measurement and aggressively marketing the medium to the advertising community.  His enormous contributions will be felt for years to come, and we are thrilled to honor him.

Tina Brown has been a reigning force in popular culture ever since she became a journalist in 1973, said Ms. Kahan.  By the time she crossed the pond to the U.S. in the early eighties, Tina was well on her way to becoming one of the most visible and talked about editors in this country. Her vision breathed new life into both Vanity Fair and the venerable New Yorker, bringing in a stable of ultra-talented writers that include Jeffrey Toobin, Ken Auletta, Malcolm Gladwell, Hendrik Hertzberg, Jane Mayer, Philip Gourevitch and her eventual New Yorker successor David Remnick, all of whom greatly influenced the national conversation.  We are so pleased to honor Tina, who has made a difference in and beyond the world of magazines.  


Jack Kliger is President and Chief Executive Officer of Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S., Inc, a part of the Lagardre Active division of Lagardre SCA.  Mr. Kliger is currently serving as Chairman of Magazine Publishers of America. 

Hachettes brands, including ELLE, Woman's Day, Car and Driver, Road & Track, reach over 50 million consumers through its magazines and millions more through online and mobile content.  Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S., Inc. includes book and custom publishing, integrated marketing, licensing, database and market research.  The company also recently acquired Jumpstart Automotive Media, the vertical advertising network focused exclusively on the automotive industry.

A veteran in the publishing industry, Mr. Kliger joined Hachette in 1999.  Previously, he worked in key executive positions at Advance Publications from 1985 to 1999.  As Executive Vice President of Parade Publications, Inc. from l997 to l999, he led the advertising sales, marketing, research and promotion operations for one of the largest circulation magazines in the world. He was Executive Vice President of Cond Nast Publications from 1994 to 1997; Publisher of Glamour from 1988 to 1994; and Publisher of GQ from 1985 to 1988.

Based in California from 1980 to 1984, Kliger worked at GQ as West Coast Manager and was Associate Publisher ofCalifornia from l984 to l985.  In 1979, he worked at Felker Communications Corporation and held the title of Vice President. Mr. Kliger began his career at The Village Voice in 1973.

An active participant in industry-related and philanthropic organizations, in addition to serving as chairman of MPA, Mr. Kliger is on the board of directors of the Ad Council, is a member of The Whitney Museum of American Art Corporate Council and is on the Board of Trustees at The Museum of Jewish Heritage.  He is a board member of the American Symphony Orchestra and also serves on the board of the American Friends of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra.  In 2006, Mr. Kliger received the Anti-Defamation Leagues Norman Newhouse Human Relations Communications Award and was the 2000 recipient of the American Jewish Committees National Human Relations Award.


Tina Browns editorial reputation for revitalizing publications began at Tatler, a nearly defunct 270-year-old society magazine inLondon where she was named Editor-in-Chief in 1979 when she was 25 years old.  During her tenure from 1979 to 1983, its circulation rose 300 percent. Tatler was purchased by Cond Nast in 1982.

At the end of 1983, S.I. Newhouse, Chairman of Cond Nast, invited Ms. Brown to move to the United States to be the Editor-in-Chief of the re-launched Vanity Fair. Under her direction from 1984 to 1992, Vanity Fair rose from a circulation of 350,000 to 1.1 million and won four National Magazine Awards, including a 1989 award for General Excellence. Ms. Brown herself was named Advertising Ages first Magazine Editor of the Year.

In 1992, Mr. Newhouse invited Ms. Brown to take on another big publishing challengethe revitalization of The New Yorker. She was the fourth editor in the magazines 73-year history and was the magazines first female editor. In her six and a half year tenure, she raised circulation by 145 percent on the newsstand and 28 percent overall and the magazine was honored with four George Polk Awards, five Overseas Press Club Awards, and 10 National Magazine Awards, including a 1995 award for General Excellence, the first in its history.  Ms. Brown was the first magazine editor to be honored with the National Press Foundations Editor of the Year Award in 1992. 

At The New Yorker, Ms. Brown hired 75 new writers and editors, including David Remnick, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Malcolm Gladwell, Simon Schama, Jane Mayer, Hilton Als, Ken Auletta, Jeffrey Toobin, John Lahr and Anthony Lane. She started the publication of quarterly The New Yorker special issues, including a much-publicized Black in America issue that she edited in conjunction with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and a seminar on race at Harvard. The New Yorker editorial staff was proud when the magazine proved one of the best-selling special issues they produced.

In 1998, she left The New Yorker and founded Talk Media with partners Harvey and Bob Weinstein of Miramax Films, launching Talk and the Talk Miramax Books company. Talks publication was suspended in January 2002 in the wake of the advertising recession following 9/11.  It had achieved a circulation of 650,000 and rising.

From 2003 to 2005, Ms. Brown was the host of CNBCs Topic A with Tina Brown, a weekly series that featured opinionated guests discussing and debating provocative topics in the arenas of business, politics and culture. She also wrote a weekly column for The Washington Post Style section.

The Henry Johnson Fisher Award, established in 1964, recognizes individuals who have made significant and longstanding contributions to the magazine publishing industry and society, and who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership, skill and understanding in support of the industry. Henry Johnson Fisher was Founder and Chairman of the Board of the Popular Science Publishing Company.  Previous winners have included Cathie P. Black, Hearst Magazines; William T. Kerr, Meredith Corporation; Edward Lewis, Essence Communications, Inc.; S.I. Newhouse, Conde Nast Publications; and Thomas O. Ryder, The Readers Digest Association.

The Magazine Editors' Hall of Fame Award, established by ASME in 1995, recognizes career-long achievement, excellence and impact of a select group of highly influential magazine editors.  Previous winners have included Helen Gurley Brown, Cosmopolitan; Hugh Hefner, Playboy; Stephen Shepard, BusinessWeek; Gloria Steinem, Ms.; and Richard Stolley, Time Inc.