Woman’s Day welcomes new editor after 10 years
After a decade at the helm of Woman’s Day, longtime editor Fiona Connolly is moving up the corporate ladder to become group publisher of weekly titles at Bauer Media.
The promotion comes after Bauer Media acquired Pacific Magazines, the media company which owns rival titles including New Idea, In Style and Marie Claire. The merger which is set to be finalised early next year has already seen a number of changes within the business with publisher Louisa Hatfield, editor Emma Nolan and Lucy Chesterton all leaving the company.
In her new role Connolly will be responsible for all the weeklies including Woman’s Day, NW, OK, TV Week, Take 5 and soon to be New Idea, Who and That’s Life.
Erin Holohan will replace Connolly as Woman’s Day editor, Bauer Media staff were informed last week. Connolly announced the appointment in an internal staff email, saying nobody was better suited to the job. Holohan is understood to be a longtime Woman’s Day employee who has worked her way up via various writing roles during her time at the magazine.
Controversial former Sunday Night executive producer finds new role
After he was stood down as executive producer of Seven’s Sunday Night current affairs program in June, Hamish Thomson has found a new role elsewhere. Emerald City has been told Thomson has been appointed executive producer and content developer at Bannaby Productions & Southern Pictures.
The move comes after Thomson was accused of telling senior Seven television producer Lisa Ryan that she was in need of a “good f—”. Thomson has denied the claim. Sunday Night staff were notified in June that Thomson was leaving the network to “explore other opportunities”.
Thomson had worked as an executive producer of Seven’s flagship current affairs program since 2014. He was suspended by the network following the performance review. “After three challenging and successful years Hamish is leaving to explore other opportunities,” the June email read.
Southern Pictures is behind Tracey Spicer’s controversial #MeToo documentary Silent No More which recently aired on the ABC. It is currently working on Slim & I, a Kriv Stenders documentary about famed Australian country music legend – and wife of Slim Dusty – Joy McKean.
Is Ian Malouf’s prized superyacht set for US hit reality show?
It’s a reality show that follows the lives of young international superyacht staff, crew members known as ‘yachties’ who live aboard luxurious, privately-owned vessels in the most desirable parts of the globe, tending to the demanding needs of charter clients.
Currently airing episodes from the Mediterranean, Carribean and Thailand, each episode of Below Deck features a different group of passengers – ranging from millionaires to hard-partying friends – as they head out for a marine adventure.
It is understood that luxury superyacht owner and Ahoy Club CEO Ian Malouf has been contacted by eager Below Deck producers itching to make his tinnie, Mischief, a part of their show. According to sources, the Malouf family has been approached multiple times by producers keen to feature the lavish 52 metre super yacht that sleeps 12 guests and has 14 staff at any given time.
Lucy Manly is a reporter and gossip columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald.