Frankie Rozwadowska will join Savoir Flair from March 29, 2015 as Beauty Editor, following her previous role as Group Beauty Editor at Gulf News Magazines. Having lived in London prior to moving to Dubai, Frankie has previous experience writing in-depth beauty features as Beauty Editor for fashion-focused, luxury magazine 1883 as well as for online wellness magazine Hip & Healthy. At Gulf News Mazagines, Frankie worked across various titles including Aquarius, Friday and Alpha.
Lindsay Judge has joined Gulf News Magazines as Group Fashion Editor. Lindsay was most recently with ITP Publishing where she was Fashion and Beauty Editor for Ahlan!, looking after all fashion and beauty content both online and in print. In her new role, Lindsay will oversee the fashion content for Gulf News Magazines, including Aquarius, alpha., Friday and Watch Time, as well as supplements.
“It’s great to be working with so many exciting titles,” says Lindsay. “I’m really looking forward to having the opportunity to work across such a broad spectrum of magazines.”
Tabitha Barda has joined the team at Aquarius as Deputy Editor. Having been with Gulf News Magazines for a number of years, Tabitha was most recently Lifestyle Editor for Gulf News’ weekend supplement, Friday, where she covered a wide range of features and topics. In her new position, Tabitha joins Editor Louisa Wilkins in producing and editing lifestyle content, working across all areas of the magazine and its supplements, such as Aquarius Baby and Aquarius Beauty Heroes.
“I’m so excited to be on the Aquarius team and really pleased to be re-joining all my colleagues at Gulf News Magazines,” says Tabitha. “I’ve always been a great fan of the Aquarius brand and it’s brilliant to now be playing a part in it myself. Having just had a baby, it also feels like the perfect title for me to be working on at this time in my life.”
Louisa Wilkins, Editor of Aquarius adds, “With her experience on Friday, Tabi joins the team with a strong knowledge of local lifestyle issues, brands and experts. Additionally, as a new mother herself, she perfectly fits the profile of an Aquarius reader, meaning that she has first-hand experience and empathy on the topics and issues that are so close to the hearts of our readers. I’m delighted to have her on the Aquarius team and look forward to seeing her make her own personal stamp on the brand over the coming months.”
Judy Cogan has been appointed as Lifestyle Editor of Gulf News Magazines’ flagship title, Friday. Having been in the position of Acting Lifestyle Editor since April of this year, Judy takes over from Tabitha Barda and will be in charge of Friday’s fashion, beauty, health, travel, food and review pages.
“I’m incredibly excited to be joining the number one magazine in the UAE,” says Judy. “Food, health, fashion and travel are all incredibly popular pages within Friday and I hope to make them even more compelling. I’m more than ready for this new and unique challenge and I’m thrilled to be given this opportunity. I’m looking forward to working with you all!”
Karen Pasquali Jones, Editor of Friday magazine adds, “Tabitha was a hard act to follow but I found the perfect replacement in Judy. She is a lifestyle expert with myriad ideas and an amazing energy – she is great at finding stories, networking and giving the readers exactly what they want.”
James Hewes, Publishing Director of Gulf News Magazines and Gulf News Publishing concludes “Judy is a fantastic addition to the team. Friday is going from strength to strength, and with Judy as part of the editorial team it will only get stronger.”
Gemma Jones is to step down as Fashion Stylist for Gulf News Magazines at the beginning of next month. The resident Fashion Stylist for two and a half years, Gemma’s role includes shooting across three titles – Alpha, Aquarius and Friday magazine, shooting everything from women’s, men’s and children’s fashion to still life and writing fashion columns. With plans to remain in Dubai on a freelance basis, Gemma has projects already in place with luxury clients to extend her editorial and commercial portfolio, and can be found at www.gemmamjones.com.
“It has been a difficult decision to make as I have had a great time working at Gulf New Magazines, but ultimately I need to move on to more career-driven projects,” says Gemma. “Having been part of the redesign on both monthly titles – Alpha and Aquarius – I will of course miss the teams and shooting for them greatly.”
Gulf News Magazine’s flagship home and interiors title, InsideOut has undergone a complete redesign and resize as part of its wider brand strategy. After two months of development, the final look is on sale in all major retail outlets, led by Art Editor Sue Mae Easton and Acting Editor Sharon Parsons.
“Even the loveliest homes need redecorating every now and then, and we’ve taken that approach with InsideOut,” says Sharon. “A smart new logo, chic new size and fonts have been just the start! With comprehensive sections, greater depth of content and clearer signposting of the key editorial pillars – homes, decorating, shopping, design, gardens and property – we’re confident our discerning readership will find the modernised InsideOut more enjoyable, inspirational and useful than ever.”
Katie Heskett, Associate Publisher of Gulf News Magazines adds, “InsideOut has always been a huge success in the homes and interiors market and our plan is to expand on this with a comprehensive digital platform and a series of brand extensions – including events and standalone publishing projects. The starting point was to ensure our core brand was where we wanted it to be – and this new look is the perfect foundation for all our growth.”
Judy Cogan has joined the Friday magazine team as Acting Lifestyle Editor. Judy previously worked freelance for publications including MailOnline, Grazia UK and Middle East, LOOK magazine, Closer, Fabulous and Woman’s Own; prior to this she was Features Editor for the newspaper supplement of The Sunday People, as well as Senior Writer for Sun Woman, the women’s section of The Sun newspaper and The Sun online in the UK. In her new position as Acting Lifestyle Editor, which extends to September 2014, Judy will edit and commission features across health, fashion, food, books, well-being, entertainment and travel, as well as in-house reviews and tried and tested features.
“To be given this opportunity to work as Acting Lifestyle Editor for Friday and in a vibrant, ever changing city like Dubai is extremely exciting,” says Judy. “I’m keen to embrace my new role and the city whole heartedly and fill Friday’s lifestyle pages with innovative, interesting, never read before features. I am looking forward to meeting and working with you all!”
Gulf News Magazines will launch the Middle East edition of WatchTime magazine tomorrow, which will hit the newsstands quarterly in all major newsagents, supermarkets and up to 100 select hotels. With a circulation of 8,000, WatchTime Middle East will be a quarterly title and comprise a mix of the best US editorial and locally sourced content, with Editor Nitin Nair and Features Editor Craig Hawes working closely with Joe Thompson, WatchTime Editor-In-Chief.
“The launch of WatchTime Middle East couldn’t be more timely,” says James Hewes, Publishing Director, Gulf News Magazines. “Swiss watch imports to the UAE have risen by 36 per cent in the last two years and we’re confident that WatchTime, already a highly respected publication in the industry, will quickly become a must-read for watch enthusiasts and collectors in the region.”
Gerrit Klein, CEO of Ebner Publishing International, parent company of WatchTime adds, “We are very happy to welcome Gulf News Magazines as a great business partner. They share our strategy of publishing top-quality media with the highest journalistic standards and an absolute focus on readers. Ebner Publishing has been a family-owned business with a global focus for 200 years and Gulf News is a respected authority with many years of experience in the Middle East – an ideal combination. We are sure that WatchTime Middle East will grow fast and achieve the same reputation among watch fans and the watch industry as WatchTime USA has had in the 15 years since its launch.”
Mark Setchfield, the former Art Director of Best, Love it!, Bliss and Maxim, has joined Friday as Art Editor. The award-winning designer has also worked on the British versions of Elle, Marie Claire and Grazia and most recently launched Trinity Mirror’s new website for The People newspaper.
“We are thrilled to have Mark on board,” says Gulf News Magazine’s publishing director James Hewes. “With his wealth of experience across multiple platforms we will be able to take the Friday brand to the next level.”
Mark worked with Friday Editor Karen Pasquali Jones on the launch of Love it!, the award-winning women’s weekly for News International. She adds, “It’s an exciting time for Friday and Mark’s addition to an already talented team means we can go forward with some dynamic plans for 2014.”
Mark, who left Trinity Mirror in London to join Friday, continues, “This is a fantastic opportunity and I can’t wait to help Friday thrive and grow. It’s a unique challenge but one that I’m more than ready for.”
Friday is distributed weekly with Gulf News, which has a total audited circulation of 105,792 copies (BPA Audit, June 2013, Friday edition). Friday has a total readership of 360,000.
Former Group Beauty Editor at Gulf News Magazines, Lucy Wildman, has today joined ITP Publishing as Deputy Editor at OK! Middle East. Lucy, who first joined ITP in December 2005 as Fashion & Beauty Editor at Ahlan! Magazine, will be responsible for all fashion and beauty on the title, along with all the latest celebrity gossip.
“A fantastic opportunity at ITP was what brought me to Dubai for the first time eight years ago, and I am thrilled to be returning to the company for yet another incredible career opportunity as Deputy Editor of OK! Middle East,” says Lucy. “The magazine already boasts an amazing team, and I am very proud to be joining them on the biggest celebrity title in the region.”