NEW YORK, Dec. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Tara Kraft, Vice President/Editor-in-Chief of Shape magazine today announced that Shape, the global authority on women's fitness, nutrition and health, continues to reign as the leading active women's lifestyle magazine. The proof is in the numbers as newsstand sales for the November issue, featuring rock star PINK, are up over last year's by 21%. ABC's Rapid Report shows that Shape magazine's newsstand sales for the second half of 2012 are 5% higher than the same period last year, while competitors Self and Fitness sales are below last year by 28% and 9%, respectively. Furthermore, Shape's overall circulation is the largest in its field and has met its rate base guarantee for seven consecutive issues.
Shape continues to attract top talent with the following four executive hires all formerly at Conde Nast publications: Jana Hollingshead as the Executive Beauty Director, formerly Ad Director of Vogue; Lauren Fisher as Executive Fashion Director, formerly Executive Fashion Director at Glamour; Amy Monroe as Co-Midwest Advertising Director, formerly Midwest Director of Brides; and Sara Swiatkowski as Co-Midwest Advertising Director, formerly Midwest Director at Brides.
"The active women's lifestyle magazine category is down overall by 11% while Shape's sales are thriving with a staggering 17% increase since September 2012," says David Jackson, EVP, Group Publishing Director, Celebrity and Women's Active Lifestyle Groups at Shape.
SHAPE, the flagship brand of American Media, Inc.'s Women's Active Lifestyle Group, reaches 6.2 million active readers and is number one in circulation, ad pages and 13 worldwide editions. SHAPE connects with women throughout their daily lives with its innovative brand extensions, including online, email, mobile efforts and award-winning consumer events.
About American Media, Inc.
American Media, Inc. (AMI) owns and operates the leading print and digital celebrity and health and fitness media brands in the United States. AMI's titles include Star, OK!, National Enquirer, Globe, Country Weekly, Soap Opera Digest, Shape, Men's Fitness, Muscle & Fitness, Flex, Muscle & Fitness Hers, Fit Pregnancy and Natural Health. AMI also manages 18 different digital sites including RadarOnline.com, OKmagazine.com, CountryWeekly.com, Shape.com, MensFitness.com, MuscleandFitness.com and FitPregnancy.com. AMI's magazines have a combined total circulation of 7.4 million and reach more than 61 million men and women each month. AMI's digital properties reach an average of 34 million unique visitors and 169 million page views monthly.
AMI also provides Publishing Services which includes Distribution Services, Inc. (DSI), the No. 1 in-store magazine sales and merchandising marketing company in the U.S. and Canada. DSI places and monitors AMI's publications and third-party publications to ensure proper displays in major retail chains and national and regional supermarket chains. DSI also provides marketing, merchandising and information gathering services to third parties including non-magazine clients. Publishing Services also provides print and digital advertising sales and strategic management direction in the following areas: manufacturing, subscription circulation, logistics, event marketing and full back office financial functions.
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