Jack Kliger Takes the Remote at TV Guide
NY Times.com – Media Decoder
As reported by Adweek Magazine in October, 2013:
“By 2008, TV Guide Magazine, once a fixture in American living rooms, had been beaten down for years by ownership changes, staff and circulation cuts. Private equity firm OpenGate Capital bought it in Oct. 2008 and brought on the seasoned publishing executive Jack Kliger. Kliger slashed circulation, increased the average circulation price, cut staff and was still able to lure back advertisers – through September 2013, ad pages rose 6.3 percent year over year, per Publishers Information Bureau. Meanwhile, TV Guide has brought on new revenue as the partner publisher, since 2012, of Sandra Lee Magazine.”
From Media Industry News October, 2013:
“Jack Kliger helped make a nearly destitute TV Guide a profit-maker over the past four years. OpenGate Capital acquired TVGuide Magazine in Oct. 2008 from Rovi Corp. for $1, then brought in Kliger nine months later to turn things around. Through a restructuring that included his bringing in advisors to run TVG‘s business side (publisher, circulation, marketing, etc.), he did. Incredibly, for a magazine once all but given up on, TV Guide is now the focal point to OpenGate establishing launches, partnerships and acquisitions. A revival of the former Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade (the chef being the girlfriend of New York governor Andrew Cuomo gives her added attention) was recently announced.
TV Guide Magazine is the newest notch to Kliger’s distinguished career. As Hachette Filipacchi Media president/CEO from 1999-2008, he led the effort to make the Elle/Woman’s Day parent digitally centric, and that proved to be an asset to current owner (since May 2011) Hearst Magazines. Kliger is also a past publisher of Gentlemen’s Quarterly (1985-1988) and Glamour (1988-1994), Condé Nast executive VP (1994-1997) and Parade associate publisher (1997-1999).”
From Deadline Hollywood, October, 2013:
“Kliger knows his way around the business. He was a long-time honcho at Advance Publications where he helped launch Condé Net, and was publisher of Glamour and GQ. OpenGate Partner Robert Lezec adds that TV Guide Magazine “has been profitable for the past three years while the magazine industry continues to experience significant upheaval. “
Kliger is a past member of the Board of Directors of World Color Press, Inc., the second largest printing company in North America, which was purchased by Quad Graphics, Inc. He has served on the executive committee of Time Out North America, publisher of Time Out New York, and as Executive Chairman of Alpha Media Group, Inc., publisher of Maxim.