“Unless we wanted to look like a museum, we had to change and change quite drastically,” he added.
Over the past year, Ms. Wintour has focused on the next step in the process: transforming seven of Condé Nast’s biggest publications – Vogue, GQ, Wired, Architectural Digest, Vanity Fair, Condé Nast Traveler and Glamor – into global brands, each under a single leader, reducing costs and streamlining content sharing between print magazines and digital platforms.
“Instead of having 27 Vogues or 10 Vogues after a story, we have a Global Vogue taking care of it,” Ms. Wintour said. “So it’s more like a global newsroom with different hubs. “
The transition from local to global did not go well everywhere. Tina Brown, the former editor of The New Yorker and Vanity Fair, called the plan “suicidal” in an August interview with The Times of London.
“Obviously there are stories that work, especially if you think about fashion, it’s a global language and music, so there are stories that will work in all territories and then those that don’t. will not work at all, ”said Ms. Wintour. “We are very aware of this. “
Ms Wintour is also ensuring that it is unlikely that there will be no more Anna Wintours – more Imperial Editors each with their own fiefdoms, a job that Ms Wintour herself helped to create in as an elegant but demanding guardian of fashion and culture. Brands are now led by “global editorial directors,” most of whom are based in New York City, with regional content managers reporting to them.
“You used to create stories for publication and they would come out once a month and that was great,” she said, describing the former domain of an editor. Now, global editorial directors and content managers work on platforms that include “digital, video, short and long, social, events, philanthropic efforts, membership, consumer, e-commerce,” Ms. Wintour said.
“You touch so many different worlds,” she added. “Honestly, who wouldn’t want this job? “
In the midst of the change at Condé Nast, a lot of people decided they didn’t.