Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Chatelaine AD Williamson named editor-in-chief of Glow magazine

Cameron Williamson, the art director of Chatelaine, is to be named editor in chief of Glow magazine effective November 30. This is unusual. Except in instances when they start a magazine themselves, it is quite rare for the career path of an art director to lead to becoming editor-in-chief.
Williamson joined Chatelaine in September 2006 as art director; prior to joining Rogers, he was creative director at Toro magazine, fashion director at the National Post and fashion editor at Saturday Night where he began as an intern.
Glow is a hybrid health and beauty magazine; contract published on behalf of Shopper's Drug Mart and circulated to holders of the drugstore chain's Optimum card, yet distributed on a paid basis on consumer newsstands. It has a total PMB-measured readership of 947,000, almost all of them women.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thats great

i am sure the magazine will be much better, anyway these times all editors thinks that they are art directors.

12:31 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rare, but perhaps not so rare at Chatelaine: Caren Watkins went from AD at Chatelaine to Editor in Chief of Gardening Life.

2:31 pm  
Anonymous Derek Finkle said...

Cameron is a very talented and hard working guy. He's always had strong editorial instincts. This type of move is indeed rare but I don't think it's a stretch in this case. I wonder if the folks at Glow have any idea how much better their magazine is about to become. Congrats to both parties.

3:30 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's a Kerry Mitchell special!

"I know, let's hire someone who's never worked in magazines to be the EIC of Chatelaine."

That one didn't work out so well.

Hopefully this zany move will work out better?

6:47 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the only times Glow looked half decent was when it had a guy doing its art direction, so this might end up being be a very bright move indeed.

9:21 am  
Anonymous Lisa Tant said...

Some of the best art directors I've worked with - Caren Watkins at Chatelaine and Tanya Watt at Flare - are equally good editors. Both understood the big picture very well (both visual and written) and made excellent recommendations regarding copy changes and packaging.

10:47 am  
Anonymous Jeff Hannaford said...

Very true, Lisa!

12:27 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are plenty of very talented, hard working men and women in this industry.

It is disrespectful to other talented and experienced editors and art directors when Finkle and Tant suggest his 'strong instincts' and 'understanding of the big picture' make him the best candidate for this position.

Lets hope for the sake of the other staff at Glow that Cameron has used his 'strong instincts' to question any strategy behind this decision.

2:37 pm  
Anonymous yunus bulbul said...

Relax, Anon. It's not a real magazine, it's a Shoppers magalog. How much damage could he do?

3:32 pm  
Anonymous Martin Zibauer said...

Jumping directly from AD to editor-in-chief may be rare, but it's not so uncommon for editors to have experience in art departments, and vice versa. Let's not revive old stereotypes here--the art director who doesn't read and the editor who can't fathom a conceptual illo are both myths.

3:46 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's up to his new employers at Glow to determine whether or not he was the best candidate for the position, anonymous. I don't see where anyone made that suggestion.

4:56 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glow has always been a train-wreck, although maybe now without Kelly Latimer it will be a less toxic environment... without that black cloud perhaps Glow will finally be able to shine with Cameron Williamson's editorial direction. Best of luck to him!

7:03 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like someone is a little bitter they didn't get that promotion at Glow, though it's not hard to see why Bitter Anonymous didn't make the cut.

9:02 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great news.

3:44 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Glow looks great! They did in fact win two NMA's last year in visual categories. Why does anyone thing that Cameron Williamson will make the book look any better? He has been hired as the Editor NOT the Art Director.

7:27 pm  
Anonymous Kristen Vinakmens said...

Agreed that glow looks great right now - the current holiday cover is probably its best ever.
And yunus bulbul - since when is glow a magalog? sure, it has backing from Shoppers, from that presence is barely felt. Having worked on both sides of custom versus consumer publishing, I'd say glow is as "consumer" a title as it gets.

3:23 pm  
Anonymous yunus bulbul said...

I guess somebody who works at P&G's Rouge magazine would consider Glow a consumer pub. A very pretty somebody who works at Rouge magazine, that is.

2:50 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know what happened to Beth at Glow?

4:45 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Considering that Shoppers has put the kybosch on anymore fashion within Glow's pages, Cameron will have to be satisfied navigating through pages of cosmetics, nutrition, health, and diapers. Not such a far fling from Chatelaine.
One has to wonder if he's destined for Flare.

2:35 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nobody seems to care about this decision anymore, I guess because we now know why it was made. So sad, so clear.

10:01 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now it seems Cameron was moved to Glow to make an opening at Chatelaine.
The palace at One Mt. Pleasant continues its unfortunate legacy of Byzantine intrigue.

8:36 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so many jealous folk. take a second and reflect on your comments people. it's a dog eat dog industry...that's nothing new....the difference between you and Cameron is that he is busy working/working it while you're wasting your time blogging your frustrations. just sayin'

2:45 pm  

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