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Penske Media Purchases Fairchild Trade Magazines From Conde Nast

Penske Media Corp. has acquired Fairchild Fashion Media’s trade magazines, including WWD and Footwear News, from Condé Nast Publications for allegedly $100 million, say sources.
WWD May 2014 issue on the Met Ball | Source: WWD
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LOS ANGELES, United States — Penske Media Corp., the Los Angeles-based publishing company founded by automotive heir Jay Penske, is acquiring Fairchild Fashion Media's trade magazines from Conde Nast Publications.

The sale includes Women’s Wear Daily and Footwear News, according to a statement today from the companies. Fairchild will retain its consumer brands, such as Style.com.

“This is a unique and remarkable opportunity to add a collection of esteemed global brands to our growing portfolio,” Penske, who is chairman and chief executive officer, said in the statement.

The purchase price was $100 million, the New York Times reported earlier today.

Women’s Wear Daily had total print circulation of 59,189 and monthly visitors of 827,200, according to the company’s Web site.

Fairchild was founded in 1892 by Edmund Fairchild. The company was owned by Capital Cities Communications for a number of years before that company's acquisition by Walt Disney Co. Advance Publications, the Newhouse family's publishing business, acquired Fairchild from Disney in 1999.

In addition to Variety, Penske brands include Deadline.com and HollywoodLife.com, two other entertainment industry news sources.

By Christopher Palmeri; Anthony Palazzo

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