NEW YORK, Dec 22, 2005 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- In the final episode of NBC's
"The Apprentice: Martha Stewart", Martha Stewart, Founder of Martha Stewart
Living Omnimedia, Inc. (NYSE: MSO), selected candidate Dawna Stone as her
apprentice and named her to the new position of Director of Development of
Body + Soul, the company's rapidly growing magazine providing "how-to" and
inspiration for healthy, natural living.
In the past year, Body + Soul has grown more than 30% in circulation,
making it one of the fastest growing magazines in the natural lifestyle
category. Now, more than ever, people are paying attention to what they eat,
how they manage stress, how to stay fit, and how to bring balance to their
lives. The magazine is on track to increase circulation again in March 2006 by
more than 15%, and an additional 14% in July 2006, when circulation will reach
Ms. Stone is a great fit for this new position at the magazine. She is
Founder and Publisher of Her Sports, a magazine for women who are very active,
sports-oriented, healthy and fit. In her new position at Body + Soul, Ms.
Stone will focus on new business development for the magazine, tasked with
growing national advertising programs and creating ancillary revenue streams.
Ms. Stone will work closely with Martha Stewart as well as with Body & Soul
Publisher Janesse Bruce and her Boston-based team.
Stated Martha Stewart: "Dawna is creative and talented, and her
entrepreneurial spirit and publishing experience make her a valuable addition
to Body + Soul during its period of rapid growth."
"I am thrilled to have been chosen by Martha Stewart as her apprentice and
to work with the team at Body + Soul. This is a fantastic opportunity to have
a significant impact on the continued success of this magazine," said Dawna
Added Janesse Bruce: "We see significant opportunity for Body + Soul over
the next year and look forward to working closely with Dawna to develop new
initiatives in sales and marketing. We welcome Dawna to the team."
MSLO is offering a special discount on a subscription to Body + Soul at
In August 2004, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. acquired Body + Soul
magazine from New Age Publishing, Inc. and Dr. Andrew Weil's Self Healing
newsletter from Thorne Communications, Inc.
About Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. (MSLO) is a leading provider of
original "how-to" information, inspiring and engaging consumers with unique
lifestyle content and high-quality products. MSLO is organized into four
business segments: Publishing, Television, Merchandising, and Internet/Direct
Commerce. Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. is listed on the New York
Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol MSO.
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