Saturday, May 18, 2024

The Hamptons Are Getting a New Player in the Media Wars: Grazia Gazette Hits Town At All the Hot Spots


Who said newspapers were dead? Not Dylan Howard, the former tabloid wunderkind from American Media before it rebranded as A360 Media. Since leaving the controversial publisher, Howard has quietly (and quickly) built a series of media companies including launching the 83-year-old fashion bible, Grazia, into the USA from the Italian powerhouse Mondadori Media.

Now the East End of New York is about to get a shake-up. Move over Hamptons Magazine, Dan’s Papers, and Purist, Howard’s Grazia Gazette: The Hamptons edition hits the streets and homes from today. I got a look at the product yesterday and it is stacked with advertisers like Ferragamo, Bentley, One&Only Resorts, Zero Bond and more.

The cover star is Madelyn Cline from Netflix’s hit show Outer Banks. But Howard still brings his style of journalism to the forefront with a compelling read on the halcyon days of disco at Studio 54. In all, it’s a luxury newspaper for the rich and famous designed and distributed to the playground of America’s rich and famous.

Howard, who has kept a low profile since exiting American Media, told me he’s releasing “at least” six editions of the Grazia Gazette: The Hamptons through labor day and the print run is 45,000 plus 200K digital distribution. You’ve got to give it to the 39-year-old Australian, who owns 100% of the company and has zero private investors, as he told me. He’s bounced back from the Trump and Bezos controversies and is building his own media empire. No surprise to learn that one of his media conglomerates is aptly called Empire Media Group, Inc.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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