It’s hard to believe we’re already at the end of another fantastic year for DuJour. In the past 12 months, we’ve made unprecedented strides in seamlessly integrating our quarterly print magazine and monthly digital issues. After much research and development, we’re proud to introduce the DuJour app, a state-of-the-art experience putting us at the forefront of modern technology and media. (Download it now, and let me know your thoughts!)
I can’t think of another media property that’s won more accolades, online and off, from prestigious and prominent outlets than DuJour.
On a personal note, in my 25-year publishing career nothing has been more rewarding than to have been named as one of the most influential and impactful media visionaries of the year by industry authority Folio, which honored me alongside peers and friends including Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer, BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti, Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp and Bloomberg Media Group CEO Justin Smith.
Additionally, we’ve been nominated by min, the industry must-read, for awards including Best Web Design, Best Magazine Launch and Best Investigative Feature, and AdWeek has nominated us for its Hottest Newcomer Award. I hope by the time this issue comes out we’ll have already won!
Content is king, but drawing in the right local and national audiences, when working with strategic partners, is priceless—and our marketing partners continue to support us as we experience new, exciting developments and become more nimble than ever. (We’ve got big news to come!)
Speaking of great content, look no further for proof than our winter cover star, Lupita Nyong’o, a bright new talent whose big-screen debut in director Steve McQueen’s incredible 12 Years a Slave, produced by Brad Pitt, is one of the most buzzed-about performances of the year and is already winning awards. Or take our recent digital cover, NBA All-Star and former Boston Celtic Paul Pierce, who just relocated with his gorgeous, generous wife Julie and their three wonderful children to play for the Brooklyn Nets. They’re spectacular people who work hard to engage the community they live in and who know the meaning of the phrase “giving back,” and I’m glad to call them my neighbors. The welcome party we threw for the Pierces wouldn’t have been possible without Bruce Bozzi and The Palm Restaurant, Graff CEO Henri Barguirdjian, whose fabulous jewels shined as bright as the Pierces, and John Esposito and elit by Stolichnaya.
There’s nothing more rewarding than supporting great people like my dear pal Goldie Hawn, who recently spoke to DuJour about her education-focused charity, the Hawn Foundation, and opened her home for an intimate photo shoot and interview. Goldie and her partner, Kurt Russell, also made headlines as guests of honor at a party we threw for them at Seth Greenberg’s Espace with Arty Dozortsev and Forever Young wines.
Here’s to a great 2014 full of love, peace and happiness.