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Family Fun magazine leaving Northampton; jobs moving to New York City



Last modified: Tuesday, June 16, 2015
NORTHAMPTON — Family Fun magazine, which has been based in Northampton for 24 years, will relocate to New York City in August.

Patrick Taylor, a spokesman for the magazine’s parent company, Meredith Corp., said the magazine’s 21 employees at its 47 Pleasant St. location were notified last week that the magazine would be moved to the company’s Manhattan office at 805 3rd Ave.. That is where the editorial teams of three of Meredith’s other publications — Parents, American Baby and Family Circle — are already located.

Taylor said Family Fun magazine will continue to be published there.

“We felt we wanted to bring the teams together in one location for greater collaboration and teamwork,” Taylor said Thursday. “This is no reflection of the team up in Northampton. They are a talented group of folks.”

The company has not yet determined whether any jobs would be eliminated as a result of the move. But, no jobs will remain in Northampton, he said.

The magazine was located in the Roundhouse Building off Old South Street until the mid-2000s, when it moved to the former post office on Pleasant Street.

Family Fun was the last of four magazines in the Pioneer Valley previously owned by Disney Publishing Worldwide. The company closed Disney Magazine in 2005, Disney Adventures in 2007 and the short-lived Wondertime magazine in 2009, and sold Family Fun to Meredith Corp. in 2012. At that time, the magazine had 50 employees, according to previous reports in the Gazette.

Jake Winebaum, a former editor at U.S. News and World Report, founded the magazine in 1991 with the idea that it would be focused not on serious parenting issues, but, instead, on the fun parts of raising children. He recruited Hans Teensma, founder of the design company Impress Inc., then based in Haydenville, to design Family Fun. Disney bought the publication soon afterward.

Family Fun is one of two magazines owned by Meredith with operations outside of the Manhattan office and headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa, Taylor said. The other is Eating Well in Shelburne, Vermont.

There is no plan to move Eating Well to New York City, according to Taylor.

Staff Writer Rebecca Everett contributed to this story. Dave Eisenstadter can be reached at deisen@gazettenet.com.