Nova editor Deborah Bee has lined up her senior editorial team in
preparation for the magazine’s launch, expected to be within weeks.
The most recent arrival is Jan Masters, who joined in mid-February as
beauty and health director from Cosmopolitan, where she was beauty
Masters spent two years at Cosmopolitan, and before that worked for New
Bee has also recruited Stefanie Marsh from Tatler, where she was arts
editor. Marsh will be features editor at Nova, which is being revived by
IPC after an absence of more than 20 years from the magazine stands.
The senior fashion team consists of fashion director Venetia Scott and
senior fashion editor Nancy Rohde. Scott has worked as a freelance
stylist for London designer Mark Jacobs, and has freelanced for i-D
magazine and British and Italian Vogue.
Rohde joined in January from The Face, where she was a contributing
Bee joined IPC to launch the magazine from the now-defunct style
magazine Scene. She has also written for the Daily Telegraph,
Cosmopolitan and Vogue.
Nova was originally launched in 1965, and became part of IPC Magazines
in 1968, but closed 11 years later. The new version will borrow from the
brand heritage of the original title, its publisher Rita Lewis has
It is being published by IPC in conjunction with Groupe Marie
The two publishers also have an agreement to produce the British edition
of Marie Claire.
In January, IPC hired consumer PR agency Ketchum Life to promote the
magazine (PR Week, 21 January). The agency was hired to handle the
run-up to the launch, which was then expected in to be in March or
April, and to help promote the first three issues, when the account will
Ketchum pitched against four other agencies to win the work.