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Guide to the Time Inc. New Media Records: Editor Daniel Okrent Files
1989-2001
 MS 3009-RG 45

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Collection processed by Holly Deakyne and Melanie Rinehart

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on August 13, 2020
Description is in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Time, inc.
Title: Time Inc. New Media Records: Editor Daniel Okrent Files
Dates [inclusive]: 1989-2001
Abstract: The Time Inc. New Media Records contain Daniel Okrent's files created while he was Editor of New Media and document this department's management of Time Inc.'s internet projects including websites for each magazine.
Quantity: 4.5 Linear feet in 5 record cartons
Language: The documents in the collection are in English.
Call Phrase: MS 3009-RG 45
Sponsor: The processing of the Time Inc. Records was made possible by a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.

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Historical Note

According to records about Time Inc. Multimedia/Time Inc. New Media in the Time Inc. Subject Files (MS 3009-RG 1), Time Inc. created the New Media department in November 1993 in preparation for the testing of an interactive cable TV service with the appointment of Walter Isaacson as editor. At this time, the department Time Inc. Multimedia already existed separately. In 1994, Time magazine announced it was planning "a World Wide Web 'site'" and began testing of Pathfinder in October 1994 with supervision from both Time Inc. Multimedia and New Media. Pathfinder was an early Time Warner website containing editorial material from all Time Warner divisions including Time Inc. magazines. By mid-1997, news articles indicate that Pathfinder was struggling, and Time Inc. abandoned it at some point in favor of maintaining individual websites for each magazine.

When head of Multimedia Curt Viebranz left Time Inc., Isaacson and New Media took over management of Time Inc.'s online, cable online and electronic distribution of content. In January 1995, Paul Sagan was appointed Senior Vice President of New Media, later becoming President and Editor of New Media. In June 1996 New Media appointed Meg Siesfeld as the Managing Editor, responsible for the continuing development of Pathfinder. Sagan resigned at the end of 1996 with Danial Okrent replacing him as Editor of New Media. In February 1997, Time Inc. appointed Craig Forman as the Editor-at-Large for New Media. In April 1997, Linda McCutcheon Conneally was appointed as President of New Media, filling the position left by Sagan. It isn't documented how long after her resignation from Time Inc. in April 1999 the New Media department remained in existence.

Other projects managed by New Media included participation in the launch of Road Runner high speed cable internet in September 1996, a service created by the Excalibur Group, a joint venture of Time Warner Cable and Time Inc.; Thrive, a joint venture between Time Inc. and America Online providing content about healthy living; and Money.com Plus, a subscription personal finance website with partner Thomson Financial Services.

Biographical Note

Daniel Okrent joined Life in 1989 as a consultant and contributing editor before being appointed as the Assistant Managing Editor. In December 1992, he was appointed the  Life Managing Editor.

Daniel Okrent joined the New Media department as Editor at the end of 1996, taking over one of the roles vacated by Paul Sagan. According to a November 1996 news release announcing Okrent's appointment, he "will oversee the editorial content of the company's online, cable online and Internet publishing activities. In addition to his responsibilities for Pathfinder... Okrent will work closely with the managing editors of the Time Inc. magazines to fully exploit the online opportunities for each of the company's titles." and "work with ...outside content providers interested in pursuing new media initiatives with Time Inc." Okrent served two years in this position before being named Time Inc. Editor-at-Large in March 1999.

Aside from his work at Time Inc., Okrent was a writer and participated as a commentator in Ken Burns's documentary on baseball.

Citation:

Time Inc. Bio Files, MS 3009-RG 2, New-York Historical Society.

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Scope and Contents

Daniel Okrent Files include his correspondence and subject files created during his tenure as Editor of New Media and document this department's management of Time Inc.'s internet projects including websites for each magazine. The paperwork transferring Okrent's files to the archives is in his Bio file. Some files from his time as Managing Editor of Life were included in the transfer and remain with these files.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Okrent, Daniel, 1948-

Document Type

  • Corporation records
  • Organization files

Subject Organizations

  • Time, inc. -- Archives
  • Time, inc. -- History

Subject Topics

  • Corporations -- History
  • Corporations -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Internet industry
  • Mass media -- United States
  • Online information services industry
  • Publishers and publishing -- New York (State) -- New York.

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Gift of Time Inc. in 2015.

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers with the exception of restricted materials. Restricted materials include personnel records dated after 1975; personnel performance evaluations; contracts and agreements; and records with personally identifiable information. Restricted materials are located in box R38.

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Use Restrictions

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Preferred Citation Note

This record group should be cited as Time Inc. New Media Records: Editor Daniel Okrent Files (MS 3009-RG 45), The New-York Historical Society.

Related Archival Materials Note

This finding aid relates to just one record group of the Time Inc. Records. For information about the other record groups and for overall information about the archives, please see the Guide to the Time Inc. Records (MS 3009). The Henry Luce Papers (MS 3014) were acquired with the Time Inc. Records. The collection of books acquired with the records are cataloged as the Time Inc. Reference Library. Additional records on the New Media department and Daniel Okrent are located in the Time Inc. Subject Files (MS 3009-RG 1) and the Time Inc. Bio Files (MS 3009-RG 2).

Processing Information Note

Editor Daniel Okrent Files were initially processed by Melanie Rinehart in 2017. Holly Deakyne added additionally discovered materials in 2020. Documents were removed from hanging folders and transferred to new housing. Folders that contained only resumes and other job seeking materials have been removed. Deakyne created the inventory and descriptive notes for this record group.

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Container List

Series I. Correspondence, 1993-2001. 2.25 Linear feet in 3 record cartons

Scope and Contents

Okrent's correspondence is a mix of business and personal. Records include interoffice memoranda, correspondence from companies interested in partnerships, invitations to professional events, and some correspondence from users of Time Inc. websites and discussion boards. Personal correspondence includes that related to Okrent's professional work outside of Time Inc. as a writer and commentator.

His correspondence also includes transcripts and other material for John Loengard's Life oral history project and remains with the set from 1999 in the original order although this project was conducted earlier.

Arrangement

Organized chronologically. Based on the original order, correspondence maintains two sets of A-Z miscellaneous with some specific titled folders included in alphabetical order. The first set of correspondenced has dates beginning with 1996 and the second set has dates beginning with 1999. Folders that belong to neither group are filed in chronological order.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 3827 Folder : 1 Pearlstine, Norm: Memoranda to and from
1995-1999
Offsite-Box: 3827 Folder : 2 Pearlstine, Norm: Staff Changes Memoranda
1995-1998
Offsite-Box: 3827 Folder : 3 A Miscellaneous
1996-1998
Offsite-Box: 3827 Folder : 4-5 B Miscellaneous
1996-1998
Offsite-Box: 3827 Folder : 6 C Miscellaneous
1996-1998
Offsite-Box: 3827 Folder : 7 D Miscellaneous
1996-1998
Offsite-Box: 3827 Folder : 8 E Miscellaneous
1996-1998
Offsite-Box: 3827 Folder : 9-10 F Miscellaneous
1996-1998
Offsite-Box: 3827 Folder : 11 G Miscellaneous
1996-1998
Offsite-Box: 3827 Folder : 12 H Miscellaneous
1996-1998
Offsite-Box: 3827 Folder : 13 I Miscellaneous
1996-1998
Offsite-Box: 3827 Folder : 14 J Miscellaneous
1996-1998
Offsite-Box: 3827 Folder : 15 K Miscellaneous
1996-1998
Offsite-Box: 3827 Folder : 16 L Miscellaneous
1996-1998
Offsite-Box: 3827 Folder : 17-18 M Miscellaneous
1996-1998
Offsite-Box: 3827 Folder : 19 Mc Miscellaneous
1996-1998
Offsite-Box: 3827 Folder : 20 McGwire, Mark
1998
Offsite-Box: 3827 Folder : 21 McPartland, Marian
1998
Offsite-Box: 3827 Folder : 22 N Miscellaneous
1996-1998
Offsite-Box: 3827 Folder : 23 O Miscellaneous
1996-1998
Offsite-Box: 3827 Folder : 24 P Miscellaneous
1996-1998
Offsite-Box: 3827 Folder : 25 Q Miscellaneous
1996-1998
Offsite-Box: 3827 Folder : 26 R Miscellaneous
1996-1998
Offsite-Box: 3827 Folder : 27-28 S Miscellaneous
1996-1998
Offsite-Box: 3827 Folder : 29 Sinatra and Pop Culture
1998
Offsite-Box: 3828 Folder : 1 T Miscellaneous
1996-1998
Offsite-Box: 3828 Folder : 2 U Miscellaneous
1996-1998
Offsite-Box: 3828 Folder : 3 V Miscellaneous
1996-1998
Offsite-Box: 3828 Folder : 4 W Miscellaneous
1996-1998
Offsite-Box: 3828 Folder : 5 XYZ Miscellaneous
1996-1998
Offsite-Box: 3828 Folder : 6 Correspondence
1997-1998
Offsite-Box: 3828 Folder : 7 A Miscellaneous
1999-2000
Offsite-Box: 3828 Folder : 8 B Miscellaneous
1999-2000
Offsite-Box: 3828 Folder : 9 C Miscellaneous
1999-2001
Offsite-Box: 3828 Folder : 10 D Miscellaneous
1999-2001
Offsite-Box: 3828 Folder : 11 E Miscellaneous
1999
Offsite-Box: 3828 Folder : 12 Editorial Guidelines
1997
Offsite-Box: 3828 Folder : 13 F Miscellaneous
1999-2001
Offsite-Box: 3828 Folder : 14 G Miscellaneous
1999-2001
Offsite-Box: 3828 Folder : 15 H Miscellaneous
1999
Offsite-Box: 3828 Folder : 16 I Miscellaneous
1999
Offsite-Box: 3828 Folder : 17 Idea Submission Form Letter
1997-1999
Offsite-Box: 3828 Folder : 18 J Miscellaneous
1999
Offsite-Box: 3828 Folder : 19 K Miscellaneous
1999-2000
Offsite-Box: 3828 Folder : 20 Kiosk Project
1998
Offsite-Box: 3828 Folder : 21 L Miscellaneous
1999
Offsite-Box: 3828 Folder : 22 Lamb, David
2000
Offsite-Box: 3828 Folder : 23 Lycos
1997
Offsite-Box: 3828 Folder : 24 M Miscellaneous
1999-2000
Offsite-Box: 3828 Folder : 25 Magazine Ideas
1997
Offsite-Box: 3828 Folder : 26 Marketing Memoranda
1997
Offsite-Box: 3828 Folder : 27 MIT Media Lab
1997
Offsite-Box: 3828 Folder : 28 Mc Miscellaneous
1999
Offsite-Box: 3828 Folder : 29 McDonald, Scott
1997
Offsite-Box: 3828 Folder : 30 McKinsey
1997
Offsite-Box: 3828 Folder : 31 N Miscellaneous
1999-2000
Offsite-Box: 3828 Folder : 32 Nagourney, David
1999
Offsite-Box: 3828 Folder : 33-34 Nylen, Bob/Waldman, Steve: BeliefOnline.com
1999
Offsite-Box: 3828 Folder : 35 O Miscellaneous [empty]
1999
Offsite-Box: 3828 Folder : 36 P Miscellaneous
1999
Offsite-Box: 3828 Folder : 37-38 Photographers: Life: John Loengard Interview Project
1993-1996
Offsite-Box: 3828 Folder : 39 Photography
1996
Offsite-Box: 3828 Folder : 40 Popular Science
2001
Offsite-Box: 3828 Folder : 41-46 Principal for a Day
1996-2000
Offsite-Box: 3828 Folder : 47 Privacy
1998
Offsite-Box: 3828 Folder : 48 Q Miscellaneous [empty]
1999
Offsite-Box: 3828 Folder : 49 R Miscellaneous
1999-2001
Offsite-Box: 3828 Folder : 50 Ratings, Internet
1998
Offsite-Box: 3828 Folder : 51 Recreational Software Advisory Committee
1997
Offsite-Box: 3828 Folder : 52 Rowan, Doug: Interlane Images Entertainment
1998
Offsite-Box: 3828 Folder : 53 Ryan, Kevin: People Online
1999
Offsite-Box: 3828 Folder : 54 S Miscellaneous
1999-2000
Offsite-Box: 3828 Folder : 55 Search Engines Memorandum
1997
Offsite-Box: 3828 Folder : 56 The Sign
1996
Offsite-Box: 3828 Folder : 57 Smith, Danyel
1999
Offsite-Box: 3829 Folder : 1 Smith, Mike: Customer Summary
1999
Offsite-Box: 3829 Folder : 2 T Miscellaneous
1999
Offsite-Box: 3829 Folder : 3 U Miscellaneous [empty]
1999
Offsite-Box: 3829 Folder : 4 V Miscellaneous
1999
Offsite-Box: 3829 Folder : 5 W Miscellaneous
1999
Offsite-Box: 3829 Folder : 6 XYZ Miscellaneous
1999
Offsite-Box: 3829 Folder : 7 Zentmyer, Dave: Lands End
1998

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Series II. Subject Files, 1989-2001. 2.25 Linear feet in 3 record cartons

Scope and Contents

The Subject Files are Okrent's office files on various projects and subjects related to his work as Editor of New Media. Items of interest include webpage printouts of Pathfinder; some user commentary on Pathfinder; and a New Media Department strategy workshop organized by McKinsey & Co.

Arrangement

Organized alphabetically.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: 3829 Folder : 8 Advertising
1997
Offsite-Box: 3829 Folder : 9 Ad File
1997
Offsite-Box: 3829 Folder : 10 Allpolitics
1997
Offsite-Box: 3829 Folder : 11 AOL-Time Warner
2000-2001
Offsite-Box: 3829 Folder : 12 Ask Dr. Weil
1996-1997
Offsite-Box: R38 Ask Dr. Weil [RESTRICTED]
1997
Offsite-Box: 3829 Folder : 13 AskJeeves.com
1998
Offsite-Box: 3829 Folder : 14 ASME (American Society of Magazine Editors) Guidelines: Advertising
1989-1999
Offsite-Box: 3829 Folder : 15 ASME (American Society of Magazine Editors) Online
1996
Offsite-Box: 3829 Folder : 16 Audible Inc.
1999
Offsite-Box: R38 Audible Inc. [RESTRICTED]
1999
Offsite-Box: 3829 Folder : 17 Bankable Ideas
1997
Offsite-Box: 3829 Folder : 18 Box Scores
1997
Offsite-Box: 3829 Folder : 19 Budget and Forecast
1996
Offsite-Box: 3829 Folder : 20 Bulletin Boards
1997
Offsite-Box: 3829 Folder : 21 Calio, Jim: Video Magazines
1992
Offsite-Box: 3829 Folder : 22 Cannon, Graham
1997
Offsite-Box: 3829 Folder : 23 Casey, Susan: Sports Illustrated Women
2001
Offsite-Box: 3829 Folder : 24 Catro, Janice
1997
Offsite-Box: 3829 Folder : 25 CNN [empty]
circa 1997
Offsite-Box: R38 Compuserve [RESTRICTED]
1997-1998
Offsite-Box: 3829 Folder : 26 Conflict of Interest
1998
Offsite-Box: R38 Contracts [RESTRICTED]
1997
Offsite-Box: 3829 Folder : 27 Contract Letters (Form)
1999
Offsite-Box: 3829 Folder : 28 Consumer Research
1996-1997
Offsite-Box: 3829 Folder : 29 Corbis
1996
Offsite-Box: 3829 Folder : 30 Development/Strategic Plan
1996-1997
Offsite-Box: 3829 Folder : 31 Dobbs, Lou
1997
Offsite-Box: 3829 Folder : 32 Duncan, Dick
1998-1999
Offsite-Box: 3829 Folder : 33 E-Books Steering Committee
2000
Offsite-Box: 3829 Folder : 34 Electronic Rights Policy
1994
Offsite-Box: 3829 Folder : 35 Ellis, Rosemary
1997
Offsite-Box: 3829 Folder : 36 Entertainment Weekly
1997-1998
Offsite-Box: 3829 Folder : 37 Farrell, Greg
1998
Offsite-Box: R38 Fedor, Melissa [RESTRICTED]
1999
Offsite-Box: R38 Financial Miscellaneous [RESTRICTED]
1996-1998
Offsite-Box: 3829 Folder : 38 Forman, Craig: Time Digital Weekend
1996-1997
Offsite-Box: 3829 Folder : 39 Fortune: General
1997
Offsite-Box: 3829 Folder : 40 Fortune: Gift Recording Sets
1997
Offsite-Box: 3829 Folder : 41 Gabler, Neal
1997
Offsite-Box: 3829 Folder : 42 General Ind. Info (Internet advertising)
1996
Offsite-Box: 3829 Folder : 43 Goldstein, Jared
1997
Offsite-Box: 3829 Folder : 44 Goodgame, Dan (Personal TIME)
1998
Offsite-Box: R38 Goodman, Mark [RESTRICTED]
1996-1998
Offsite-Box: 3829 Folder : 45 Gubbins, Bill
1996-1998
Offsite-Box: 3829 Folder : 46 Hershey, Terry
1998
Offsite-Box: R38 Hewlett Packard [RESTRICTED]
1998
Offsite-Box: 3829 Folder : 47 Hot Dots (personal e-shopper)
2000
Offsite-Box: 3829 Folder : 48 InStyle
1997
Offsite-Box: 3829 Folder : 49 Internet Content Coalition
1997-1999
Offsite-Box: 3829 Folder : 50 Iseman, Peter
1997
Offsite-Box: 3830 Folder : 1 Katz, Don: Audible Inc.
1998
Offsite-Box: 3830 Folder : 2 Kessler, Judy
1996
Offsite-Box: 3830 Folder : 3 Libassi, Paul
1996
Offsite-Box: 3830 Folder : 4 Life [empty]
circa 1996
Offsite-Box: 3830 Folder : 5 Madoff, Steven: The Women's Channel
1998
Offsite-Box: 3830 Folder : 6 Marshall, Jessica
1997
Offsite-Box: 3830 Folder : 7 McCutcheon, Linda
1997-1998
Offsite-Box: 3830 Folder : 8 McCutcheon, Linda: Point of View (Business Issues)
1996
Offsite-Box: 3830 Folder : 9 McKean, Kevin: Money.com
1998
Offsite-Box: 3830 Folder : 10 McKinsey: 1998 Strategic Plan
1997
Offsite-Box: 3830 Folder : 11 Memoranda
1997-1998
Offsite-Box: 3830 Folder : 12 Money
1997
Offsite-Box: 3830 Folder : 13 Naythons [empty]
circa 1996
Offsite-Box: R38 NuvoMedia, Inc. [RESTRICTED]
1998
Offsite-Box: 3830 Folder : 14-15 Pathfinder Offsite Presentation
1996
Offsite-Box: 3830 Folder : 16 Pathfinder Policies and Standards
1997-1998
Offsite-Box: 3830 Folder : 17-18 People
1998
Offsite-Box: 3830 Folder : 19 Personnel
1996-1997
Offsite-Box: 3830 Folder : 20 Petrow, Steven
1997-1998
Offsite-Box: 3830 Folder : 21 Photography
1996
Offsite-Box: 3830 Folder : 22 Press, Gail
1998
Offsite-Box: 3830 Folder : 23 Rivera, Ed
1997
Offsite-Box: 3830 Folder : 24-25 Roadrunner/Marlowe Teig
1996
Offsite-Box: R38 Royte, Elizabeth [RESTRICTED]
1998
Offsite-Box: 3830 Folder : 26-28 Softbook Press
1998-1999
Offsite-Box: R38 Softbook Press [RESTRICTED]
1998
Offsite-Box: R38 Softbook Press II [RESTRICTED]
1999
Offsite-Box: R38 Softbook Press III [RESTRICTED]
1999
Offsite-Box: 3830 Folder : 29 Sports Illustrated
1997
Offsite-Box: 3830 Folder : 30 Sports Illustrated for Kids
1997
Offsite-Box: 3830 Folder : 31 Tenti, Gianluca
1998
Offsite-Box: 3830 Folder : 32 Territo, Joe: Editorial Management Group
1997
Offsite-Box: 3830 Folder : 33 Thrive
1995-1997
Offsite-Box: 3830 Folder : 34 Time
1997
Offsite-Box: 3830 Folder : 35 Time: Crime
1997
Offsite-Box: 3830 Folder : 36 Time for Kids
1997
Offsite-Box: 3830 Folder : 37-38 Time Global
1997
Offsite-Box: 3830 Folder : 39 Time: International Use of Domestic
1997
Offsite-Box: 3830 Folder : 40 Time in New Media Task Force
1998-1999
Offsite-Box: 3830 Folder : 41 Wired
1998
Offsite-Box: 3830 Folder : 42 Woods, Dan
1997

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