Penthouse Acquires Omni Magazine, A Science And Science Fiction Publication

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Penthouse Acquires Omni Magazine
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Penthouse announced today its acquisition of Omni magazine, with plans for a late October print issue of the science and science fiction publication.

Ceased Publication In 1997

Omni was co-founded in 1978 by Kathy Keeton and her longtime
collaborator and future husband Bob Guccione, then publisher of Penthouse. It
was published as a print version until 1995, then switched to an online
presence for a year before ceasing publication in 1997 following Keeton’s
death.

“Pull All The Pieces Of The Brand Back Together”

“As Penthouse Global Media enters its second year under new ownership,
our driving principle is to put all of the pieces of the brand back together
again. As a result of decades of neglect, much of this company’s brilliant
legacy was lost … until now,” Penthouse CEO Kelly Holland said in a
statement.

Omni To Appear On Newsstands

“I am proud to announce that one of those casualties, Omni — the
magazine of science and science fiction, heralded as one of Guccione’s most
iconic brands — is once again a part of the Penthouse family where it
belongs,” she said. “Thanks in large part to Pamela Weintraub, one of Omni’s
original editors, who had the foresight to bring the brand back to life by re-
registering the trademarks and launching a digital site, she, along with many
of the original Omni staff, will deliver the award-winning magazine to
newsstands once again.”

Guccione And Keeton

Weintraub, who shepherded the magazine’s return in 2016 with two print
issues, noted that both Penthouse and Omni were created by Guccione, who died
in 2010, and Keeton “as part of their cultural vision for the late 20th
century, and since Omni’s founding in 1978, sat side-by-side in the same
offices, sharing the same coffee machines and the same editorial support.”

Omni Published Work By George R.R. Martin

The magazine under Keeton’s guidance was known for Q&As with “thought
leaders” like Richard Feynman, Candace Pert and Freeman Dyson, gonzo-style
journalism, literary long-form pieces on the sciences, award-winning fiction
and futuristic art. Omni published work by George R.R. Martin, Stephen King,
William Gibson, Octavia E. Butler, Ursula K. Le Guin and artist H.R. Giger,
among others.

The upcoming issue will address “the cultural yearning for science and
innovation during a time of political uncertainty,” according to Penthouse.

“The Timing Is Perfect To Go Back Into Print”

“As a magazine publisher, I understand the value in acquiring Omni and
believe the timing is perfect to go back into print,” Holland said. “In the
’80s, Omni captured the spirit of a culture enthralled with science and its
possibilities — one that explored and obsessed over the magic put forth in
reality-bending films like `Alien’ and `Terminator’ and `Blade Runner,’ and the
technological boon that brought us the space shuttle, flip phones and
flourishing test tube babies.

“Scientists And Geeks Are The Rockstars”

“Here we stand in that moment again — in an era of `Alternative
Facts’ and climate change deniers, evolution skeptics and flat earthers, where
the science of wonder is more relevant and urgent than ever,” Holland said.

“Today scientists and geeks are the rockstars of popular culture. Science
fiction continues to be our collective obsession, and, given Moore’s Law, the
intersection of fantasy and science is closer than ever.”

City News Service.
Photo By: MyImages – Micha

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