Ocean Drive Sues Former Employee For Siphoning Off Advertisers to Plum Mag

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Get ready for the battle of Miami's glossy luxury magazines. Niche Media, the parent company of Ocean Drive, has filed a $20 million lawsuit against former ad sales director Eden Williams for allegedly siphoning off high-end advertisers to Plum Miami. That's the recently launched magazine extension of Plum TV which recently hired Jerry Powers as CEO. Powers just so happens to be the original founder of Ocean Drive and remained at the magazine until he was forced out after he sold to Niche.

According to Ad Week, Williams was hired by Niche in 2003, long before it owned Ocean Drive, with little magazine experience. Williams jumped ship to Plum in July 2010 a few months before Powers took control of the company.

Plum produces fancy, smancy cable channels in luxury markets through out America, including Miami Beach, and under Powers recently launched Plum Miami, a magazine, with plans to launch more titles in other Plum markets.

In essence, Powers is at war with his former title and Niche CEO Jason Binn (his one time protegee).

Though the Powers-Binn rivalry may underscore the legal drama, at the center of the suit is Williams. Reports Ad Age:
Under the terms of her contract, Williams would not be allowed to compete directly against her former employer for at least a year within a 150 mile radius of her former publications.

She is also barred from using the contacts she gained at Niche for another publisher.

If the judge agrees with Niche, Plum would also be barred from using Williams for ad sales.
Something tells us that the war between Plum and Ocean Drive is just getting started, and will be a lot more interesting than anything either title fills their pages with.

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8 comments
Abigail Pollack
Abigail Pollack

They should have a contract to regulate this issue..

Abigail Pollack

Fred Judd
Fred Judd

who cares, magazines are dead.

JPHater
JPHater

All I will say is thank God Jacqueline Powers isn't writing for the New Times anymore. She was the worst!

Midgets fight
Midgets fight

Jason Binn is a little slimy worm.

Jerry Powers created Ocean Drive Magazine using Binn's father's money. Then Binn fired Powers.

6degrees
6degrees

Glad to hear the miami mag biz is still retarded...

Two snakes fighting
Two snakes fighting

Jason Binn is a a**hole. Jerry Powers turned in his boss Peter Max to the IRS to get a reduced sentence for his own tax evasion charges.

Two snakes.

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