San Diego Magazine Sold to Desert Publications, Inc.

Assets of leading luxury retail title acquired by Jim Fitzpatrick, Milt and Frank Jones



James L. Fitzpatrick, former president/CEO and publisher of San Diego Magazine, and Milt and Frank Jones, owners of Palm Springs, Calif.,-based Desert Publications, Inc. and regional titles throughout the Western U.S., today announced an agreement to acquire the assets of the San Diego Magazine Publishing Co., owners of the San Diego Magazine and publishers of a series of custom-publishing titles.

Jim Fitzpatrick and Milt and Frank Jones have long been involved in the city and regional magazine publishing industry – among other media enterprises – and have provided leadership to the City and Regional Magazine Association (CRMA), based in Los Angeles.  Their collective success includes profitable city and luxury titles, as well as regional custom publishing projects.    Both Fitzpatrick and Milt Jones have been past recipients of CRMA’s Lifetime Achievement Award, sponsored by longtime association partner, RR Donnelley, global leader in integrated digital and publishing solutions.  

“We will continue to strengthen our position as the established ‘must-read’ for residents and visitors of San Diego,” said Fitzpatrick, who sold San Diego Magazine to CurtCo Media in 2005 and will head publishing operations for San Diego Magazine LLC. 

“As the leading monthly publication in San Diego for 62 years, we will expand on the strength of the brand and emerging digital media to provide value to our readers and advertisers,” CurtCo CEO Bill Curtis said.  “We feel very comfortable placing San Diego Magazine in Jim Fitzpatrick’s experienced and capable hands,” he said. 

De Silva+Phillips represented the sellers in the transactions.    No financial terms were released.

Desert Publications, Inc. publishes Palm Springs Life, Desert Guide, Pebble Beach: The Magazine; Newport Beach Visitor’s Guide; Houston Visitor’s Guide and a variety of custom publications and annual hardbound, in-room GuestLife publications in Monterey Bay, Calif., New Mexico, Houston and El Paso, Texas; and Vancouver, British Columbia.

Comments to this website are moderated by staff. While all comments are welcome, we encourage all to be polite and please do not use this system for advertising or business promotions. Any complaint towards a business or service should be directed directly to that business and not posted here. If anyone has a complaint that a comment is defamatory, please contact me at tmay@palmspringslife.com and I will take appropriate action promptly. Thank You

Add your comment:
Edit Module
Palm Springs Life
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Articles

Lasers Light Up Fantasy Springs Bowling Center

Turn off the lights at Fantasy Springs Bowling Center at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, and one of America’s oldest recreational sports literally illuminates a whole new persona - laser bowling.

The Purple Room Audience May Recognize Shelagh Ratner's Voice First

Once she appears Sept. 20 at The Purple Room Restaurant & Stage in Palm Springs, it’s likely audience members will have an “aha!” moment upon hearing Shelagh Ratner’s voice.

Charles Busch Brings His Own Show to Copa Palm Springs

Charles Busch, who has portrayed female characters for most of his theater career, will personify Old Hollywood in his solo desert show debut.

Max Adler Delves into Gay Character Again With 'Saugatuck Cures'

Max Adler, known for his breakout role on 'Glee', has a busy fall in store between three films and two TV shows, but locally he can be seen in 'Saugatuck Cures' during Cinema Diverse Palm Springs.

Europa Restaurant Welcomes World-Traveled Chef Kitt Fraser

Executive Chef Kitt Fraser is excited about creating a new Mediterranean-influenced menu for Europa at Villa Royale in Palm Springs.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Promotions + Contests

Fashionista Friends

Fashionista Friends

Experience the glitz and glamour of Fashion Week El Paseo 2015.
2014/15 Best of the Best

2014/15 Best of the Best

Palm Springs Life’s annual Best of the Best. Readers tell us who their choice is for the “Best of the Best” of the Coachella Valley in over 40 categories.
GuestLife Magical Monterey Bay Experience

GuestLife Magical Monterey Bay Experience

Food + Wine Festival Grand Experience

Food + Wine Festival Grand Experience

Enter for a Chance to Win a Food + Wine Festival Palm Desert 2015 Grand Experience
Cartoon Caption Contest

Cartoon Caption Contest

Each month, we provide a vintage 1950’s cartoon illustrated by Alice Rovinsky. You are invited to submit a caption or vote for your favorite caption.