Is a “branded magazine” a custom magazine? For the second time this week (Forrester Magazine was the first) we’re seeing the announcement of a “branded magazine” — a magazine that is, in effect, a product extension of an existing brand. Today (what’s with Friday announcements), Hachette announced it is launching the magazine, “Chris Madden,” that will be “centered around stylemaker Chris Madden (sorry, the only famous Madden I’ve heard of is on Monday Night Football), who sells a line of home merchandise at J.C. Penney Co.,” according to Reuters. The story says that 400,000 copies of the magazine will be distributed via newsstand and another 50,000 copies via J.C. Penney. To me, this is clearly a custom (or, customer) magazine, but I am sure its backers will disagree with such a characterization because of the business model (which, is probably a licensing arrangement or joint venture). Whatever.