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Revolving Door Newsletter: 04.27.12

New Chief At Star; NYT Magazine Loses 'Ethicist'

April 27, 2012
David Pecker finally makes the long-rumored changes at the top of American Media. James Heidenry, a Maxim and Manhattan veteran, takes over the editor-in-chief role of Star after David Perel was bounced upstairs to executive vice president, digital. Tim Plant will serve as executive editor for the publication that hopes to broaden its readership base, according to Heidenry. Richard Spencer is the new Celebrity Magazine Group editorial director, a better spot for him since he doesn't have to be in the office every day. (He recently made waves as the absentee editor-in-chief of OK!.) Ryan Pienciak, the man who kept everything going day-to-day during Spencer's disappearance, is rewarded with the EIC role at OK! while Leah Ginsberg takes his executive editor slot...

Meredith Corp. cuts 80 jobs, covering its entire slate of magazines. The New York Post goes all-in, calling it a "shocking bloodbath" for a publication that had been "humming along with major expansion moves." Advertising pages were down 17.8 percent in the first quarter of 2012... Parade recruits Mary Gallagher as Northeast regional manager. She had been integrated account manager at Time Inc.'s All You... The New York Times Magazine loses "Ethicist" Ariel Kaminer, who returns to the Metro section of the paper to write features...

New York Daily News Web editor Scott Cohen leaves for the riches of Silicon Valley. Cohen joins Vocativ, some type of news platform that is still in beta. There is no word on his replacement... The Washington Post loses reporter David Hilzenrath to the Project on Government Oversight where he will "lead the organization's investigations into government corruption, waste and abuse."... Investigative reporter James Grimaldi takes the buyout at the Washington Post. He's joining The Wall Street Journal as a senior writer. Not a bad move, really...

USA promotes Bill McGoldrick to executive vice president of original scripted programming. He started with the network in 1998... WTVJ fires Jeff Burnside over an edited tape of George Zimmerman's 911 call... Margaret Brennan leaves Bloomberg TV three years after joining from CNBC... CNN promotes Jeff Kepnes to executive producer of special events... Syracuse University professor Tom Kennedy moves back to the less theoretical world, taking a spot as managing editor of digital news for PBS NewsHour... And there are changes at Prevention, New York's The Cut and more...

April 26, 2012: Bill McGoldrick has been named executive vice president, original scripted programming, at USA Network. He had been senior vice president, original scripted programming, there. (release)

April 26, 2012: Carrie Sloan has been named editor-in-chief at She had been executive editor there. (release)

April 26, 2012: David Drucker has been named associate politics editor at CQ Roll Call. He had been Senate reporter there. (FishbowlDC)

April 26, 2012: Jeff Kepnes has been named executive producer of special events at CNN. He had been senior producer there. (TVNewser)

April 26, 2012: Mary Gallagher has been named Northeast regional manager at Parade. She had been integrated account manager at All You. (FishbowlNY)

April 26, 2012: Ariel Kaminer has been named features writer at The New York Times. She had been "Ethicist" columnist at The New York Times Magazine. (FishbowlNY)

April 26, 2012: Katy Darnaby has been named senior executive at The Door. She had been publicist there. (release)

April 26, 2012: Tara Melega has been named senior executive at The Door. She had been senior director of media relations at Epic Records. (release)

April 26, 2012: Frank Connolly has been named executive director and chief financial officer at Media Storm. He had been managing director at AdMedia Partners. (release)

April 25, 2012: Marrissa Meyer has been named account supervisor at Daum Weigle. She had been account executive at Lewis PR. (mb)

April 25, 2012: David Hilzenrath has been named editor-in-chief at Project On Government Oversight. He had been investigative reporter at Washington Post. (FishbowlDC)

April 25, 2012: Stephen McCarthy has been named associate publisher, marketing, at He had been marketing director at amNewYork. (mb)

April 25, 2012: Paul Kramer has been named production director at Prevention. He had been production director at LB Media. (mb)

April 24, 2012: Emily Shornick has been named photo editor at The Cut. She had been photo research associate at Lucky. (mb)

April 24, 2012: Mike Coffas has been named Southeast regional director of sales at Centro. He had been account executive at ESPN. (mb)

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