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Bauer Media Creates Digital Division

Bauer Media has announced a new branch of the company — Bauer Xcel Media – which will focus entirely on the digital side of Bauer’s brands, like In Touch Weekly and Life & Style.

Christian Baesler, who most recently served as VP of new media, has been tapped as president of Bauer Xcel Media. One of his first big tasks is the relaunch of InTouchWeekly.com. The new site is expected to debut next month.

“After a year of incredible achievements in the digital space, we are thrilled to announce the launch of Bauer Xcel Media – catapulting our online presence to the next level,” said Hubert Boehle, CEO of Bauer Media, in a statement. “Bauer is the market leader in print in many countries and the No. 1 seller of magazines at retail in the U.S. We are confident that Bauer Xcel Media will bring that same success to our online business as we continue to evolve and grow in all areas of media.”

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Bill Wolff Named EP of The View, Brian Balthazar Joining ABC Show as Co-EP (TVNewser)
A week after signing off as EP of The Rachel Maddow Show, Bill Wolff has been announced as the new executive producer of The View. Deadline Hollywood The network also named Brian Balthazar as co-executive producer, Ashley S. Gorman as director and Kathleen Rajsp as senior supervising producer. HuffPost Talk of Wolff jumping to ABC has been growing louder for weeks, with pretty much everyone reporting the news but ABC itself. Maddow also gave Wolff a special farewell during her show, hinting at his new gig on The View. She called Wolff’s departure the “end of an era.” The Wrap In addition to executive producing Maddow, Wolff served as MSNBC’s primetime programming vice president. His credits also include executive producer of MSNBC’s The Situation With Tucker Carlson, and Fox Sports Networks I, Max as well as coordinating producer, creator for ESPN’s Around The Horn. B&C Wolff replaces Bill Geddie in running the daytime program, which is currently undergoing a top-to-bottom overhaul ahead of its new season which debuts Sept. 15. Among the changes for The View, which saw the departures of panelists Jenny McCarthy, Sherri Shepherd and show creator Barbara Walters, include a new logo and set, the first time in the show’s 17-year history that it will change its on-air look. While Rosie O’Donnell was announced to return to the show to join the sole returning panelist Whoopi Goldberg, the other two or three seats have yet to be decided.

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Same Crap | Yell Away | Truthful Words

chipotle GPRNewser: Chipotle continues to act like it’s somehow better than other fast food chains. It is not.

TVNewser: Sean Hannity and a guest yell at each other. Solid TV fellas!

Lost Remote: Hulu says it “didn’t know” it was sending user data to Facebook. We believe them.

Journalist Revisits a Celebrity Biographer’s Fraudulent Ways

The late author’s editor would not talk to reporter David Cay Johnston. Neither would Simon & Schuster spokesperson Paul Olewski.

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But there it is, nonetheless, detailed in the latest issue of Newsweek magazine. The litany of errors and fabrication committed by celebrity biographer C. David Heymann, who passed away two years ago in New York City:

It’s too bad CBS didn’t want to hear more, because all the celebrity bios Heymann wrote for them and other publishers — dealing with JFK, Bobby Kennedy, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe — are riddled with errors and fabrications. An exhaustive cataloging of those mistakes would fill a book, so a sampling from his long career will have to suffice.

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Mad Men Star Ribs London Hotel

The conversation for the Jon Hamm British GQ September cover story took place at New York’s Mandarin Hotel.

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But for Alice Howarth‘s more recent Web sidebar, it was a London boutique hotel with the seemingly perfect name for the occasion. So that’s where the conversation started:

GQ: Is it a coincidence that we’re in the Ham Yard Hotel?

Jon Hamm: [Laughs] it is a coincidence! They spelled it wrong which is retarded, I mean, come on you guys! No double m, what a shame. I can see a gold pineapple from my room on the roof of another building, so it’s like ham and pineapple – very Hawaiian.

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Cover Battle: Entertainment Weekly or New York Times Magazine

Welcome back to another edition of FishbowlNY’s weekly Cover Battle. This round features Entertainment Weekly taking on The New York Times Magazine.

The above is one of four EW covers honoring AMC’s The Walking Dead. We chose this one because it reminded us of how Glenn used to be tough, and now he’s just sad all the time. Perhaps having zombies constantly trying to eat you does that to a person, but still. We miss the old Glenn.

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AP Writer Gets the Huge Brangelina Scoop

JakeCoylePicWhen AP welcomed Jake Coyle (pictured) as one of two new film writers last fall, it said it looked forward to both he and [since departed] Jessica Herndon breaking news. Boy, did the wire service get that right.

This morning, Coyle – ahead of People, TMZ, Paris Match and any other number of logical outlets we can think of – broke the news of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie‘s wedding in France this past weekend:

Jolie and Pitt wed in a small chapel in a private ceremony attended by family and friends at Provence’s Chateau Miraval. In advance of the nondenominational civil ceremony, Pitt and Jolie obtained a marriage license from a local California judge. The judge also conducted the ceremony in France.

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BuzzFeed HR Exec: ‘You Can’t Have an Ego Here’

BuzzFeedLogoThe latest installment of Cosmopolitan‘s “Interview Insider” is most apt, since it relates to a media company that has – per the interview subject – ‘hired a new employee every day for months.’ We’re talking BuzzFeed.

When writer Heather Wood Rudulph asked senior vice president of talent Joel Greengrass what BuzzFeed looks for in job candidates, he gave this very useful reply:

“You need to be self-directed and know how to solve a problem on your own. But you must be excited about the opportunity to work with others and understand that you’ll become better by bouncing ideas off of colleagues.”

“You can’t have an ego in a collaborative environment such as this. If you have too much pride of ownership of an idea, this is going to be a difficult place for you to work. The other piece I look for is leadership. I want to sit across my desk from someone — whether just out of college or working in the industry for 20 years — and think, I want to work for you!”

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Time Launches ‘The Answers Issue’

answers-coverTime’s Answers Issue is here, and it looks like a good one. The magazine explores a wide variety of subjects through the lens of big data.

In the cover story, Michael Grunwald explains:

In this issue, we’ve tried to use the new tools and data sets at our disposal to ask and answer questions that seemed important (When will Congress reach gender parity?), as well as fun (Where exactly should I sit to catch a foul ball?). We ended up answering some questions we didn’t know we had (Why don’t we get heart cancer?). We also used data to investigate the issues that define our times and tell us who we are. But what’s most exciting about our age of answers is its potential to change the quality of our lives.

There’s also an interactive element available at Time.com/answers. We used the “How Safe Are You From a Natural Disaster?” feature to figure out that the safest place in the nation is Sweet Grass County, Montana. Oh, and Californians? You’re all pretty much f*cked.

Time’s Answers Issue hits newsstands tomorrow.

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