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The OK! Shakeup

ok!.pngYesterday, a post came into our inbox from Aaron Gell of ASSME.org suggesting a conspiracy afoot at OK! magazine. Turns out, the British mag spin-off, which has been blowing through editors recently, is planning an upscale revamp that would make the magazine more like Elle. Gell surmised the reorganization was the result of an “evil pact” between OK!‘s publisher Lori Burgess and Jason Oliver Nixon, an editorial consultant. Both once worked at Niche Media and, according to her LinkedIn profile, Burgess is working with Nixon at the luxury consulting company he founded, LXJ360.

Hours later, Gell and others reported that OK! editor-in-chief Katie Caperton (named to the position just two months ago) had been fired, along with some other staff members. Is this all part of Burgess’s rebranding efforts or some personal vendetta against Caperton and her loyal staffers?

We’ve put out requests for information to OK!‘s publicist and Caperton, but if you have any tips or info about who got canned yesterday and why, please put it in the anonymous tip box at the right or email us.

Update: OK!‘s publicist Brian Strong sent us a statement confirming Caperton’s exit, “effective today.” Although no replacement has been named, “there is an executive editorial team managing OK!‘s new initiatives and goals,” he said. However, he hasn’t yet elaborated on what those “initiatives and goals” are exactly. (If we hear from him, we’ll let you know)

Second Update: Strong says celebrity news will remain “at the core of the brand,” and the staff will be working on “developing and integrating important enhancements that reflect a heightened focus on style.”

More of Brian’s statement, and a list of some new hires at OK! after the jump.

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Maer Roshan to TheWeek.com

biz034a.jpgThe Radar refugees are resurfacing. Aaron Gell signed on as editor-in-chief of Hemispheres. Choire Sicha, Alex Balk and David Cho launched TheAwl.com. And now Maer Roshan, the man at the top of the thrice-failed magazine, has a new full-time gig. Buried at the bottom of Keith Kelly‘s column today comes the news that Roshan will join TheWeek.com as editor.

The Week, brought to the United States by Felix Dennis after the magazine was a huge hit in England, saw its ad pages jump 42 percent in the first quarter of 2009 (or 19 percent, depending on your source). Given the struggles of other newsweeklies, Roshan looks to be in a good situation.

ASSME* Launches Group Blog

ASSME_logo_nobox_lg.jpgASSME (*American Society for Shitcanned Media Elites) has officially launched its group blog. Founder Aaron Gell sent out this announcement email earlier today:

I wanted to…let you know about today’s official launch of the ASSME blog (for those with short memories, that’s the American Society for Shitcanned Media Elites, the “support group” I founded after Radar went down).

We’ve got the blog up at www.assme.org and a number of really great contributors. Sheila McClear, formerly of Gawker, is the “editor” (the posts aren’t actually edited, however), and there are 8 or so contributors, including an anonymous blogger from Iraq (one of those!) who says he works for a contractor and for all I know really does; acclaimed playwright Jeffrey Stanley leading a book group; true crime blogger Steve Huff taking a break from blood and gore to opine on pop culture; and other people we know and love.

The idea of the group blog is simply to further ASSME’s core goal of providing an outlet (first alcoholic, now literary, and eventually who knows?) to disenfranchised former media elites and their worried cohorts.

You can find the whole shebang here, as well as some good unemployment filing advice from Sheila.

ASSME Blog Looking For Contributors

2177097314_2acb72a17d_o.jpgASME may have just announced the Elly. But ASSME – the Association of Shitcanned Media Elites, founded by former Radar editor Aaron Gell — is pseudo hiring! Also, seems that they’ve had the good sense put former Gawker-er Sheila McClear in charge. Point being, ASSME is apparently launching a group blog and looking for contributors.

We want YOU to blog for ASSME. Well, maybe we want you. Maybe we don’t. That all depends. We can’t hand just anyone the keys to the kingdom. Naturally, there’s a selection process, a weeding out. We have standards. If you’re interested in being a part of the ASSME Group Blog, we’ll need a sign of your commitment, a token of your dedication….

The whole shebang, including where to send your application, is after the jump.

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Radar Ed. Glad People Pick Choke-ing Over Obama

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Actor Sam Rockwell takes a question at the talk following Radar‘s screening of Choke last night.

The adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk‘s novel, Choke, premiered last night in New York’s West Village at a screening hosted by Radar and followed by a Q & A with Clark Gregg, writer and director of Choke, the film’s star Sam Rockwell and Palahniuk, who fielded questions on how faithful the film was to the book.

The talk was led by Radar executive editor Aaron Gell, who expressed gratitude that people showed up, presumably in light of the Barack Obama acceptance orgy occurring at the same time. “I was kinda amazed that this many people stayed for the question and answer session,” he said. “Usually, on a night like this, a big television night, people leave as the credits roll.”

But how did controversial author Palahniuk feel about the whole affair?

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