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AMI’s David Perel Gets New Digital Role

David Perel has been named Executive Vice President of Digital Content for AMI. Perel is also the Executive Vice President and Managing Editor of RadarOnline.com and the Editor-in-Chief of Star. Perel previously worked as Editor-in-Chief of the National Enquirer, and during his tenure the magazine was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of John Edwards’ affair.

“David Perel is an elite journalist with extensive expertise in both print and digital,” said David Pecker, AMI’s Chairman, President and CEO. “From breaking major world news exclusives to his vast understanding of the digital marketplace, Mr. Perel was the natural fit to expand exclusive and compelling digital content for AMI’s core brands.”

In his new role, Perel will oversee the digital expansion of AMI’s brands.

The Drama of Reality Weekly

Just what is going on at Reality Weekly, the recently-launched mag from AMI? People outside of the magazine have been saying that it’s a flop, that the debut issue sold only 100,000 copies despite there being 500,000 available, and every issue since has failed to hit that mark.

However, AMI says that everything is going great. A spokesperson told WWD that each of its 13 issues so far have sold 100,000 copies and that the magazine is already raking in a profit. The person also said there are even talks of creating a news show centered on Reality Weekly.

So who do we believe? A news program based on a magazine that’s based on reality TV? Is there really a demand for that? We’re not so sure. Although we have to be honest, if Johnny Bananas is an anchor of that show, we’ll definitely watch.

AMI Promotes Publisher

American Media, Inc. (AMI) has promoted Kristen Elliott from publisher of Fit Pregnancy and Natural Health to Vice President, Group Publisher of the AMI Women’s Active Lifestyle Group. In her new position, Elliott will oversee the Shape, Fit Pregnancy and Natural Health brands.

“Kristen’s performance and work ethic since she has been with AMI merited this promotion,” said David Pecker, CEO and President of AMI. “As publisher of Fit Pregnancy, she never once missed her budget and succeeded in making the brand a must buy for advertisers in the parenting category. She has worked closely with the Shape staff in the past on integrated programs and thoroughly understands the health & fitness marketplace.”

Elliott will also assume the role of Publisher of Shape, which will be vacated by Brian Gruseke in April, as we noted this morning.

AMI Group Publisher Departs Company

Diane Newman has left her position as Group Publisher at American Media Inc. The details about her departure are a little murky, reports Adweek. AMI apparently reported last month that Newman was on personal leave, and today said she has departed for “personal reasons.”

Brian Gruseke, Publisher for Shape, and Kristin Elliott, Publisher for Fit Pregnancy and Natural Health, will now report directly to David Pecker, AMI’s CEO.

A Reality Check for Reality Weekly

America has the shame of Guantanamo Bay, the ridiculousness of Apple fanaticism and the sadness of Lil B’s Twitter account, but we are not accepting Reality Weekly, and we should all be proud of that.

Official numbers aren’t yet available, but sources told WWD that sales for the magazine have been terrible. Apparently the debut issue sold only about 100,000 copies, despite 500,000 being available at newsstands. From there things got worse, as following issues sold even less.

AMI, Reality Weekly’s publisher, is disputing WWD’s report; they say that the numbers are higher. But FishbowlNY believes that the magazine has been a dud. We believe that for once, we all have chosen to ignore the ubiquitous reality TV celebrity world. We believe that people — despite their downfalls — are inherently good. And dammit, we believe in America.

Cheryl Kramer Kaye To Lead Beauty And Fashion Coverage At Star

After taking a major step towards solving their bankruptcy woes yesterday, AMI is at the center of some more good news today as their own Star magazine hired Cheryl Kramer Kaye as beauty and fashion director.  Kramer Kaye comes over from Redbook where she had a 10-year stint as beauty director and introduced the MVP awards to recognize the industry’s best beauty items.  She will replace Tara Kraft who left Star last month to become editor-in-chief at Shape.

Star editor-in-chief Candace Trunzo spoke highly of her newest appointment and expects Kramer Kaye to flourish in her new role:

She is one of the most respected and talented editors in the industry and will add a great new dimension to our beauty and fashion coverage.

In addition to her time at Redbook, Kramer Kaye brings over two years of experience as beauty director at Fitness.  Kramer Kaye joins EVP and publishing director Diane Newman and Shape VP/publisher Brian Gruseke in a recent string of employees AMI has poached from rival publishers.  Star is closing up a successful 2010 where they witnessed ad pages rise to 18 percent through November — much of the increase is credited to beauty and fashion content.

Today’s Roundup: Layoffs Hit NPR, AMI Near Bankruptcy

0623-npr-cvr.jpgLooks like the layoff wave has rolled into NPR. Despite reaching “near-record audience levels on-air and online,” NPR has announced that due to the current economy and a shortfall in corporate underwriting they are laying off 7% of their workforce and cutting expenses: “A total of 64 filled positions have been eliminated against NPR’s current staff of 889, 21 open positions will not be filled and travel and discretionary expenses have been cut across the organization. The press release (in full after the jump) says that a significant number of the cuts will come from the cancellation of NPR produced programs — Day to Day and News & Notes. UPDATE: FBDC has the staff memo.

Meanwhile AMI, the company that publishes Star magazine and the National Enquirer is on the verge of filing for bankruptcy. The NYP is reporting that the company missed a Dec. 1 final deadline to make a $21.2 million interest payment and is “feverishly negotiating with bondholders of $1.1 billion of its debt.”

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