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David Perel Replaces Candace Trunzo at Star Magazine

On Monday night, American Media chief executive officer David Pecker dismissed Candace Trunzo, the editor-in-chief of Star since 2007, WWD reports.

Former National Enquirer editor David Perel, who has been running AMI’s RadarOnline.com, will take over.

A source tells WWD that Pecker wants Star to be “increasingly anticelebrity and mean,” which may be why Perel, a veteran of the Enquirer, has been given the helm.

So can we expect fewer weight loss winners, and more weight loss losers at Star in the future?

Not quite. Perel insisted to the New York Post that Radar Online is “very celebrity friendly. We’re going to bring a little of that over here.”

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National Enquirer And Star Make Staff Cuts

Although the company is steadily climbing out of debt, not everything is sunshine and roses at American Media Inc. WWD’s Zeke Turner writes that AMI’s National Enquirer and Star magazine have made cutbacks to their West coast teams and now both titles’ employees will work together under the guidance of New York-based editors.  Among the four total layoffs were three reporters – Star’s Debbie Emery and Sandra Clark and the Enquirer’s Phil Kim.  These reporters will now be able to serve as freelancers.

The two mags will now work together in what Star editor-in-chief Candace Trunzo has dubbed an “AMI news bureau.”  National Enquirer editor-in-chief Tony Frost provided his rationale for the job cuts:

It’s a case of us working smarter and cutting out duplication.

An AMI spokesperson denied that the layoffs had any connection to the publisher’s bankruptcy filings from last November or declining circulation numbers.  No further cutbacks are expected.

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.

Newest Star Editor: Pecker Nabs Natty Enquirer‘s Trunzo

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—— Forwarded Message
From: “Pecker, David”
Date: Tue, 13 Feb 2007 17:33:05 -0500
To: HR – Everyone
Conversation: Candace Trunzo
Subject: Candace Trunzo

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Candace Trunzo as editor-in-chief of Star Magazine, effective April 1.

In her new role, Candace will report directly to Bonnie Fuller, Executive Vice President, Chief Editorial Director, AMI. She succeeds Joe Dolce. I want to thank Joe for all his efforts and contributions towards Star’s successful transition from tabloid to glossy magazine over the past three years.

Candace has a long record of accomplishments across AMI. Thirteen years prior, (1994) she joined the company as a features editor for Globe magazine. In 1999, she joined Star serving as executive editor, then as editor-in-chief of Star, and then editor-in-chief of Globe, where she and her editorial team broke a number of major celebrity stories. Candace now returns to Star after a year with the National Enquirer, where she played a key role in the magazine’s newsgathering division as the senior executive editor. Prior to 1994, she worked for Time Inc. as a reporter for Time Magazine then as writer/editor for Money Magazine.

Please join me in congratulating Candace on her new role at Star.

—— End of Forwarded Message