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Chris Rovzar Leaves Vanity Fair for Bloomberg

Chris Rovzar is leaving Vanity Fair to join Bloomberg. According to WWD, Rovzar is going to lead a vertical dedicated to luxury at Bloomberg.com.

Rovzar had been with VF since 2011, when he left his spot as a senior editor of New York’s Daily Intel to become the magazine’s digital editor. Rovzar will be starting at Bloomberg in a few weeks.

As for VF, Mike Hogan — who returned to the glossy in early October — is currently interviewing Rovzar’s replacement.

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One-Time Gawker Recapper Richard Lawson Joins Vanity Fair

Forget the recent exit of the Vanity Fair Oscar party from the Sunset Tower. The real Hollywood VF moving and shaking these days is going on in the publication’s Tinseltown editorial ranks.

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As we recently reported, Katey Rich starts December 2 as digital Hollywood editor, based here in New York. When she begins her exciting new duties, she will additionally have at the west coast “bureau” helm former Gawker and The Atlantic Wire writer Richard Lawson. From today’s announcement:

“I couldn’t be more delighted that Richard is joining the team,” digital director Mike Hogan said. “Vanity Fair has always nurtured and celebrated original voices, and Richard’s is both unique and addictive — as the many people here who read him every day can attest. One of them described him as ‘H.L. Mencken if he read US Weekly,’ and I can’t really improve on that.”

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Mike Hogan Returning to Vanity Fair

MikeHoganHeadshotHere’s our first suggestion for Mike Hogan, set to rejoin the VF fold as digital director after a couple of years with AOL and The Huffington Post (where he is currently executive culture and entertainment editor). Expand to other more universal reader comments platforms.

The general paucity of comments for VF blog items has a lot to do with the fact that the magazine requires readers to use a Conde Nast Digital account. Open it up to DISQUS and Facebook as well, we say. Hogan will report directly to Graydon Carter:

“I’m delighted that Mike is returning to Vanity Fair,” said Carter. “He was not only a gifted story editor at the magazine, he was instrumental in the creation of VF.com. I look forward to his future contributions to VF.com in collaboration with our very talented digital team, led by editor Chris Rovzar.”

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Vanity Fair Adds Hollywood Blogger

Vanity Fair has named Julie Miller, formerly a Movieline contributor, as its new Hollywood Blogger, at VanityFair.com. At the site Miller will cover film festivals, events and award shows. Chris Rovzar, Vanity Fair’s Digital Editor, said Miller is joining the team at just the right moment.

“Julie is smart, fresh, and very funny, and we are thrilled she is on our team just in time for the Oscars,” said Rovzar.

Miller starts at VanityFair.com on January 3.

Movieline Staff Editor Jumps to VF.com

One of Movieline’s two staff editors, Julie Miller, is leaving to join the blogger ranks of Vanity Fair starting January 3. She will continue to cover Hollywood junkets as well as film festivals and hone in for VF.com on the final two months of 2011 film awards season.

“Julie is smart, fresh, and very funny, and we are thrilled she
is on our team,” says digital editor Chris Rovzar. Miller, a Pittsburgh native, will remain based in Los Angeles.

Prior to joining the Penske Media fold, she contributed to Defamer.com, worked for commercial production companies and interned at the Late Show with David Letterman.

For a sampling of Miller’s most recent Movieline contributions, click here.

New York Loses Senior Web Editor to Vanity Fair

Chris Rovzar, the Senior Editor of New York’s fantastic Daily Intel blog, is leaving for Vanity Fair. WWD reports that Rovzar will be joining Vanity Fair in September, and will serve as the magazine’s Digital Editor.

Rovzar will be reporting to Jamie Pallot, Vanity Fair’s Executive Director of Multimedia Projects.

Does Adweek Have a Problem with Female Editors?

When Adweek came out with yet another article on how Tina Brown is difficult to work for, in what is starting to become the most tired media story du jour, it prompted Chris Rovzar at New York Magazine to ask, “What Is It With Adweek and Lady Editors?

First, Arianna Huffington is accused of using a courtesan’s techniques. Then Elizabeth Spiers‘s appointment as editor of the Observer is compared to a bad marriage. And this week … Tina Brown.

To that we might also add, though she’s not an editor, New York’s Chief Digital Officer Rachel Sterne, who has had a couple of Adweek pieces calling her top position surprising considering a lack of substantive accomplishments.

In comments under Rovzar’s question, someone (from Adweek?) pointed to a nice piece they had on Jane Pratt and one on Pilar Guzman, but Rovzar rightly pointed out that those were Q&As, not analyses.

Of course, we don’t know if Michael Wolff, Adweek‘s editor, has a problem with the ladies. Maybe Rovzar’s theory is a stretch. But we’re hard-pressed to find any explanation why it came out with yet another story on how Tina Brown is tough to work for.

New York Media (Wrongly) Trashes Piers Morgan’s Debut

Last night Piers Morgan began the difficult task of taking over for Larry King, and judging by the reaction of New York’s media, he had a pretty terrible start. The most common complaint was that Oprah was a bad choice for his first guest, followed closely by Morgan being too nice to her. Let’s put aside for one minute the fact that no one is – and ever will be – mean to Oprah, and just focus on what they’re missing: Morgan made a huge splash in his first night, and that’s all that matters.

Alessandra Stanley in the New York Times lead the charge against selecting Oprah, insisting that we all simply know too much about her for the interview to be entertaining. Stanley explained, “Ms. Winfrey was an obvious choice as a first guest, but not a shrewd one. American audiences have seen an awful lot of Ms. Winfrey on television lately.”

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Ramin Setoodeh Returns To Newsweek

Chris Rovzar of New York‘s Daily Intel column is reporting that after making the move to People in June, cultural reporter Ramin Setoodeh is heading back to his old gig at Newsweek.  Setoodeh caused a stir in May when he published an essay in Newsweek titled “Straight Jacket” that discussed how society finds it hard for to accept an openly gay actor playing a straight character.

Setoodeh received criticism from celebrities and even caught some flak at the Tony Awards for his views, but now he’s back to take another swing with Newsweek and is eager for another opportunity with the magazine:

“There’s a lot of opportunity here, especially on the Web. I’m excited for the future and I can’t tell you how happy I am to be back,” Setoodeh told New York an e-mail this morning from the Newsweek offices. “Look, People is the most-read magazine in the country, but it wasn’t the right fit. I’m grateful to [editor] Larry Hackett for being supportive and letting me try something new. But Newsweek still has some of the best reporters, and young reporters, in the business. Don’t count us out.”

Setoodeh joined many other reporters and editors when he originally left Newsweek, a decision prompted by the Washington Post Company’s May announcement that they were exploring options to sell the publication.