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David Perel Joins Bauer Media

David Perel is joining Bauer Media as the editorial director of In Touch and Life & Style. Perel comes to the company from Next Act Media, where he served as president since August of last year.

Before joining Next Act Media, Perel worked as AMI’s executive VP of digital content. He also served as editor of National Enquirer and Star.

“David is an extraordinary editor and we are thrilled to have someone of his caliber join the company, to continue our newsstand success,” said Sebastian Raatz, executive VPt of Bauer Publishing, in a statement. “His strong relationships in the entertainment industry as well as his success in developing digital platforms will be invaluable to our business efforts moving forward.”

In a related move, Dan Wakeford — who has been with Bauer since 2002 — is departing the company. Wakeford has served as editor-in-chief of In Touch and Life & Style since 2007.

Bauer also announced that Christopher Yates has been named Bauer Media VP digital for the Bauer Media Group.

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Five Staffers Cut From InTouch, Life & Style

There have been a total of five editorial cuts at Bauer Publishing’s InTouch and Life & Style. The New York Post reports that among those let go was In Touch veteran Michael Todd, who had been the magazine’s executive director of photography since 2002. Nicole Tereza, design director for In Touch for the past two years, was also dropped.

Dan Wakeford, editorial director of both magazines, told the Post the recent cuts were nothing big and things are going great. ”It’s minimal restructuring compared to anything else other magazines are doing,” he insisted.

We’re guessing Todd and Tereza don’t agree with that assessment.

Jo Piazza Named Exec News Director of In Touch Weekly and Life & Style

Jo Piazza has been named executive news director of In Touch Weekly and Life & Style, a new role at the titles. Piazza comes to the magazines from Current TV, where she was senior digital editor. Her work has also appeared in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and New York.

“Our commitment to putting out the best magazines on the newsstand starts with investing in the best talent in the industry,” said Dan Wakeford, editor-in-chief of Bauer’s entertainment news titles, in a statement. “Jo has proved herself an accomplished and talented journalist, and we’re excited to welcome her to our team.”

Piazza’s appointment is effective April 9.

Bauer Publishing Makes Changes

Bauer Publishing has named Jared Shapiro editorial director of news and entertainment for In Touch and Life & Style, a new role at the company. Shapiro has been with Bauer since 2005, most recently as executive editor of Life & Style. As editorial director, he will report to Dan Wakeford, editor-in-chief of the two magazines.

Bauer has also named Terri White executive editor of Life & Style. White was most recently editor-in-chief of Buzz, an entertainment  magazine published alongside Britain’s The Sun.

“The appointment of such strong talent to our executive editorial team reinforces the extraordinary quality that Bauer is known to deliver at the newsstand,” said Sebastian Raatz, executive vice president of Bauer Publishing. “The talent that we’ve positioned to lead these staffs will take Bauer’s entertainment group to the next level.”

Each move is effective immediately.

In Touch Weekly Names New Executive Editor

People senior staff writer Alexis Chiu–the author of the mag’s recent Beyonce “Most Beautiful” cover story–has a new gig. She’s just been named the new executive editor of In Touch Weekly.

Chiu will be reporting to Dan Wakeford, the editor-in-chief of Life & Style who was also just named EIC of In Touch by parent company Bauer Publishing.

In Touch Weekly Gets Two New Editors

In Touch Weekly has named Dan Wakeford, Editor-in-Chief of Life & Style, its new Editor-in-Chief. Wakeford will edit both titles.

WWD reports that Alexis Chiu, a Senior Writer at People magazine, is headed to In Touch as well. She will serve as its Executive Editor.

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BayNewser: The Bay Area News Project, which is providing content for The New York Times‘ Bay Area section, has named a CEO and editor-in-chief.

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WWD: Celeb weekly InTouch is still on the hunt for a new editor, and Colleen Curtis from AOL, Rob Shuter of Popeater.com and Life & Style‘s Dan Wakeford are the reported frontrunners for the job.

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Us‘s Janie Min: “I don’t think magazines are in my future.”

us_weekly_min2.jpgYesterday, we learned that celebrity editor-in-chief Janice Min was stepping down from the top slot at Us Weekly. The question on everyone’s mind is: what’s next for Min?

WWD scored an interview with Min and, although they couldn’t get her to give a hint about whether she has a new gig lined up, the editor did admit she doesn’t think she’ll be staying in magazines.

“I don’t think magazines are in my future,” Min told WWD. “I would be surprised if I worked for another magazine. Us Weekly is the ultimate magazine experience. And I now have the freedom to talk to people and figure out what I’ll do next.”

WWD also has some ideas about who might be in line to replace Min, if Michael Steele, who will step into her role for the time being, takes the editor-in-chief role on only temporarily. Some names mentioned include Us‘s Los Angeles bureau chief Melanie Bromley and the magazine’s news director Lara Cohen, rival pub Life & Style‘s editor-in-chief Dan Wakeford and In Touch eic Richard Spencer; People magazine’s Peter Castro, former editor-in-chief of British OK! Nicola McCarthy and ex-Min staffer Colleen Curtis.

Life & Style Weekly Ups Rate Base

life & style.pngHere’s a bright spot in the magazine world: celebrity weekly Life & Style is increasing its rate base 12.5 percent — to 450,000 — effective immediately.

Although there were fears earlier this year that celebrity weeklies’ newsstand sales were suffering due to the recession, stories like Jon and Kate Gosselin‘s failing marriage and Michael Jackson‘s death have breathed new life into the celeb tabloids.

Life & Style‘s group publisher Mark Oltarsh said the magazine’s circulation “has been trending in a very positive direction” during the first half of the year, warranting the rate base increase. Oltarsh attributed the increase to the magazine’s strengthened celebrity coverage under the leadership of Editor-in-Chief Dan Wakeford, who joined the mag in October.

Wakeford said he wanted to balance “celebrity escapism and practical style advice,” introducing new columns like “The 10 Best Dressed Stars of The Week” and “What I Really Eat,” which asks celebrities to give a run down of their diets. Life & Style has also had a few exclusive “gets” this year, including a Kate Gosselin interview after she got caught on camera spanking one of her eight kids.

And Life & Style isn’t the only magazine with good news recently. Earlier this week, Parenting magazine announced it was upping its rate base as well.

Life & Style‘s full release after the jump.

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Life & Style Magazine is Bucking a Trend

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It’s like how Hershey’s flourished during the Great Depression. Life & Style is holding strong being inexpensive and sugary during what we’ll call the Great Media Crater. Eureka!

LIFE & STYLE MAGAZINE INCREASES RATE BASE 12.5 PERCENT

Englewood Cliffs, NJ (July 22, 2009)- Life & Style Weekly Vice President and Group Publisher Mark Oltarsh today announced that Life & Style is increasing its rate base to 450,000 from 400,000-a rise of 12.5 percent-effective immediately.

“Circulation has been trending in a very positive direction for Life & Style in the first half of 2009,” said Oltarsh. “We’ve been able to carve out a clear position in the marketplace, and readers are responding positively.”

Since taking over the helm of the magazine last October, Editor-in-Chief Dan Wakeford has adapted Life & Style by strengthening its celebrity coverage, putting more emphasis on service and trend information, and providing more lifestyle details to the reader in light of the recent economic downturn.

The rest of the release after the break.

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