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Gotham Names David Katz Publisher

Gotham has named David Katz its new publisher. Katz comes to the magazine from Field & Stream, where he served as digital sales manager for six months. Prior to that Katz was the associate publisher of Brides from 2004 to 2011.

Debra Halpert had been handling publishing duties for both Niche Media titles Gotham and Hamptons, but Niche’s COO, Katherine Nicholls, said Hamptons’ growth neccesitated adding Katz.

“Niche Media continues to make investments in our brands and in our company. Following 2011′s significant reinvestment into our editorial product, we now shift focus to accelerating magazine growth,” said Nicholls, “With his experience and success building regional publications and expanding multi-media advertising channels, David is uniquely qualified to take the helm at Gotham magazine and we look forward to deepening our connectivity with our readers and clients and expanding Gotham’s footprint in the New York region.”

Halpert will continue to serve as publisher of Hamptons.

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Esquire Boys Hit It Big With TV Sale

katzbook.jpgEsquire contributing editor David Katz and editor-at-large A.J. Jacobs have hit it big in Hollywood (well, a little bit) with “Things a Man Should Never Do Past 30,” the Hollywood Reporter said.

The writing pair based their project on Katz’s humor book citing 500 things that Katz thinks should not be done by over-30-somethings.

The stroke of luck hit Katz/Jacobs when director/producer Barry Sonnenfeld read the book and thought he could do something with it.

What, we’re not exactly sure.

Maybe it’ll be “Get Shorty” for the 30-plus crowd.

“The show is about a guy working at men’s magazine who is reluctant to embrace adulthood and his friend who is an immersion journalist,” said Katz, who is penning “Things” with Jacobs, an immersion journalist.

Although set at a men’s magazine, Katz assured that “Things” will not be a workplace comedy.

Lunch at Michael’s: Ken Sunshine: Lindsay’s Woes Are ‘Beyond PR Issues’

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— DIANE CLEHANE

We’ve truly hit the dog days of summer when there isn’t one Fiji water sipping-celeb in sight come high noon at 55th & Fifth. Luckily, that didn’t mean there was a shortage of Tinseltown talk in the dining room. The topic du jour — what else? — Lindsay Lohan’s latest arrest on suspicion of DUI. (For those two people who’ve been on the moon, it’s the starlet’s second bust in three months and comes on the heels of her recent 45-day stay at Promises and her big show of wearing an ankle bracelet that was supposedly programmed to detect any alcohol in her system). “If I were her publicist,” sighed one media maven, “I’d have my head in the oven.” Uber publicist Ken Sunshine, who represents one-time rehabber Ben Affleck, told me he’d received “tons of calls” from outlets near and far to weigh in on Lohan’s dire straits and said, “Her problems are beyond PR issues.” The Today Show‘s Marc Victor says Lohan’s relapse is sure to focus attention on the country club-like atmosphere of facilities that cater to coddled celebs: “That’s certainly something that will be looked at now.” The general consensus among today’s crowd is that this story has gone from tabloid train wreck to a truly tragic tale. “She needs compassion,” said Lisa Sharkey, Harper Collins’ senior vice president and director of creative development who, together with the house’s executive editor, Maureen O’Brien, was lunching with Sunshine. No doubt that’s exactly what the editors of Us Weekly, In Touch and TMZ.com are thinking …

Here’s the rundown on the rest of the crowd:

1. Jeff Greenfield, Jerry Della Femina, Gerald Imber and another gentleman we didn’t recognize.

2. Peter Brown

3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong, Today‘s Marc Victor and Men’s Health editor Dave Zinczenko. Our pal Dave was overheard thanking Esquire‘s David Granger for putting a call into none other than George Clooney inviting him to speak at the upcoming American Magazine Conference about his work in Darfur. (Politicians are so last year!) To entice the Oscar winner, seems plans are in the works to see if there’s a way to “incentive-ize” publishers into offering ad space to help promote Clooney’s off-screen endeavor.

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In The Trades: Charity, Diversity

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Parties, parties, parties–and the Motion Picture and Television Fund rakes in the cash, funding the industry’s foremost resource for help and care–Taking Care of Our Own is their motto.

Martin Scorsese will direct Brian Selznick’s children’s mystery The Invention of Hugo Cabret. He’s also slated to direct Silence, about two 17th century Jesuit priests who witness the hardships of spreading Christianity in Japan. Light-hearted entertainment–that’s Marty!

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Yahoo! is launching Odd News Underground, with a singing anchor. Lloyd Braun and David Katz left just in time.

Rev. Jesse Jackson met with Universal Studios president Ron Meyer to urge increased industry diversity. He’s also concerned about the Academy:

The Academy needs to reflect America itself, and this is an archaic arrangement.

Surely the Academy should reflect a better-looking America?