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Reality Weekly to Go Tablet Only

Congratulations America, Reality Weekly is officially a flop. The New York Post reports that the magazine hasn’t been selling on newsstands, so its being yanked and turned into a tablet only publication due late this summer.

When Reality Weekly debuted in December of last year we were worried for our nation. Would you accept such a bad idea into your lives? After all, you already made Flo Rida a success. Then, after some time went by and there were mixed reports about its success, we started to feel hopeful. Now we feel energized to hear that the print version of the magazine has been denied.

David Pecker, AMI’s CEO, told the Post that he was confident the tablet version would work, because he only needed to guarantee 25,000 downloads to advertisers. But Pecker is underestimating you once again.

Rise up America! Stand up for your right to not read dumb things. We believe in you, dammit.

Deborah Mignucci Named Publisher of Fit Pregnancy, Associate Publisher of Shape

Deborah Mignucci has returned to AMI to become Publisher of Fit Pregnancy and Associate Publisher of Shape. Mignucci rejoins AMI from a stint with Meredith Corporation, where she most recently worked as the Vice President, Sales, Group Publisher, U.S. Magazine Group for the company’s FamilyFun Group. Prior to Meredith, Mignucci was at AMI for five years as Vice President, Group Publisher of Fit Pregnancy and Mom & Baby magazine.

“Deborah has a proven and impressive background in being creative and driving revenue across multi-platforms in the important category of pregnancy and parenting,” said David Pecker, Chairman, President and CEO of AMI.  ”We’re thrilled Deborah is rejoining AMI’s Women’s Active Lifestyle Group, which reaches over 9 million women who are at the peak of their spending power.”

Mignucci will report to Kristen Elliott, Vice President, Group Publisher of AMI’s Women’s Active Lifestyle Group, which includes the ShapeFit Pregnancy and Natural Health.

Flex Names New EIC

Robbie Durand has been named Editor-in-Chief of AMI’s Flex. Durand was most recently Senior Science Editor of Muscular Development magazine.

“Robbie’s impressive background speaks for itself and he’s a great addition to Flex,” said David Pecker, CEO of AMI. “Robbie has the right combination of a passion of bodybuilding and nutrition that is perfect for readers of FLEX magazine and those who log onto the web site.”

Durand’s new position is effective immediately.

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.

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.

Muscle & Fitness Hers Hires Female Bodybuilder as Editor-in-Chief

In what can only be described as a “why the hell not?” move by American Media Inc., Muscle & Fitness Hers has named Mona Muresan, a winner of seven state and national bodybuilding competitions, its new Editor-in-Chief. The New York Post reports that David Pecker, the CEO of American Media, stopped by the restaurant Mursan owns and liked her so much he decided to give her the job.

Here’s the problem: Muresan has no experience editing a magazine. But this is someone who could crush your skull with her pinky toe, you think that’s going to stop her? “I’m here to prove everyone wrong,” said Muresan.

Well okay, sure. However, this kind of sounds like a publicity stunt, doesn’t it? Even a Spokesperson for the magazine didn’t give Muresan much credit, explaining, “There are 12 professional editors there. She will be the face and the spokesperson representing the magazine.”

In other words she won’t actually be doing much, aside from benchpressing any staffer that disagrees with her.

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.”

Steve Coz Signs On As Editorial Director At Newsmax Media

Once a higher up at AMI, Steve Coz has moved on to oversee the online and print publications at Newsmax Media.  Newsmax has strung together several years of solid growth and, according to founder Christopher Ruddy, the company reached $51 million in revenue last year.  Coz joins Newsmax after five years of managing his own consulting firm, Coz Media.

Coz will be based out of Newsmax’s West Palm Beach, Florida headquarters and enters the company with an impressive reputation to uphold.  While at AMI Coz was regarded by Time magazine as one of the 25 most influential Americans for leading the National Enquirer’s coverage of the O.J. Simpson murder case.  Coz left AMI in 2003 after a falling out with CEO David Pecker and entrance of Bonnie Fuller as new editorial director.

AMI’s David Pecker: $50 Million Ready for Acquisitions

David Pecker, the Chairman and CEO of American Media Inc. (AMI), is king of the tabloids, has an excellent mustache, and apparently, money to burn. He tells WWD’s Amy Wicks that AMI makes about $3 million a year from advertising and digital magazines, and that he has $50 million primed for acquiring new titles (specifically Maxim).

Pecker is painting a very different picture of AMI than what has been in the news lately. The company recently emerged from its debt, and rumor has it Pecker is giving big bonuses to execs. However, just last week he asked staffers to take three unpaid furloughs by the end of March.

Don’t let that mustache fool you. There’s something fishy going on at AMI.

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