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Playboy Won’t Be Affected By AMI Bankruptcy

Anyone worried that American Media Inc.’s bankruptcy would mess with their Playboy subscription should rest easy. Playboy is sending out assurances that their operations will, as AMI CEO David Pecker put it earlier this week, “function seamlessly, staff will be unaffected by the reorganization and customers should not notice any difference.”

Folio has the story:

Last November, Playboy Enterprises agreed to farm out the magazine’s advertising sales, circulation, marketing, production and all other business operations to AMI. Under terms of the contract, AMI said at the time that it would be paid “potential fees” in the range of $5 million for advertising, circulation, production and related services. This, the company said, would result in profitability of approximately $2 million.

According to a spokesperson for Playboy, AMI’s pending bankruptcy filing does not jeopardize its agreement with Playboy. “We are pleased with our existing relationship, and we don’t think that these financial proceedings will have any impact on our agreement,” the spokesperson says.

Previously on FBLA: Bankruptcy on the Horizon for National Enquirer Publisher

AMI Chooses Seth Kelly To Bulk Up Editorial Staff At Muscle & Fitness

According to a company press release, CEO of American Media Inc., David Pecker, has chosen Seth Kelly as new editorial director of Muscle & Fitness, Flex, and Muscle & Fitness Hers.  Kelly also will serve as editor-in-chief of Muscle & Fitness while Allan Donnelley will remain in his role as editor-in-chief at the other two titles.

Pecker praised Kelly for his previous magazine experience and appears to be pretty jacked up to have Seth on board with Muscle & Fitness:

“Seth has been a valuable member of AMI’s team since he launched the premiere issue of UFC, the official magazine of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and has served as the magazine’s editor-in-chief.  We are now excited to have him take the leading role at our enthusiast titles. From his days as an editor at Maxim to editing UFC, Seth has proved he adds a fresh and exciting editorial perspective to any publication he becomes involved with.”

Muscle & Fitness will be relocating their offices from California to Manhattan in January.

Playboy Strikes Deal With AMI

9d2d2009d7d44d03dAM5 playboy magazine April  2009.jpgTwo weeks ago, news leaked that Playboy Enterprises was in talks to sell their holdings to London Fog owner Iconix Brand Group Inc. Hugh Hefner‘s publishing empire’s stock has fallen drastically in the last five years, and the recent economic downturn dealt a major blow to the magazine industry, and drew speculation that Playboy was no longer a sustainable enterprise. (In September alone, Playboy‘s ad pages fell 35 percent.) Turns out, the rumors were only half right.

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Larry Kramer Tells Laurel at Michael’s: ‘We Need a New Generation of Storytellers’ – Watch the Video!

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Pictured above, Jack Rotherham of Metacafe.

Watch now:
mediabistro.com founder Laurel Touby talks shop with Magid’s Mike Vorhaus, Polaris Ventures’ Larry Kramer, and Metacafe’s Jack Rotherham during lunch at Michael’s on 55th and Fifth (Part One).

— LAUREL TOUBY

While Diane Clehane has her Lunch at Michael’s column, mine will be the redux version. I was sitting at Table 24, the very back of the room, just on the borderline of Siberia (aka the Garden Room). I had the pleasure of three men’s company (Jon Fine is home sick; sorry, Jon!). Mike Vorhaus, a consultant with Magid, Larry Kramer, uber media guru at Polaris Ventures (formerly with MarketWatch.com) and Jack Rotherham, senior vice president of Metacafe.

We had a wide-ranging discussion about journalism, media people, video, business models on the Web and more. Find out what we learned, and check out more video after the jump:

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American Media Inc.’s Anthrax-Tainted Office Reopens In Boca; Can AMI Be Far Behind?

ami_attacks.jpgThe Boca Raton offices David Pecker fled following a 2001 anthrax attack have reopened:

Tabloid publisher American Media Inc.’s former headquarters was reopened Thursday after years of decontamination from an anthrax attack that killed a photo editor six years ago. Boca Raton Mayor Steve Abrams said the building’s opening sends a message to those who carried out the still-unsolved attack on the former offices of the National Enquirer, Sun and Globe tabloid newspapers. “We will not be intimidated by terrorism in Boca Raton or anywhere else as Americans,” Abrams said.

No tenants as of yet. Developer David Rustine bought the 67,200-square-foot building for $40,000 in April 2003.

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  • Pecker’s Peccadilloes: AMI Chief Loses Battle Against Porn Parker

    pecker_loses_suit.jpgAmerican Media Inc. head David Pecker has lost a legal battle with a California man over the rights to davidpecker.com. Pecker filed a complaint last year with the World Intellectual Property Organization against Thomas Ferris, who registered the Web address last February, claiming that it served links to hardcore pornographic sites that tarnished Pecker by association. According to court documents, Pecker offered $100 (jeez, how bad have things gotten at AMI ?) to buy the address from Ferris, whose counteroffer sought $1,600. Ferris said he had never heard of Pecker, and that the ads were generated by a “parking service” he used because the address had “pecker” in its name.

    Pecker, having “completed more than $3.6 billion in magazine transactions,” is described in court documents as “a famous and highly respected businessperson in the publishing industry” — so much so that his name has taken on an even bigger meaning:

    David Pecker’s personal fame and reputation have caused his name, as a leader in the publishing industry and as Chairman and CEO of AMI, to acquire a secondary meaning in the industry.

    Apparently, the court disagreed:

    The panel is not convinced, based on the limited record before it, that Complainant has established rights in the name “David Pecker” for the purpose of this proceeding.

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