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Posts Tagged ‘David Perel’

In Touch Stuffs Kim Kardashian Into a ‘Photo Recreation’

At the top of the In Touch article, the back-view image of Kim Kardashian trying to unsuccessfully squeeze into a wedding dress is clearly labeled as a *Photo recreation. But on the cover, there is no such disclaimer:

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And while we’re at it, what’s up with the lower-face and chin contouring of the bride-to-be? It’s almost as if In Touch cut the head of Kim from one photo and pasted it on to the body of Kim from another. Even if that’s not the case, someone at the final-proof stage should have said, “I don’t…” to this element as well.

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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.

David Perel Out at American Media

Florida gossip king Jose Lambiet has the exclusive on the end of an era at American Media Inc. Longtime employee David Perel is out.

The only question, since AMI wouldn’t comment to Lambiet for the item, is whether Perel was forced out or has left of his own volition:*

Perel’s contract is believed to run until April, but two sources at AMI tell Gossip Extra Perel was told not to bother showing up for work. The way Perel tells it, he’s pursuing other opportunities.

Regardless, the news should delight a few celebs, and their loved ones!

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Report: There’s a Prince Harry Vegas Video

Looks like Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist Norm Clarke was right on the VIP money.

Over the weekend, Drudge linked to the reporter’s August 26 item about the potential for even more scandalous media materials to come out of Prince Harry’s recent boisterous visit to The Strip. This morning, Radar Online managing editor David Perel seems to confirm that possibility via an anonymous source:

“There is video of Harry partying naked with women in the Las Vegas hotel room,” a source familiar with the situation said. “There have been some very quiet inquiries to see how much the video is worth.”

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Star Gets New Editor-in-Chief Amid Changes at AMI

There has been a bit of a shuffling at AMI. According to The New York PostJames Heidenry, most recently the Editor-in-Chief of Manhattan, is Star’s new Editor-in-Chief. Heidenry succeeds David Perel, who was named AMI’s Executive Vice President of Digital Content on Monday.

Additionally, Richard Spencer, OK!’s Editor-in-Chief, has been promoted to Editorial Director of the Celebrity Magazine Group, which includes Star, OK!, Reality Weekly and Soap Opera Digest.

Ryan Pienciak will succeed Spencer as OK!’s new Editor-in-Chief and Leah Ginsberg will succeed Pienciak as Executive Editor at the magazine.

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.

Star Magazine Pair Blocked by Ashton Kutcher

Badge of honor or badge of shame?

That’s the mock Twitter debate going this afternoon between Star magazine senior executive editor Dylan Howard and editor-in-chief David Perel after the pair discovered they have been blocked on Twitter by Ashton Kutcher:

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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.”

National Enquirer Used Satellites, Psychology to Force Edwards Confession

Today on the Huffington Post, David Perel, former Editor-in-Chief for the National Enquirer, talks about how the paper finally forced John Edwards to confess to cheating on his wife with Rielle Hunter.

Perel says that when the story initially broke and nothing happened, the Enquirer was demoralized. He knew that the only way people would believe the story was if Edwards confessed, so Perel didn’t give up. He decided to have a psychologist analyze Edwards to gain any advantage possible, and the information from that report proved to be vital:

The message from the professional that changed everything was that while it would be nearly impossible to make Edwards confess, he would offer a limited version of the truth if that was the only way he could maintain control of the scandal.

From there Perel says the Enquirer set up a massive sting operation using satellites, live video feeds and even a board mapping out Hunter and Edwards’ movements. This is how Edwards was eventually caught in the act, which ulitmately lead to his confession.

So basically the Enquirer used some CSI/The Wire/NCIS tactics to bring Edwards down. Perel’s account reads like a script from any one of those shows. Okay, maybe not NCIS, though if you think Perel wouldn’t have involved the Navy if he thought it was necessary, you’re sadly mistaken.

Former National Enquirer Editor On How They Got That John Edwards Story

David Perel was Editor-in-Chief of the National Enquirer when the tabloid broke the story of presidential candidate John Edwards‘ extramarital affair. Today on The Huffington Post, Perel discusses what went in to breaking that story. Notably, he begins, “It took two years, thousands of man hours and a cross-country chase to catch John Edwards cheating.” In other words, Enquirer reporters had the time, financial backing, and editorial support often required to break big news. A reminder of what gets lost with all that cost-cutting.

Perel notes that two primary tools used by the tabloid in uncovering the story were technology and psychology. The Enquirer had satellite photos and a professional psychological profiler at their disposal. How many journos out there have to buy their own office supplies?

The full story can be read on the HuffPo website. Perel is currently Managing Editor of celebrity gossip site RadarOnline.com.