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Doug Brod Joins TV Guide Magazine

Doug Brod, most recently the news director at Departures, has joined TV Guide Magazine as its executive editor. Previously, Brod had been with Spin as editor-in-chief, but was laid off last June as part of sweeping changes at the magazine.

TV Guide Magazine has been a leading source of entertainment news for nearly sixty years, and we’re excited to welcome Doug to our team,” said TV Guide president and editor-in-chief, Debra Birnbaumin a statement. “His pop culture expertise will be a tremendous asset as we continue to engage with our millions of readers on multiple platforms.”
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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

TV Guide Promotes Debra Birnbaum to President/Editor-in-Chief

TV Guide has announced that Debra Birnbaum has been named president/editor-in-chief of the publication. In her new role, Birnbaum, who remains editor-in-chief, will pursue new partnership and brand opportunities for this longstanding entertainment publication.

Birnbaum will continue to work closely with TV Guide Magazine‘s publisher, Lori O’Connor. Her new duties are effective immediately.

“For our millions of readers, TV Guide Magazine is much more than a magazine, it’s the story of American television,” Birnbaum said. “This new role is the next chapter. It’s an opportunity to guide passionate fans to ‘what’s worth watching,’ as the way we consume content continues to evolve.”

During her four and half year tenure as editor-in-chief, Birnbaum has introduced popular franchises like “Fan Favorites” and “The Hot List” as well as overseen a cover-to-cover redesign of the magazine.  Despite industry-wide decreases in magazine circulation and readership, TV Guide Magazine has maintained a circulation of 2 million and a weekly readership of nearly 13 million people.

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Lunch: Andre Leon Talley — Media Star!

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— DIANE CLEHANE

We missed Blythe Danner by a day. Too bad, I would have loved to have asked her what she thinks of her daughter’s goofy — but strangely compelling — Web site, GOOP. It’s the gospel according to Gwyneth, where she holds forth on all things great and small — from how to wear a little black dress to how she got rid of her ‘Shar-Pei-like stomach’ after her pregnancies (I’m not kidding). No matter. The dining room was jam-packed, as it’s been for weeks on Wednesdays now. Even the bar was standing room only. I was happy to catch up with my pals ‘The Bar-ettes’ Kira Semler and Vi Huse (They had to cancel a few weeks back because of that dreadful storm). But today spring was in the air, and from the looks of things, everyone was feeling upbeat.

I was thrilled when my friend Andre Leon Talley asked me to join him and Linda Wachner for coffee. Looking dapper as can be, Vogue‘s main man was fresh off his appearance on Today this morning, where he chatted with Meredith Vieira (“She was so easy to talk to”) about his much-anticipated March cover story on Michelle Obama. “I’m really proud of it,” says Andre of his exclusive up close and personal profile of the First Lady. There had been plenty of speculation on whether Mrs. Obama would be gracing the cover of the fashion bible after her hairdresser (who is getting his own reality show) semi-spilled the beans, but Andre says everyone at Vogue was sworn to secrecy. Now that it’s official, he’s making the rounds to talk about what it was like to spend time with the First Lady for the piece. He taped a segment for NBC Nightly News this morning, and he was off to do a sit-down after lunch with Wolf Blitzer (and he’s going back to CNN for a second appearance tomorrow). With so much interest surrounding the story and accompanying images, I’m predicting the issue will be one of the magazine’s strongest sellers ever. “I think it’s going to be huge,” says Andre. It’s a pretty safe bet, I’d say …

Andre told me he was struck by the First Lady’s “focus and clarity” about her new life and, of course, was duly impressed by her fierce determination and commitment to give her girls as normal a life as possible. “She doesn’t want them to grow up in a bubble,” he reports. Andre saw the bond between mother and daughters firsthand as he made the seven-hour train ride with the Obamas as they journeyed from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. to the inauguration. It was something to see, he said, when the girls threw their mom a surprise birthday party on the train, having spent two hours decorating the car in secret. Michelle was understandably thrilled, says Andre. “Her genuine warmth is amazing.” We both agree it’s high time interesting people who are actually doing something push the 11-pound, 11 year-old celebutantes who are famous for being famous from the spotlight. Could it be that ‘smart’ is the new cool? Here’s hoping…

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Kevin Huvane (who got hugs from the staff upon his arrival) and a mystery gent…

2. The Early shift: Dennis Basso and Marjorie Gubelman; Second seating: Bruce Wasserstein and his lovely daughter Pamela.

3. CNBC’s Jonathan Wald and Dan Abrams. When I stopped by to say hello, they told me the two “old friends” were having a “catch up” lunch. The Late Show: Lanky Luke Janklow and a distinguished gray-haired gal.

4. Jack Kliger

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Will Keck Moves to TV Guide

celebfwatch-300-lg.jpgLongtime USA Today entertainment columnist Will Keck makes his move to TV Guide to become the senior editor of the mag’s Hollywood bureau.

Keck’s first assignment for the mag will be to cover the TCAs.

Press release follows:

Congrats, Will!

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