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Former NBC Entertainment Boss Ben Silverman On ‘Fashion Star,’ His ‘killer New York show’

Former NBC entertainment President Ben Silverman is partnering once again with his old network, producing the upcoming reality series “Fashion Star” through his production company, Electus.

The program features wannabe fashion designers facing weekly style challenges. While it may sound like a familiar concept, the program aims to be broader, and has Saks Fifth Avenue, H&M and Macy’s on board to judge–and eventually sell–the wining styles.

FishbowlNY sat down with Silverman at the NATPE conference in Miami, where he argued that the series is the quintessential New York TV program:

“There are elements of the gossip pages here, the business section and the style section, all in one concept, which I think makes it a killer New York show,” Silverman said. “When you think of walking down fifth avenue on your way to 44th st, you are walking past the Saks flagship, the H&M flagship and into biggest department store in the world, Macy’s, and that is so impactful I think around this content. obviously New York is a media and fashion town, and I think it will be a show that really resonates.”

The program will be hosted by Elle MacPherson, with mentors including Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie and John Varvatos.

“One of the things that is getting lost in this incredibly interesting business model dynamic about the show is how fun it is to watch Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie, Elle MacPherson and John [Varvatos] go at it, and tease each other and have rooting interesting these contestants and have emotional breakdowns, and unbelievable moments of wit and comedy,” Silverman said.

As for working with his old network?

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Journalism Online Has Deals With 506 Papers & Mags|Some iPhone App Ideas For Mags|Nina Garcia’s New TV Role|Reader’s Digest May Miss Debt Payment|Too Many Media Gossip Sites? Never.

WebNewser: Journalism Online, the start-up founded by Steven Brill, Gordon Crovitz and Leo Hindery Jr. aimed at helping media outlets monetize content on the Web, claims that it has made deals with 506 newspapers and magazines. Each publication will reveal its association with the company in separate announcements, the owners said.

minOnline: Some iPhone app ideas that magazines should totally steal.

Fashion Week Daily: Marie Claire fashion director Nina Garcia has a role in the new TV drama about models called “The Beautiful Life,” which also stars Mischa Barton and Elle Macpherson.

Folio: Uh oh. Sources tell Folio that Reader’s Digest might not be able to make an interest payment on its debt due next week.

True/Slant: This blog post by Marcelo Ballve claims there are too many media gossip Web sites. No comment.

Cell Phone Hacking Allegations Against Murdoch’s British Papers Get Investigated

news of the world.pngYesterday, U.K. newspaper The Guardian published a story revealing that Rupert Murdoch‘s British newspaper subsidiary News Group News­papers had paid more than £1 million ($1.4 million) to settle claims that its reporters had illegally hacked into the cell phones of government officials and celebrities.

The allegations set off a firestorm of controversy in the U.K., with Scotland Yard launching an inquiry into the claims.

According to the Guardian the payments were made to Gordon Taylor, CEO the Professional Footballers’ Association, who sued News Group after a private investigator who worked for the company, Glenn Mulcaire, was jailed and admitted to hacking into phones of various targets, including Gordon and model Elle MacPherson. Another News Group staffer, Clive Goodman, a reporter for Murdoch owned News of the World was also jailed for hacking.

Although News Group denied any knowledge of its employees’ actions, Gordon still sued claiming the company did know what was up. His suit led to a £700,000 pay-out, which the Guardian claimed included more than £400,000 in damages. Two other football figures also sued the media company, resulting in the additional £300,000 in payments. All of the settlements included clauses preventing the parties from discussing the case, and Taylor’s case was sealed by the court, the Guardian added.

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