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Daily Beast Catches Up to LA Photog’s Treats! Phenomenon

You know the “internal politics” have to be bad when they cause a male photographer to give up lucrative gigs shooting “scantily clad and naked women” for the likes of Maxim, Playboy and FHM. That’s the lede crowning Chris Lee‘s very fun Daily Beast article about British born LA-based photographer Steve Shaw.

Actually, Shaw is still in the beautiful women business, but now operates without the troublesome constraints of “bum crack” edicts or allowable breast exposure decrees. In 2011, he launched his own quarterly magazine Treats! (NSFW), to immediate buzz and acclaim:

The new title has grabbed the attention of influential tastemakers and industry icons around the world for its tasteful displays of female full-frontal nudity, luxe-y aesthetic, and underpinning of fashion-world credibility. And now subscriptions are flooding in as far away as the Netherlands, Russia, Brazil, and Malaysia, as well as such entrenched style hubs as London and Tokyo.

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LiLo Playboy Cover Breaking Sales Records?

Is Hugh Hefner full of hot air?

The Playboy publisher tweeted Sunday that “the Lindsay Lohan January-February Double Issue is breaking sales records.”

TMZ.com reported that newsstands have had to re-order the issues multiple times. But when CNN called a dozen newsstands in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta and New York, only one location was sold out of the issue.

Considering the entire spread was leaked online and that the world is no stranger to Lohan’s assets, I find it hard to believe that this issue is breaking sales records.

But for $1 million, I hope Hefner has made his money back at least.

Playboy Publishing Leaving Chicago For LA

The writing was on the wall in April when Playboy editorial director and chief content officer Jimmy Jellinek moved to Los Angeles, but now it’s official — Hugh Hefner is relocating his Chicago-based publishing team to Los Angeles.

Playboy‘s editorial, art and photo departments will be based out of the company’s new Beverly Hills office by May 2012, according to Time Out Chicago.

“Some of the magazine’s Chicago employees have been asked to relocate, while others have been asked to stay on in Chicago to ensure a seamless transition,” Playboy spokeswoman Theresa Hennessey said Tuesday in a statement.

Playboy To Release Lindsay Lohan Issue Early

Due to the leak this week of the Lindsay Lohan Playboy cover and spread, Hugh Hefner has decided to release the January/February issue early.

“Because of the interest & the Internet leak, we’re releasing the Lindsay Lohan issue early,” Hefner tweeted Friday. “Lindsay Lohan was the top search name on the Internet yesterday. Her issue goes on sale late next week. Hot. Hot. Hot.”

If you can’t wait until next week, you can find the photos by doing a quick Google search.

Not bad, LiLo. Not bad at all.

Playboy Moving to Beverly Hills in 2012

And since we are on the topic of Playboy, Hugh Hefner‘s media company is packing up and moving to the former home of the Hilton Hotels Corporation in Beverly Hills, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Playboy will rent 45,000 square feet from Tishman Speyer and occupy a floor and a half of space at what’s now called the Office at Beverly Hills (9336 and 9346 Civic Center Drive). Terms of the lease were not disclosed.

The move to Beverly Hills, which should be completed by May 2012, is a serious consolidation for Playboy, as they currently rent more than 75,000 square feet of office space in Santa Monica and outside Glendale.

The new office will not only be home to Hefner but to writers, editors and the magazine’s photo studios.

National Entertainment Journalism Award Finalists Announced

The Los Angeles Press Club announced the finalists for its 2011 National Entertainment Journalism Awards today. Lots of familiar names. Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva, Bloomberg NewsRonald Grover, Radar’s Dylan Howard, KABC-TV’s George Pennacchio, NBC-4′s Tara Wallis-Finestone and Stephen Leigh Morris of the LA Weekly are all finalists for journalist of the year honors.

The awards will be held November 17 at the Biltmore Hotel–where none other than Hugh Hefner will be there to receive a lifetime achievement award.

Full list of finalists after the jump.

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Hef’s Ex Puts Engagement Ring Up for Sale

Hugh Hefner‘s ex-fiance Crystal Harris just put her engagement ring up for sale on the famous auction site Christie’s. TMZ reports the ring could go from anywhere between $20k to $30k.

A source told TMZ Harris “couldn’t bear to look at the ring anymore because it brought back bad memories.” Guess it didn’t occur to her to give the ring back.

Hugh Hefner’s Ex to Auction Off Ring

(Via Christie's)

 

Remember Crystal Harris? She’s the ex fiancee of Hugh Hefner, and she made news by dumping poor Hef five days before their wedding, back in June. Hefner then got a little revenge by pasting a huge “Runaway Bride” sticker on the Playboy issue that featured Harris on the cover. Now it appears that it’s Harris’ turn for some fun.

According to TMZ, she’s auctioning off her engagement ring at Christie’s next month. The ring, which features a huge 3.39 carat diamond, is expected to get Harris anywhere between $20,000 and $30,000. Hefner might not have the best taste in clothes, but clearly the guy knows how to buy a ring.

Playboy EVP Shifting to New Consulting Role

Longtime Playboy executive Richard Rosenzweig will start his new role as a senior advisor for Hugh Hefner‘s enterprises starting on Sept. 30.

The 76-year-old Rosenzweig is currently the executive vice president of Playboy Enterprises, a member of the company’s board of directors and chairman of Alta Loma Productions, Playboy‘s mainstream production company. He’s been at Playboy since 1958 and wanted a reduced role with the company.

“Dick’s decision is bittersweet for all of us at Playboy and for me in particular,” Hefner said in a statement. “Dick has worked with me since the early days of the magazine in Chicago, and since that time he has been my trusted advisor and business partner.  I understand and applaud Dick’s desire to devote more energy to his many philanthropic and civic interests as well as to spend more time with his wife Judy Henning, and I am pleased that he has agreed to continue providing insight and strategic counsel to me and the company on a part-time basis.”

Rosenzweig will remain on the board of directors and keep his role as executive producer of NBC’s The Playboy Club.

Playboy Lands Top Five Spot Thanks to Discount

Say what you want about Playboy — the magazine is dead, Hugh Hefner is probably a robot, etc. — but it still has some magic left. Thanks to the 60 cents issue that tied it to “The Playboy Club” TV show, Playboy landed in the top five October monthlies, improving its ad pages by 70 percent from last year.

Despite that impressive gain, min reports that Playboy actually came in second. People en Español grabbed the top spot for the month, improving ad pages by 73 percent with its 15th anniversary issue.

For the rest of the top five monthlies — including a surprising Smithsonianhead over to min.

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