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Kelly Killoren Bensimon to be am New York Columnist

Kelly Killoren Bensimon used to be a writer for Gotham and an Editor at the now-shuttered Elle Accessories, but she’s most widely known for her role on the reality TV show Real Housewives of New York City. But maybe now that she’s going to be a columnist for am New York, people will start associating her with her original passion.

And before you dismiss the column, Bensimon told Keith Kelly that “It will be a little bit of everything: fashion, food, accessories, restaurants, sports, the arts.”

That’s right, the column – which debuts May 5th – will cover everything, so you can just take that Negative Nancy attitude somewhere else mister.

Jonathan Alter Heads to Bloomberg View

What Bloomberg wants, Bloomberg gets. When Jonathan Alter left his position at Newsweek on Monday, he left us wondering what his next move would be, and now we know: He’s contributing to Bloomberg News and will be a part of Bloomberg View when it launches in May.

Keith Kelly says that Alter had actually been with Bloomberg since February, putting together pieces for Bloomberg News and freelancing for Newsweek/The Daily Beast. According to a Bloomberg Spokesperson, Alter will be writing a weekly column for Bloomberg View once it’s up and running.

Hearst Execs Gather in D.C.

All the big dogs at Hearst are in one yard today through Friday, as they gather in Washington D.C. for a series of meetings. According to Keith Kelly, the meeting will most likely address what they plan to do with titles Hearst just acquired from its deal with Lagardére Group:

As many of the titles across the globe still face regulatory hurdles from various governmental authorities in Europe and elsewhere, it now looks like the US portion, known as Hachette Filipacchi Media, will close first, possibly in the next few weeks.

To begin operating the titles as soon as possible, Hearst will close the rest of the magazines on a country-by-country or region-by-region basis. The final piece of the deal is expected to close sometime early in the third quarter.

Kelly also says that the execs are going to be sorting out how to add Elle and Elle Decor to Hearst Tower.

That’s all great, but check this out: FishbowlNY hears that the bigwigs will play Heads Up, Seven Up to keep things from getting too boring. We’ll let you know who wins.

Gwyneth Paltrow Rumored to Launch Magazine

If you thought you could ever escape Gwyneth Paltrow, think again. Keith Kelly is reporting that the actress/singer is in talks with Hearst to launch a cooking magazine, making her grip on our world even more ubiquitous.

Though Hearst is denying any involvement, Kelly says all signs indicate that Cookin’ With Gwynny (our idea Paltrow! Don’t steal it!) will become a reality. He notes that she often brings up her cooking skills, that she is about to release a cookbook, and her recent Vogue cover story – titled “Beauty and The Feast” – was written by a food writer.

First acting, then singing, then magazines, then President Paltrow. You watch.

You can’t stop Paltrow, you can only hope to contain her.

Separate Tables for Jann Wenner and Neal Boulton

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— DIANE CLEHANE

We were grateful that several faithful Lunch readers emailed to let us know  Bill Clinton was at Michael’s yesterday. Thanks guys! I guess Mr. Clinton didn’t get the memo stipulating that all A-listers book their lunch dates for Wednesdays. Oh, well. Seems the former president was lunching with Harvey Weinstein to settle a bet on Harvey’s little production company winning an Oscar for The King’s Speech. These two under-the-radar guys were accompanied by a squadron of (Clinton) handlers and Secret Service men who were stationed all over the restaurant.  Sorry we missed all the excitement!

Today, things got off to a slightly late start (1:00 pm is the new noon if you’re keeping tracking of such things), but the dining room quickly filled up with plenty of master of the universe types (Barry! Woody!) who are always interesting to observe in their  natural habitat.  All I can say is french fries must be brain food.  I expect the place to be going full-tilt tomorrow night when The Kelly Gang hosts The 7th Annual Kelly Gang St. Patrick’s Day Benefit. The organization’s founders include The New York Post’s Keith Kelly, House Beautiful publisher Kate Kelly Smith and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly. The ‘Gang’ is back in full swing after taking a hiatus last year and is expecting a huge turnout to raise money for this year’s beneficiaries: Catholic Relief Services in Haiti and Tuesday’s Children. So, if you’re looking for a great St. Pat’s celebration that is doing a lot of good, stop by Thursday night and bring your checkbook.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Legendary crooner Neil Sedaka, sporting sneakers and a jaunty beret with a chic looking lady and a fellow we didn’t get to meet. We overheard Neil say that his son, Marc Sedaka, was on the Today show this morning alongside wife Samantha to talk about Marc’s new book, What He Can Expect When She’s Not Expecting. The book deals with how a spouse can support a wife’s struggle with infertility. Talk about an evolved man! Impressive.

2. Jets owner Woody Johnson, who hobbled in on crutches. Hope you’re on the mend soon.

3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong with Peter Jennings’ widow, Kayce Freed.  Kayce, a former producer of 20/20, is the co-founder of The Documentary Group which produced the much lauded To Iraq and Back: Bob Woodruff Reports for ABC News which chronicled his recovery from his near fatal brain injury.

4. Barry Diller and an unidentified important looking gent

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Print Editions of Mediaweek and Brandweek Might End in April

Keith Kelly, in a report about Adweek revamping its Hot List feature, cites a blog post media watcher Tony Case that says Mediaweek and Brandweek will stop print production in April. Case also says that Adweek will be launching a redesign of their website then, in part to respond to the new look Ad Age site.

But the big news – if Case is correct – is that print issues of Brandweek and Mediaweek are on their way out. We’ve been expecting this to happen since both magazines lost staffers and operated under one team overseen by the polarizing Michael Wolff. You could also argue that the magazines seemed to overlap coverage a lot, but still, each time print disappears, a journalist loses his wings.

Or something like that.

David Zinczenko, Keith Kelly and The Media Mavens

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— DIANE CLEHANE

Sorry, but you can’t expect dish about an Oscar winner every week. (We’re still reeling from our brush with Cate Blanchett in the dining room last Wednesday!) We’re chalking it up to school vacations, but the scene was relatively quiet at Michael’s today where the regulars had to be contented dishing with their dates rather than people watching.

Because we aim to please, I’ll fill you in on who has been spotted in the dining room since we filed our last column. On Friday, I was thrilled to be seated near Whoopi Goldberg, Bette Midler, Marlo Thomas, Liz Smith (looking better than ever!) and Cynthia McFadden. I don’t know if the feeling was mutual since I had my six year-old with me. Yesterday, my pal and accessory maven Mickey Ateyeh popped in with designer Carlos Falchi and actress Brenda Vaccaro. Here’s hoping there’s more to report next week!

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Media Advisory Group’s chairman Jack Myers with Dave Jackson and Orlando Reece of Grab Networks.

2. Men’s Health honcho David Zinczenko and The New York Post’s media guru Keith Kelly. Before Keith arrived, I caught up with David at the bar. David  is among the Elaine’s loyalists who are completely aghast at Michael Wolff’s vicious depiction of  the late Elaine Kaufman in the March issue of British GQ. According to an item on Page Six today, Wolff likens the beloved restaurateur to a ”low class madam” and describes the food at her iconic celebrity haunt as “inedible.” Very nice.

3. Producer Jean Doumanian and a pal we didn’t get to meet.

4.  The Metropolitan Museum’s John O’Keefe (loved the bow tie!) who passed the time waiting for his lunch date, Tim Mulligan, by sipping chardonnay and skimming the latest issue of Star.

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Bloomberg LP Being Sued By Swatch

Swatch Group, the maker of those iconic watches that somehow haven’t come back into style yet, is suing Bloomberg LP for what it claims are copyright law violations.

Keith Kelly says that Swatch is upset that Bloomberg LP made a recording of a Swatch conference call and a transcript of the company’s earnings available to Bloomberg LP subscribers. Apparently Swatch didn’t want any other company rebroadcasting the call, which was already being recorded and streamed online by a company hired by Swatch.

A Bloomberg Spokesperson told Kelly that the company did nothing wrong:

We believe that if a public company dis closes financial performance information to a select group of analysts, that company has a responsibility to be transparent and provide that information to everyone. The investing public has a right to know, and we’ll continue to provide transcripts and recordings from analyst calls to our audiences. We don’t think the Copyright Act says otherwise.

We look forward to Mayor Bloomberg reiterating this statement, and adding insult to injury by claiming he never thought Swatch’s were all that cool anyway.

Peter Lauria Out At The Daily Beast

It was nearly a year ago when Peter Lauria left his media reporter post at the New York Post for a job at The Daily Beast.  Now it appears as though Lauria is on his way out from and is negotiating his severance package with The Daily Beast.  Lauria has not published a story for The Daily Beast since Jan. 25 and, according to his former Post colleague Keith Kelly, calls to his office phone has been answered by newest Beast hire Nick Somers.

Sources close to the situation claim that Lauria has not been getting along with top editors including Daily Beast editor-in-chief Tina Brown.  Some believe Brown was upset with Lauria after he garnered a great deal of publicity and an interview on NBC’s Today Show for his story on Viacom owner Sumner Redstone’s obsession with the all-girl band the Electric Barbarellas.  Lauria seemed to have lost his way at The Daily Beast when Brown hired a horde of media reporters following the merger with Newsweek.  Notable additions to the department were Somers and Howard Kurtz who came aboard as DC bureau chief.

Will The Hatchet Fall At Hachette?

Now that Hearst has finalized the deal to acquire Hachette Filipacchi Media, speculation has begun over what the takeover means for HFM employees.  According to the New York Post’s Keith Kelly, at least 120 of Hachette’s 600 staffers will be laid off upon completion of the deal later this year.  Several key members on the Hachette team have already made their exit from the company and will be taking up new roles elsewhere in the industry.

Condé Nast has tapped Elle executive director of integrated marketing Eric Johnson for the associate publisher of marketing position at Bon Appétit.

American Media Inc. has snagged three of Hachette’s leading production executives: VP of operations and digital systems Mike Esposito, director of supply management Mark Eisner, and production director Steve Romeo.

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