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Amazon Halts Some Disney Movie Preorders (WSJ)
Amazon.com Inc. has halted preorders for some DVDs and Blu-ray discs from media giant Walt Disney Co., including popular titles such as Captain America: The Winter Soldier, in an apparent contract dispute. CNET However, preorders of digital versions on Amazon Instant Video are still available. The situation is reminiscent of an apparent dispute between Amazon and Warner Home Video in which preorders of discs for The Lego Movie, Transcendence, and 300: Rise of an Empire vanished from the site earlier this summer. Amazon hasn’t publicly commented on that situation, but it’s thought that the move is intended to apply pressure on Warner to gain greater margin on each sale. Time Amazon has been engaged in an increasingly acrimonious dispute with Hachette over eBook pricing, with Amazon restricting the sale of Hachette books until the two parties arrive at terms. More than 900 authors, including Malcolm Gladwell and Stephen King, have signed an open letter criticizing Amazon’s policies. Amazon hasn’t yet publicly commented on the apparent dispute with Disney. Variety Disney, on its U.S. homevideo site, is directing customers to Walmart and Best Buy for pre-orders of Maleficent and other upcoming releases. Muppets Most Wanted also is available for pre-order from Target. Deadline Hollywood Discussions will be continuing between Amazon and Disney throughout the week to try to resolve the pricing issue.

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Life & Style Gains Photographer, Bloomberg Adds Reporter

A couple Revolving Door items to note this morning, involving Life & Style and Bloomberg. Details are below.

  • Mary Pat Thibodeau is leaving The New York Daily News to rejoin Life & Style as a photographer. She had left the magazine over a year ago to join the Daily News, but now has returned to the glossy.
  • Joseph Deaux is joining Bloomberg as a commodities reporter. He comes to the company from TheStreet.com, where he served as a reporter covering markets, gold, politics and more. He had been with TheStreet since 2011.

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.

Daily Mail Reporter Wraps Up @WeAreNewYorkers Stint

There’s a brand new and very cool Twitter account to be aware of. The idea behind @WeAreNewYorkers is simple: each week (Monday through Sunday), a different resident of Manhattan is chosen by the feed’s co-founders to curate the information and help stamp it with a personalized view of worthy, favorite and out-of-the-way local living.

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At the helm this week has been Lydia Warren, a reporter for the US side of The Daily Mail who also runs a blog called “Today’s the Day I….,” all about her experiences since moving to New York from London in 2011. Warren has highlighted everything from West Village shop Dolce Gelateria’s spaghetti ice cream to a visiting Downton Abbey “tea truck.”

The individuals responsible for @WeAreNewYorkers tell FishbowlNY they prefer to remain anonymous, so as to keep the focus on their team of New York-based curators. “We’re both under 30, both film aficionados, and we actually met on Twitter and decided to start this account together,” they explain via email. “We’re not native New Yorkers but have been here for three-five years and absolutely love the city.”

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Five Staffers Cut From InTouch, Life & Style

There have been a total of five editorial cuts at Bauer Publishing’s InTouch and Life & Style. The New York Post reports that among those let go was In Touch veteran Michael Todd, who had been the magazine’s executive director of photography since 2002. Nicole Tereza, design director for In Touch for the past two years, was also dropped.

Dan Wakeford, editorial director of both magazines, told the Post the recent cuts were nothing big and things are going great. ”It’s minimal restructuring compared to anything else other magazines are doing,” he insisted.

We’re guessing Todd and Tereza don’t agree with that assessment.

Jo Piazza Named Exec News Director of In Touch Weekly and Life & Style

Jo Piazza has been named executive news director of In Touch Weekly and Life & Style, a new role at the titles. Piazza comes to the magazines from Current TV, where she was senior digital editor. Her work has also appeared in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and New York.

“Our commitment to putting out the best magazines on the newsstand starts with investing in the best talent in the industry,” said Dan Wakeford, editor-in-chief of Bauer’s entertainment news titles, in a statement. “Jo has proved herself an accomplished and talented journalist, and we’re excited to welcome her to our team.”

Piazza’s appointment is effective April 9.

Bauer Publishing Makes Changes

Bauer Publishing has named Jared Shapiro editorial director of news and entertainment for In Touch and Life & Style, a new role at the company. Shapiro has been with Bauer since 2005, most recently as executive editor of Life & Style. As editorial director, he will report to Dan Wakeford, editor-in-chief of the two magazines.

Bauer has also named Terri White executive editor of Life & Style. White was most recently editor-in-chief of Buzz, an entertainment  magazine published alongside Britain’s The Sun.

“The appointment of such strong talent to our executive editorial team reinforces the extraordinary quality that Bauer is known to deliver at the newsstand,” said Sebastian Raatz, executive vice president of Bauer Publishing. “The talent that we’ve positioned to lead these staffs will take Bauer’s entertainment group to the next level.”

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Sagging Sales? Just Add Whitney Houston

Celebrity magazines know a gold mine when they see one, so it should come as no surprise that they scrambled to plaster Whitney Houston’s face on their covers. According to WWD, People scored the biggest, selling 1.5 million issues of its “Triumph & Tragedy” cover. Us Weekly was the runner-up, with 710,000 copies sold of its Houston issue.

In Touch’s Houston cover sold 625,000 copies and even Life & Style, which only had a smalll picture of Houston on the cover, hit the 420,000 mark.

We’re not even going to mention the numbers for the National Enquirer, which made the classy decision to put a picture of Houston in her casket on its cover. Hopefully the editors — and whoever bought the issue — suffered through a few sleepless nights afterward.

The Kim Kardashian Effect Hits a Slump

The Kim Kardashian Effect — the remarkable positive impact of putting Kardashian on a magazine cover — might have seen its last days. According to the New York Post, this week four celebrity magazines  — Us Weekly, In Touch, Life & Style and OK! — featured one of the Kardashian’s, and all of their newsstand sales were down.

Us Weekly’s Khloe cover  and OK!’s Kim covers were both among the titles’ worst-selling issues of the year, while In Touch’s Kourtney cover and Life & Style’s Kim cover were both slightly down in newsstands sales.

Does this mean the Kim Kardashian Effect is finished? Never! It’s the holidays, so people aren’t buying as many magazines. Plus, some might still be annoyed at Kim for making a quick buck or million by getting married for a few hours. We expect 2012 will see the Kim Kardashian Effect back in all its glory. And if it’s not, she can always just get married again; that’ll get people’s attention. Maybe this time she’ll even try someone in a different sport. Tiger Woods is still single, right?

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BayNewser: The Bay Area News Project, which is providing content for The New York Times‘ Bay Area section, has named a CEO and editor-in-chief.

Wall Street Journal: The Apple tablet is coming next week and Steve Jobs is looking at ways to “make money in old media.” Well, if anyone can do it…

Mediaweek: Congressional hearings on the antitrust implications of the Comcast-NBC Universal deal are set to begin February 4.

WWD: Celeb weekly InTouch is still on the hunt for a new editor, and Colleen Curtis from AOL, Rob Shuter of Popeater.com and Life & Style‘s Dan Wakeford are the reported frontrunners for the job.

Mediaite: The case of the missing $1.5 million Conan O’Brien “Tonight Show” sketch.

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