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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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Kinder, Gentler Perez Hilton Launches Perezitos.com

As Perez Hilton approaches the one-year anniversary of a redemptive journalistic makeover, he is adding in kind to a web empire that already includes spinoffs CocoPerez.com and PerezFit.com.

The newest cog in the Perez portfolio is Perezitos.com, focused on celebrity parents and their kids, with advice from pediatricians thrown in for good measure. The man born Mario Lavandeira tells Reuters LA he’s thrilled with his new M.O.:

“I’ve had some people say they miss the old Perez but thankfully, the majority of the comments are people embracing this change and direction, and at the end of the day, the reason I made the shift was for myself,” he said. “I can still be critical, and I am, and I can still talk about celebrities, but I can do it in a way that’s not mean and hurtful and nasty. My new motto is ‘be sassy…’”

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Nicole Richie’s Baby Officially Better Than Christina Aguilera’s

28868033947c737544fd94.jpgPeople magazine devoted a cover each to new moms Nicole Richie and Christina Aguilera, who each delivered their spawn a day a part at Cedars Sinai.

Both mammas sold their baby’s first pics for obscene sums, but in Nicole’s case, that might have been a good investment for the mag, which is on target to sell more than 1.8 million copies.

Aguilera’s numbers, it’s been widely reported, have been far more disappointing.

We’d feel bad reducing a child’s value to a dollar sign — if the moms hadn’t beaten us to it.

Publicist Pokes Fun at Richie in ‘Cookbook’

nicole richie.jpegNicole Richie has been attacked by the tabs about her weight over and over again. But now a “Hollywood publicist” is stepping up to the plate to take a jab at Richie’s formerly gaunt frame (remember, she’s pregnant now) courtesy of what else, a cookbook.

Robert Smith has come up with the “Nicole Richie Cookbook,” a comical tome that actually includes no recipes at all. It’s just pages and pages of empty paper – obviously an easy read, announced the author. “This is the only book I’ve read from cover to cover. It’s a real page turner that I couldn’t put down,” he says on the book’s website.

The site also says that the $11.99 gag gift “will definitely bring a smile to your family and friends.” FBLA is betting it won’t bring the same reaction to Richie’s face.

- CHRIS GARDNER

LAT Goes Blogger-tastic

coffeenews.jpegDo you get the LAT print edition? Yeah, us neither. But if you’re reading this at Starbucks, scrounge around a bit and look at the cover of the California section.

The Times apparently has been importing copy editors from Defamer — the headline for today’s Nicole Richie story has the words “4 Days” striked-through, blogger-style.

We’d show it to you, but the online edition doesn’t have it. So check it out for yourself. And enjoy that macchiato.

LAT In 90 Seconds

32071359.jpgFunny Or Offensive? Online critics praise and skewer BET’s “Read a F@&%ing Book” campaign. Greg Braxton does a nice job of pointing out that the campaign’s coarse langauge is “bleeped out when it is broadcast on BET, which is part of Viacom, the owner of CBS, which earlier this year fired shock jock Don Imus for using what he called hip-hop-flavored humor in his comments about the Rutgers women’s basketball team.”

32074363.jpgSuper Simple Life: In a Richard Winton two-fer we learn that pregnant pothead Nicole Richie is out of jail after 82 minutes and that Lindsay Lohan bargained her way into serving just one day on cocaine and DUI charges. Suck on that, Paris.

mur.jpegHello? Rupert Here. How Are You? New WSJ owner/feared madman Rupert Murdoch called three reporters who were thinking about ditching the Journal and asked them, pretty please, to stay. Tara Parker-Pope, Kate Kelly and Henny Sender received the calls. Parker-Pope was apparently unimpressed and will be heading to the NYT, while Kelly “told others she had already decided to stay. Sender hasn’t decided.” Nice “hands-off management,” Rupert.

FBLA 20 Questions: Cathleen Cotter

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Sr. Editor at PR Newswire, Cathleen Cotter, fancies herself as an Arthurian enchantress. And we can see why. She did answer our insidiously insightful questions without the use of ancient magicks.

1. What newspapers do you read? L.A. Times on weekends, the Argonaut (local paper), LA Weekly, City Beat (otherwise I get my news online)

2. Which ones do you move your lips to while reading? none, but I do enjoy reading the paper while out with my friends for breakfast on the weekend and we read interesting bits to each other.

3. Which Web sites (besides FBLA) are on your favorites bookmark? I don’t really use bookmarks. The tabs on my Firefox browser are set to Flickr, Gmail, CNN, LA Observed and Curbed L.A.

4. Where do you get your car washed? This place on Lincoln, north of Washington Blvd.

5. Do you know your dentist’s first name? Yes–Marilyn

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LAT in 90 Seconds

31625904.jpgMirthala Salinas: Suspended without pay for two months.

31626223.jpgHal Fishman: Hospitalized with a serious infection.

31607451.jpgNicole Richie: Chooses L.A. County Jail over a “pay to stay” municipal program.

Prom Queen Launches on MySpace

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Michael Eisner’s studio, Vuguru, launched a new 80-episode soap-opera, “Prom Queen,” on MySpace.

Will the scripted murder mystery be as dramatic as the real events on MySpace? Remember when Blink-182 alum Travis Barker used his page to maul his ex, Shanna Moakler or when Nicole Richie called Rachel Zoe “raisin face”? Good times.

AP Ends Blackout On Paris

ParisHilton_mic.jpgIt lasted but a week. The Associated Press’ experimental blackout on news about Paris Hilton is over.

The AP’s Jocelyn Noveck delivers the sad news:

So you may have heard: Paris Hilton was ticketed the other day for driving with a suspended license. Not huge news, even by celebrity- gossip standards. Here at The Associated Press, we put out an initial item of some 300 words. But it actually meant more to us than that. It meant the end of our experimental blackout on news about Paris Hilton.

So what did we miss during “blackout week”? The AP bravely didn’t mention Hilton’s birthday party (“at which a drunken friend reportedly was ejected by security after insulting Paula Abdul and Courtney Love“), nor a promotional visit to Puerto Rico to hawk her fragrance. But her name did slip into copy “unintentionally three times, as background: in stories about Britney Spears, Nicole Richie, and even in the lead of a story about Democrats in Las Vegas.”

One question, AP: How can “Paris Hilton” just slip in “unintentionally three times”?