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BREAKING: Mass Layoffs Reportedly Underway at Star Magazine

FishbowlLA has been alerted to some scandalous news involving Star magazine. Only in this case, the details relate to the publication’s editorial staff.

According to our source, more than a half-dozen people at Star’s New York offices are being let go today, including some very senior employees. It’s reportedly part of an amalgamation of Star and OK! editorial operations; the resulting unit will be responsible for both magazines.

We are in the process of trying to get official confirmation of the people involved. There may also be some separate National Enquirer personnel moves in the offing. In April, American Media, Inc. announced the promotion of Richard Spencer to the position of editorial director of its Celebrity Magazine Group, which consists of Star, OK! and Reality Weekly.

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Star Gets New Editor-in-Chief Amid Changes at AMI

There has been a bit of a shuffling at AMI. According to The New York PostJames Heidenry, most recently the Editor-in-Chief of Manhattan, is Star’s new Editor-in-Chief. Heidenry succeeds David Perel, who was named AMI’s Executive Vice President of Digital Content on Monday.

Additionally, Richard Spencer, OK!’s Editor-in-Chief, has been promoted to Editorial Director of the Celebrity Magazine Group, which includes Star, OK!, Reality Weekly and Soap Opera Digest.

Ryan Pienciak will succeed Spencer as OK!’s new Editor-in-Chief and Leah Ginsberg will succeed Pienciak as Executive Editor at the magazine.

American Media Gets Ready to Test Reality Weekly

Simon Cowell thinks it’s a great idea. But then again, The X Factor purveyor has a vested interest in the concept of a new weekly U.S. magazine devoted to reality TV shows and their stars.

According to a piece over the weekend in the New York Times by Jeremy W. Peters, the January launching mag will be priced at $1.79 and embrace that fact with the newsstand slogan “Less Money, More Fun!” Other concessions are also apparently being made:

The writing is big and blocky, and makes liberal use of exclamation points. “J. Lo’s Booty Scandal!” screams one headline on a prototype. “OMG! Seriously?” says another on an article about a contestant on The Bachelorette.

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OK! No Longer Paying Barr Tab

OK! has released publisher Stephen Barr just seven months into his tenure.  According to NYPost.com, a spokesperson for the U.S. version of the celebrity news mag said no replacement has been named.  Barr took over for Lori Burgess in April to become OK!’s third publisher since their 2005 launch.

Barr’s departure is a bit of a head scratcher when considering the recent uptick in ad sales.  Media Industry Newsletter indicates that OK! improved sales by 21 percent through Monday’s issue and a magazine spokesperson said that newsstand sales have risen since Richard Spencer signed on as editor-in-chief in early October.  While sales remain up, circulation was way down for the first half of 2010.  OK! fell short of the rate base promised to advertisers by more than 100,000 copies and newsstand circulation dropped by nearly 10 percent.

Richard Spencer Takes Over As Top Editor Of OK!

OK! magazine has tapped Richard Spencer as their new top editor.  Spencer will be replacing Mark Pasetsky who held the position since last fall and now will remain on staff in his previous role as managing editor.

Spencer says his priority at  OK! is to “enhance content, create sales growth and continuously exceed the expectations of our readers.”

Spencer left his post as editor-in-chief of In Touch this summer.  He has also served as editor-in-chief at Twist and J-14.

In Touch Loses Editor

intouch cover.jpg Keith Kelly reports today that Bauer Publishing‘s celebrity tab In Touch Weekly has lost its editor.

According to Kelly’s sources, Richard Spencer left his post “abruptly” on Monday, as the magazine was in the midst of closing deadlines. The reason for the departure could be a dispute with Bauer’s CEO Hubert Boehle over pay. Said Kelly:

“Signs point to a monumental blow-up between Spencer and [Boehle] — possibly over Spencer’s demands for a boost in the $750,000-a-year compensation package he was said to be pulling down.”

In Touch‘s executive editor Michelle Lee is the likely successor for Spencer, Kelly added. A Bauer spokesperson has not yet returned our requests for comment.

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Us‘s Janie Min: “I don’t think magazines are in my future.”

us_weekly_min2.jpgYesterday, we learned that celebrity editor-in-chief Janice Min was stepping down from the top slot at Us Weekly. The question on everyone’s mind is: what’s next for Min?

WWD scored an interview with Min and, although they couldn’t get her to give a hint about whether she has a new gig lined up, the editor did admit she doesn’t think she’ll be staying in magazines.

“I don’t think magazines are in my future,” Min told WWD. “I would be surprised if I worked for another magazine. Us Weekly is the ultimate magazine experience. And I now have the freedom to talk to people and figure out what I’ll do next.”

WWD also has some ideas about who might be in line to replace Min, if Michael Steele, who will step into her role for the time being, takes the editor-in-chief role on only temporarily. Some names mentioned include Us‘s Los Angeles bureau chief Melanie Bromley and the magazine’s news director Lara Cohen, rival pub Life & Style‘s editor-in-chief Dan Wakeford and In Touch eic Richard Spencer; People magazine’s Peter Castro, former editor-in-chief of British OK! Nicola McCarthy and ex-Min staffer Colleen Curtis.

In Touch Doctors Jolie’s ‘Veiny’ Guns

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Another day, another magazine photo-doctoring faux pas. The latest: In Touch, which apparently photoshopped out Angelina Jolie‘s veins for its latest cover. Editor Richard Spencer is unapologetic: “You’re right, we softened those veins. The arm was very, very veiny. … I think they can forgive it for the cover — unless it is a story specifically about their body. This was about her plans to expand her family.”

Meanwhile, an insider tells the New York Post that Men’s Fitness‘s doctoring of tennis star Andy Roddick‘s guns has led to an uproar in the art department, with design consultant Mary Anne Bulter resigning and staff design director John Gilman threatening to leave.

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