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Guggenheim Media Makes Changes

Janice Min, co-president/chief creative officer of Guggenheim Media’s Entertainment Group, continues to make moves. According to the New York Post, Min has named Mike Bruno Billboard.com’s VP of digital programming, and Will Lee THR.com’s VP of digital content and programming.

Bruno comes to Guggenheim Media from Entertainment Weekly, where he served as EW.com’s assistant managing editor. Lee joins from Penske Media, where he served as VP of strategy.

In other Guggenheim Media news, Shirley Halperin, The Hollywood Reporter’s music editor, is taking on the same role at Billboard.

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

All in the Family with Joe Kernen & A Dark Shadows Star is Reborn

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It was a bustling scene at Michael’s today as the power lunch crowd  crammed in some last minute networking before their late summer vacations. In the mix: talking heads (Joe Kernen, Andrew Ross Sorkin), hot shot editors (David Zinczenko, Joanna Coles), and beauty gurus (Estee Lauder’s John Demsey and Thia Breen at separate tables).

I was joined today by Kathryn Leigh Scott who I met years ago while working on a piece for TV Guide about the ongoing appeal of the ’60s Gothic soap, Dark Shadows. Long before Twilight, Kathryn starred as the doomed lady love of vampire Barnabas Collins. Like its eternal leading man, Dark Shadows just won’t die. Tim Burton, one of the show’s most fervent fans, is currently shooting a big screen version starring Johnny Depp as Barnabas and scheduled for a May 2012 release. Kathryn just returned from London where she shot a cameo role for the film. I was dying to get her take on how Johnny is sinking his fangs into the role, but Kathryn demurred, “I’ve been sworn to secrecy!”

We had plenty to talk about anyway. Kathryn’s  latest novel, Dark Passages (Pomegranate Press) is a love letter to Dark Shadows and is already getting rave reviews. Set in the swinging ’60s, it tells the tale of an actress moonlighting as a Playboy bunny who just happens to be vampire and is determined to make it in New York City without her supernatural powers. While working on the cult hit Dark Passages, she meets her nemesis, a 300-year-old witch. ”Anyone who, as a kid, ran home from school to watch Dark Shadows will love it,” Kathryn told me. (We’re starting it tonight.) On the 17th of this month, she’ll be at Barnes & Noble at 86th and Lexington signing copies. Then, on August 19 through the 21, she’ll join several of the original cast members at the annual Dark Shadows festival at the Brooklyn Marriott.

Kathryn is one author who has always taken that old chestnut ‘write what you know’ to heart.  Having worked as a Playboy bunny herself in the ’60s, she interviewed over 250 former bunnies, including Lauren Hutton and Debbie Harry, for her 1999 release The Bunny Years. The book was recently acquired by Imagine Television for potential use in upcoming episodes of The Playboy Club premiering this fall on NBC. With renewed interest in the subject, Simon & Schuster is releasing an updated edition next month with a new forward written by none other than Hugh Hefner.

While Kathryn is over the moon about The Bunny Years getting a new lease on life, she is livid with one former bunny who worked with her back in the day. None other than Gloria Steinem was part of a class of seven women who trained at The Playboy Club at the same time — but Gloria’s stint was a ruse so she could write a scathing expose on the women and the club. While she didn’t identify any of the women by name, she used stories they’d shared thinking they were talking to a friend. “What kind of feminism is it when you put down the women you work with?” asked Kathryn. “All of us were just as ambitious. She knew I was a scholarship student trying to build a career in acting.” What burns Kathryn the most is that Gloria is still bad mouthing the bunnies. “I’m in warrior mode,” she told me, “because this 46 year-old rant is tiresome.” Ms. Steinem, I think you’ve met your match.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Hollywoodlife.com’s Bonnie Fuller and Fidelis Global’s Gerry Byrne, a Penske board member, presiding over their monthly lunch. On the guest list:  Activate’s co-founder and managing director, Michael J. WolfKatherine Oliver, commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment; Ritu Trivedi of Mindshare Interactive; Tribeca Enterprise”s Jon Patricof; Estee Lauder group president John Demsey; WWD‘s AmyWicks; J. Walter Thompson CEO Bob Jeffrey; and Penske Media president Aly Racer; and the company’s head of strategy and operations, Will Lee.

2. Marie Claire’s publisher Nancy Cardone and editor Joanna Coles (Loved that Alexander McQueen dress!) with Estee Lauder’s Thia Breen.

3. Discovery ID’s head honcho Henry Schleiff. Henry tells me last night’s premiere of Big Law starring former boxer Eric Esch who returns to his hometown of Jasper, Alabama as ‘Deputy Butterbean’ to exact some big justice was “a knockout.”

4. CNBC’s Squawk Box host Joe Kernen with  his lovely wife and adorable daughter, Blake (co-author of Your Teacher Said What? with her dad). The family stopped in for a quick bite before catching today’s matinee performance of Wicked.

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HollywoodLife.com Snags Another NY Gossip Columnist

Laura Schreffler.jpgBonnie Fuller continues to beef up the staff of her Mail.com Media Corp.-owned celeb Web site HollywoodLife.

Just a few weeks after picking up Page Six reporter Corynne Steindler from The New York Post, Fuller has hired New York Daily News Gatecrasher columnist Laura Schreffler to serve as West Coast bureau chief. Before joining the Daily News, Schreffler worked as lifestyle editor at OK! magazine.

Fuller’s other recent hires include Will Lee, former New York bureau chief of TMZ.com. Lee was hired in September to serve as HollywoodLife’s executive editor, and he will work out of the publication’s Los Angeles office with Schreffler.

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Steindler Leaves Page Six To Join Bonnie Fuller

P6 masthead2.pngThe New York Observer reports that Corynne Steindler is leaving The New York Post‘s Page Six gossip column to join Bonnie Fuller‘s new venture HollywoodLife as a senior reporter.

Steindler is the third Page Six staffer to leave in the past few months, following the lead of Paula Froelich and Bill Hoffman, who departed in July.

HollywoodLife confirmed Steindler’s move this afternoon. “We are privileged to welcome such a seasoned reporter to HollywoodLife.com,” Fuller said. “With terrific experience breaking celebrity news, Corynne’s addition is a significant advantage to our strong and growing editorial team.”

Fuller has been recruiting some top gossip talent to her site, recently snagging TMZ‘s Will Lee to serve as executive editor.

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Corynne Steindler Leaves Page Six for Bonnie Fuller’s Site, HollywoodLife.comThe Observer

Earlier: Jossip’s Steindler Jumps To Gossip’s Page Six

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TMZ’s Will Lee Joins Bonnie Fuller|Thomson Reuters’ Digital Strategy|Glass Confirms End of Showtime Show|Wintour Looks Happy During Fashion Week|Sotomayor The Cover Model

FishbowlLA: HollywoodLife.com editor-in-chief Bonnie Fuller has named TMZ.com‘s former New York bureau chief Will Lee executive editor.

WebNewser: Thomson ReutersAlisa Bowen discussed her company’s digital strategy at this week’s Think Mobile event.

New York Times: Following up on our report yesterday, Brian Stelter reports that “This American Life” host Ira Glass is calling an end to the show’s Showtime series after two seasons, although he says he wouldn’t mind working with the cable network on a special project or short series.

Gawker: A gallery of Anna Wintour photos from New York Fashion Week. And she actually looks happy!

WWD: Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will grace the cover of Latina magazine’s December issue.

Will Lee To Be Executive Editor at HollywoodLife.com

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We’ve posted the entire press release below for your perusal:

Former New York Bureau Chief of TMZ Joins HollywoodLife.com

HollywoodLife.com President and Editor-in-Chief Bonnie Fuller Appoints Will Lee as Executive Editor

September 17, 2009 – New York City – HollywoodLife.com, a soon-to-be relaunched online entertainment and celebrity Web site, owned by Mail.com Media Corporation (MMC), announced today the appointment of Will Lee as executive editor. The appointment was made by HollywoodLife.com’s President and Editor-in-Chief Bonnie Fuller.

“Will comes to us with a vast background in reporting, management and new media,” says Bonnie Fuller, president and editor-in-chief, HollywoodLife.com. “During his career he has been responsible for breaking major celebrity news and will bring this level of reporting to HollywoodLife.com.”

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