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AMI Promotes Publisher

American Media, Inc. (AMI) has promoted Kristen Elliott from publisher of Fit Pregnancy and Natural Health to Vice President, Group Publisher of the AMI Women’s Active Lifestyle Group. In her new position, Elliott will oversee the Shape, Fit Pregnancy and Natural Health brands.

“Kristen’s performance and work ethic since she has been with AMI merited this promotion,” said David Pecker, CEO and President of AMI. “As publisher of Fit Pregnancy, she never once missed her budget and succeeded in making the brand a must buy for advertisers in the parenting category. She has worked closely with the Shape staff in the past on integrated programs and thoroughly understands the health & fitness marketplace.”

Elliott will also assume the role of Publisher of Shape, which will be vacated by Brian Gruseke in April, as we noted this morning.

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Sunset Names New Publisher

Brian Gruseke, most recently Vice President and Publisher of Shape, has been named Publisher of Sunset. Prior to Shape, Gruseke was a veteran of Meredith Corporation, having spent 10 years with the company.

“Brian is a proven leader who has delivered forward-thinking solutions for clients in an ever-changing marketplace,” said Barb Newton, President of Sunset Publishing. “Sunset, which is a diverse brand with multiple assets including print, events, digital, tablet, custom publishing, and an international wine competition, will benefit from his successful experience selling across multiple platforms.”

Gruseke starts on April 11 and will report to Newton.

AMI Group Publisher Departs Company

Diane Newman has left her position as Group Publisher at American Media Inc. The details about her departure are a little murky, reports Adweek. AMI apparently reported last month that Newman was on personal leave, and today said she has departed for “personal reasons.”

Brian Gruseke, Publisher for Shape, and Kristin Elliott, Publisher for Fit Pregnancy and Natural Health, will now report directly to David Pecker, AMI’s CEO.

Cheryl Kramer Kaye To Lead Beauty And Fashion Coverage At Star

After taking a major step towards solving their bankruptcy woes yesterday, AMI is at the center of some more good news today as their own Star magazine hired Cheryl Kramer Kaye as beauty and fashion director.  Kramer Kaye comes over from Redbook where she had a 10-year stint as beauty director and introduced the MVP awards to recognize the industry’s best beauty items.  She will replace Tara Kraft who left Star last month to become editor-in-chief at Shape.

Star editor-in-chief Candace Trunzo spoke highly of her newest appointment and expects Kramer Kaye to flourish in her new role:

She is one of the most respected and talented editors in the industry and will add a great new dimension to our beauty and fashion coverage.

In addition to her time at Redbook, Kramer Kaye brings over two years of experience as beauty director at Fitness.  Kramer Kaye joins EVP and publishing director Diane Newman and Shape VP/publisher Brian Gruseke in a recent string of employees AMI has poached from rival publishers.  Star is closing up a successful 2010 where they witnessed ad pages rise to 18 percent through November — much of the increase is credited to beauty and fashion content.