Bonnie Fuller Out of AMI Management; New ‘Editor-at-Large’ Role with Star

From the department of News You May Have Expected From an Unexpected Source, Perez Hilton has posted a press release announcing that Bonnie Fuller, AMI’s Executive Vice President, Chief Editorial Director is stepping down from her management role as of May 14 and will become "editor-at-large" of AMI’s Star magazine.

From the release:

"I am proud of the significant achievements of American Media’s celebrity and fitness brands over the past five years, and I am now ready for a new adventure," said Ms. Fuller. "The transformation of Star from a tabloid into a glossy magazine was unprecedented and has proven to be a great success. I am also proud of the redesigns of several other titles over the past few years. I have been fortunate to work with an exceptional group of talented editors and publishers, and am thrilled to continue my involvement with AMI through my role as editor-at-large at Star and consultant to David Pecker."

The opening lines of New York Magazine’s 2003 profile of Ms. Fuller were "Bonnie Fuller knows how to make an exit. She’s made six of them in her twenty-year career as an editor-in-chief, and not all of them have worked out so well, but this one went off with the diversionary panache of the casino heist in Ocean’s Eleven."

No word on how her Star editor-at-large role will impact the current holder of that title at that magazine.

Release follows:

AMERICAN MEDIA ANNOUNCES BONNIE FULLER TO STEP DOWN AS EVP AND CHIEF EDITORIAL DIRECTOR; TO SERVE AS EDITOR-AT-LARGE OF STAR MAGAZINE AND CONSULTANT TO COMPANY

NEW YORK, MAY 13, 2008 – American Media, Inc. (AMI) today announced that Bonnie Fuller, who has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Editorial Director since July 2003, will resign from those positions as of May 14, 2008. Going forward, Ms. Fuller will serve as editor-at-large of AMI’s Star magazine, and also will act as a consultant to the company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer David J. Pecker.

“I am proud of the significant achievements of American Media’s celebrity and fitness brands over the past five years, and I am now ready for a new adventure,” said Ms. Fuller. “The transformation of Star from a tabloid into a glossy magazine was unprecedented and has proven to be a great success. I am also proud of the redesigns of several other titles over the past few years. I have been fortunate to work with an exceptional group of talented editors and publishers, and am thrilled to continue my involvement with AMI through my role as editor-at-large at Star and consultant to David Pecker.”

“Bonnie Fuller has been an important part of a team that has overseen a range of extremely successful editorial initiatives over the past five years,” said Mr. Pecker. “I am pleased that we will continue to benefit from her journalistic contributions through her role as editor-at-large at Star and a consultant to the company.”

About American Media, Inc.

American Media, Inc. is the leading publisher of celebrity journalism and health and fitness magazines in the U.S. These include Star, Shape, Men’s Fitness, Fit Pregnancy, Natural Health, and The National Enquirer. In addition to print properties, AMI owns Distribution Services, Inc., the country’s #1 in-store magazine merchandising company.