American Media (publisher)
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|Headquarters||New York City, USA|
|Key people||Roger Altman
David J. Pecker, CEO
Joe Weider (Weider Publications)
|Revenue||$1.597 billion USD (2006)|
"American Media" is not to be confused with the international event coverage firm "American Media Distribution" (www.americanmediadistribution.com). The modern American Media came into being after Generoso Pope, Jr., longtime owner of The National Enquirer, died in 1988, and his tabloids came under new ownership. American tabloids began consolidating in 1990, when American Media bought Star from Rupert Murdoch. The purchase of Globe Communications (owner of the Globe and the National Examiner) followed nine years later.
American Media's corporate headquarters in Boca Raton, Florida, figured prominently in news headlines in late 2001, after an anthrax attack was perpetrated on the company. Since then the corporate headquarters have moved to New York City at 1 Park Avenue in Manhattan, before moving to the Financial District to the former JP Morgan Chase headquarters at 4 New York Plaza. That building was severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy but reopened in February 2013. The CEO, David J. Pecker, travels between the Boca Raton and New York offices while managing the company.
AMI continued to expand after it bought Joe Weider's Weider Publications in 2002. Joe Weider continues to manage control of his magazines under AMI's Weider Publications subsidiary.
In November 2010, American Media filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection due to nearly $1 billion in debt, and assets of less than $50,000. Its subsidiary, American Media Operations Inc., listed assets of $100 to $500 million and debt of over $1 billion. It exited in December.
- The National Enquirer
- The Globe
- National Examiner
- Sun (ceased publication with the July 2, 2012 issue)
- Country Music (ceased publication in 2003)
- Country Weekly
- Muscle & Fitness
- Muscle & Fitness Hers
- Men's Fitness
- Natural Health
- Distribution Services, Inc.
- AMI Books
- Milliot, Jim (August 4, 2003). "American Media to Expand Book Program". Publishers Weekly 250 (31). Archived from the original on February 29, 2012.
- The Clintonite who owns National Enquirer Ben Smith, Politico, October 11, 2007
- "'National Enquirer' Publisher Files for Chapter 11". Bloomberg Businessweek. 17 November 2010.