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04.18.2014
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Jann Wenner certainly likes to cut things close - today is the last working day of Us Weekly editor in chief Janice Min's contract.

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DOWN TO THE WIRE: Jann Wenner certainly likes to cut things close — today is the last working day of Us Weekly editor in chief Janice Min's contract. As of Thursday night, Min and Wenner Media had not yet reached an agreement, although negotiations continue. Sources close to both Min and Wenner believe the editor will renew her deal with the company. Besides reports in the New York Post quoting Min saying it is "highly unlikely" she would walk away, the editor has been an active participant in the magazine (for example, actively declaring a ban on covering Paris Hilton's release from jail in this week's issue). Her last contract earned her a $1.2 million-a-year salary for two years, but the Post said a new offer worth more than the previous payout is on the table (comparatively, Bonnie Fuller, Min's predecessor at Us, earns $1.5 million as American Media Inc.'s editorial director). Meanwhile, Wenner was in the office this week as he prepped for his eldest son's wedding. — Stephanie D. Smith

3-D DETAILS: Steven Klein will be shooting all of Details' upcoming covers, though don't expect a major shake-up of the current visual formula. "Given the competitive landscape of magazines, they need to be commercial in order to sell," said Details editor in chief Dan Peres. "Steven brings real three-dimensional quality to a cover shot and makes it beautiful, but the real aesthetic will come with the images inside the magazine. I wouldn't imagine you're going to see a thematic change in what our covers are like."

WWD reported in February that the magazine ended its relationship with longtime photographer Tom Munro.

This marks a return for Klein, who shot for Details in the early days of its relaunch. "I didn't understand how to run a magazine at the time, and creatively there were other people involved," said Peres on why that relationship ended. "It took a while for me to understand what I wanted to do creatively and have control to do that." He said the move would not mark a return to the more pointed gay themes of that era. "I think there is an erotic — not a homoerotic — nature to Steven's photographs, whether he's shooting women or men," he said. "I agree [with some critics], I think some of those early images probably went a little too far. Over the course of this past year, we've had the chance to talk about this, and we're on the same page."
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