THE NINE LIVES OF MAER ROSHAN: When The New York Post reported on Thursday that American Media’s David Pecker backed out of Maer Roshan’s Radar, many wondered whether it was curtains for the magazine — even if Michael Fuchs was signing on as a partner. But it may not be. According to sources familiar with the situation, the distribution end of the magazine is likely to be handled by Curtis Circulation Co., the publishing behemoth that handles Dennis Publications, Gruner + Jahr, and Hachette Filappacchi’s distribution. Roshan, meanwhile, has maintained in private that he dumped American Media after Pecker insisted on too high of an equity stake.

Regardless, he has his work cut out for him. A call to Curtis went unreturned and Radar is not commenting, but sources familiar with the terms of the financial agreement said that while Curtis will provide distribution, it will not invest in the magazine, as Pecker was doing. Instead, it will distribute the magazine for a cut of the newsstand price, which means Roshan still has the task of raising more money.

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