NEW YORK — The battle between David Pecker’s American Media and Wenner Media escalated this week.

While the two companies have been in ferocious competition since AMI poached Us Weekly’s editor in chief Bonnie Fuller for a senior level editorial role, Pecker’s Distribution Services has continued to provide the newsstand distribution for all of Wenner’s titles.

On Tuesday, Wenner broke off the relationship to go with Comag, the distribution company that is a partnership between Advance Publications, owner of WWD, and the Hearst Corp. The move will not have dire financial consequences, since DSI’s cut of Wenner’s newsstand is believed to be around 2 to 3 percent, giving it revenues of only around $2 million a year. Wenner sources claimed they were looking for more pockets at newsstand and were having trouble getting them from Pecker. Pecker said Wenner’s claim was bogus and their contract runs until the beginning of March, with no provision allowing Wenner to leave immediately.

“This is not coming from a performance standpoint,” Pecker said of the move in a phone interview. “This is personal.”

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