Berman ankles George to top Hachette Prods.

After months of speculation, Hachette Filipacchi Magazines announced that Michael Berman has ankled his post as president of George magazine — the political magazine he co-founded in 1995 with John F. Kennedy Jr. — and has been named president of Hachette Filipacchi Prods.

In his new role, Berman will oversee the division of HFM that develops feature, TV and video programming. In 1995 Miramax distributed the documentary “Unzipped,” the first film produced by the magazine publisher.

Rumors have swirled for a couple months that Berman may leave the mag, with many wags pointing out that the relationship between the two founders had grown strained. As part of his departure from George, Berman has sold back his ownership interest in the magazine. Kennedy remains editor-in-chief of George, in an equal partnership with HFM.

“Michael’s tenacity and vision were critical to George becoming a reality and his business and marketing skills helped build the magazine to its current level of success,” said Hachette prexy and CEO David Pecker in a statement. “Hachette Filipacchi Prods. is an important step in ensuring HFM’s dominance as a full-service multimedia company. We are looking forward to Michael bringing his talents and creativity to this important new area.”

The production division is expected to expand its operations and will maintain offices in New York and Los Angeles.

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