Expensive Pals and Colleagues,
As we embark on 2018, I’d love to verbalize you of a few staffing changes at Leisure Weekly as we originate making inspiring for our relocation to L.A. throughout this tantalizing and annoying time for the galvanize.
Initially, I’m extraordinarily glad to hiss that BILL KEITH is being promoted to Deputy Editor super March 1. Bill joined EW as a rep-in editor in November 2013, and throughout his time proper right here, he has edited the film stories portion, coedited Knowledge & Notes, then transitioned to Senior Editor for movement photos aside from ascending to Portions Editor within the TV department. Previous to EW, Bill — a local of Hudson, Ohio, and graduate of Tulane College — turned into once a ghostwriter for Simon & Schuster and a freelancer for reasonably reasonably a couple of titles, along with GQ and Maxim. Bill has additionally served for the reason that deputy editor of Out mag and a senior editor of Massive and Stuff mags.
As EW starts its recent bankruptcy in L.A., there could be no such factor as a yet another implausible for the process as Deputy Editor — he approaches his paintings with a spirit and creativity which is at chance of be unrivaled. Bill has a certified popularity within the trade and is respected through publicists, talent, colleagues, and fellow Harm, She Wrote fan-club contributors alike. On this process, Bill would possibly neatly in all probability be the executive of employees of the galvanize, operating meetings and operations after I’m away. He’ll continue to supervise maximum of our TV protection, trudge all our virtual and print Oscar protection, and be answerable for myriad particular duties and galvanize extensions.
It’s no secret that Bill might be filling the very immense footwear dilapidated through the extraordinarily gifted MEETA AGRAWAL, who has served as Deputy Editor since 2015 and has made up our minds to stick in NYC to pursue recent alternatives. The caliber of EW’s TV protection — for sure, all of Leisure Weekly’s protection — is a testament to Meeta’s broad-ranging connections and inner most passions. She has formed EW’s cutting edge, commerce-main TV protection every and every in print and digitally, spearheaded EW’s forays into are living occasions, and controlled the group of workers in mainly essentially the most shape and salubrious method most probably. I’m so thankful for her creativity and the astronomical momentum she leaves us with. Please be part of me in thanking Meeta for her enormous contribution to EW throughout her decade proper right here and wishing her and her circle of relatives mainly the most productive of good fortune.
Additionally stepping right into a emblem recent characteristic is TIM LEONG, who might be transitioning from Creative Director to Government Editor of Leisure Weekly super instantly. In his recent talent, Tim will oversee superhero, Megastar Wars, Megastar Hump, and Comedian-Con protection right kind through all platforms and mediums. Which method Tim is no longer going to best be guiding the film protection of those subjects, then again will oversee how we record on and write concerning the CW and Netflix/Wonder suites of superhero presentations. (Oh, and Supernatural, too, thinking about he’s for sure considered one of mainly essentially the most prepared enthusiasts on employees.) Tim, a graduate of the College of Missouri Faculty of Journalism, is the acclaimed creator of Massive Graphic (2013) and Megastar Wars Massive Graphic (2017). In some ways, Tim has already been performing as an Government Editor, operating carefully with me on newsstand/person promoting method additionally to ingenious development with the PEOPLE TV group, so I’m extraordinarily glad so that you can lift him. We are very lucky to endure a deep bench in our shape department, with Keir Novesky persevering along with his very implausible, commerce-main paintings as EW’s Salvage Director.
I’d additionally love to welcome five recent staffers, all of whom might be figuring out of our recent L.A. house:
KATIE HASTY might be part of the EW circle of relatives on Jan. 17 as Senior Editor, Movies. On this variety, Katie will edit our film stories portion, trudge our film information protection right kind through all platforms, and be fervent with video development. Katie turned into once previously deputy leisure editor at BuzzFeed, the identify she comanaged an 18-individual information group of journalists, critics, and video manufacturers; assigning, enhancing, and optimizing sides, investigations, breaking information, video, and social media from employees and freelancers. She specifically excels at serving to journalists and critics discover their virtual give an explanation for and make larger their footprints. An area of Kansas, Katie went to Northwestern College and has made stops alongside the method at Billboard and HitFix, among others. She and her husband endure mainly essentially the most prepared meet-cute story ever: They attached as journalists at the hole of The Trade-Up — you understand, that film the identify Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman pee in a fountain and change our bodies.
PATRICK GOMEZ has joined EW as Senior Editor, TV super Tuesday, Jan. 2. I turned into once lucky enough to paintings with Patrick throughout my stint at PEOPLE and turned into once inspired through his fervent editorial judgment, creativity, and ridiculous sourcing. An area of Houston, Patrick graduated from USC faster than piquant to PEOPLE, the identify he fast rose to turn into for sure one of the galvanize’s maximum prolific senior writers, protecting stories identical to Thomas Gibson’s mea culpa go out from Jail Minds, putting with Shonda Rhimes after her “12 months of sure,” breaking season upon season of Dancing With the Stars exclusives, and maximum in recent years wrangling PEOPLE’s TV previews. Patrick will most definitely be already an acclaimed EW author, having been published on our mail web page in September 2002 protecting the Broadway manufacturing of Hairspray. Along with his TV style, Patrick will fit truthful in proper right here, with favorites that include The Walking Useless, Survivor, and The West Skim.
I’m extraordinarily glad to hiss that CLARISSA CRUZ is returning to EW as Senior Editor, Books on Feb. 1. This marks a homecoming for Clarissa, who began her occupation as Tina Jordan’s editorial assistant in EW’s books department. Since then, she has had a meteoric upward push through the trade, operating as a employees author at EW, the style editor at PEOPLE, and charm sides editor at O, The Oprah Mag. Given this background, Clarissa would possibly neatly even be overseeing our style protection. A graduate of Boston Faculty with a grasp’s from Columbia Journalism Faculty, Clarissa is married to a VFX artist, that means “I search for each Wonder providing whether or not I need to or no longer,” and has a 2-year-light son, that means “I search for each Elmo providing whether or not I need to or no longer.” Clarissa is a talented mag packager, an especially cast journalist, and a mainly shape supervisor. I’m excited to endure her again within the fold.
SEIJA RANKIN joins EW as Virtual Portions Editor on Jan. 24. For the previous 3 years, Seija (pronounced “Negate-yah”) has served as sides editor at E! Knowledge, the identify she turned into once in charge for most of the community’s harmful-platform tasks and spearheaded feature information making plans, awards-expose protection, and movie star profiles. Previous to E!, Seija turned into once leisure editor at Refinery29 and had stints at W and InStyle. At EW, Seija might be answerable for all film and books virtual sides, operating carefully in conjunction with her co-Virtual Portions Editor, Marc Snetiker, who will continue to supervise TV and track virtual sides and will have to quiet decide over enhancing tasks of The Will have to Listing beginning up within the Feb. 16 situation. Seija says her particular experience include being in an area to recite any Pals scene on put a query to and “creating a taco dip that may make even mainly essentially the most pessimistic particular person think about in excitement once more.” Spot permitted!!!
CAROLYN CUTRONE might be becoming a member of EW as Editorial Supervisor; she might be splitting her time between EW and PEOPLE for the following 8 weeks faster than piquant to L.A. with EW in March. I endure in ideas this process to be the central worried system of a galvanize, so I decided on very rigorously after I faced the herculean undertaking of changing Andrea Adams. Carolyn embodies mainly the most productive qualities for this option: She’s thrilled, shape, and affected individual, then again is aware of crack the whip when wanted. An area of Queens, Carolyn went to Ithaca Faculty and has worked at Inc. as a reporter and assistant managing editor faster than her time at PEOPLE as stammer subject material coordinator. She is remarkable and I glimpse ahead to all of you getting to understand her.