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Matt Bean Named Editor of Entertainment Weekly

Matt Bean Named Editor of Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly editorial director Jess Cagle has named Matt Bean the new editor of EW. Effective today, he will be responsible for editorial oversight of the publication’s print and digital properties under Cagle.

“Matt’s arrival is a testament to Time Inc.’s confidence in EW. He is a uniquely talented editor well-suited to this unique brand, and it will be a thrill to see where he and the extraordinary staff take EW in the years to come,” said Cagle.

Bean joins EW fresh off, where he served as Managing Editor since 2012. While there, he bolstered site traffic to record heights and launched several digital brands including the site’s new LongForm property, an immersive digital storytelling collection that draws on the deep narrative roots of Sports Illustrated.

“Jess has built Entertainment Weekly into an incredible brand over the past five years, and we’re going to continue the bold pursuit of big ideas across all platforms under my watch,” said Bean.

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Last year, I finally let my subscription to EW lapse after some 20-odd years. I missed the long-form articles and interviews they used to do so well. I was repelled by the constant emphasis these last few years on zombies and vampires. I used to care enough about contemporary pop culture to want at least a cursory knowledge of what was going on and EW was good for that. (And they printed a couple of my letters.) But once the pop culture landscape shifted largely to reality shows, vampires, zombies, meth dealers, YouTube singers and Kardashians, I lost interest. I did like Owen Gleiberman's and Lisa Schwarzbaum's movie reviews a lot, but Lisa left two or so years ago and Owen's reviews are not enough to keep me subscribing. (Sorry, Owen.) This new editor being written about here seems more of a web guy than a print guy, and quite a youngster to boot, so I'm not hopeful anything will change to get me to re-subscribe.

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