Alexis Chiu named executive editor of In Touch Weekly
Englewood Cliffs, N.J. (May 2, 2012) – Bauer Publishing Group today announces that Dan Wakeford is named editor-in-chief of both In Touch Weekly and Life & Style Weekly. Wakeford, editor-in-chief of Life & Style for the past three-and-a-half years, will assume the position immediately.
Bauer Publishing Group also announces that Alexis Chiu is named executive editor of In Touch Weekly. Chiu, previously senior writer at People magazine, will oversee all In Touch’s celebrity news and entertainment coverage. Jared Shapiro remains executive editor of Life & Style; both Chiu and Shapiro will report to Wakeford.
“We are thrilled to announce Dan and Alexis’ new roles,” said Sebastian Raatz, executive vice president of Bauer Publishing. “Nobody knows In Touch and the celebrity-weekly category more than Dan. He’s an expert at knowing what magazine readers want. That, combined with his years of proven success in the world of celebrity news, makes him a perfect fit.”
“This is a huge honor,” said Wakeford. “I’m excited to take the helm at In Touch and begin implementing my vision for one of the most exciting entertainment brands in the world and continue the excellence we’ve achieved at Life & Style.”
While 2011 was a challenging newsstand marketplace for the celebrity category, under Dan Wakeford’s leadership, Life & Style was the only celebrity weekly magazine to grow its newsstand sales from the first half of 2011 to the second half of 2011, increasing single-copy sales by 13 percent. Moreover, Life & Style’s ad pages are up 8 percent through the first week of May 2012, compared to the same period last year. Life & Style and In Touch together accounted for 29 percent of the single-copy newsstand market, according to ABC figures for the second half of 2011.
Dan Wakeford has served as editor-in-chief of Life & Style, Bauer Publishing Group’s weekly celebrity style authority, for three-and-a-half years. During his tenure, he has solidified the title and successfully positioned it as a glamorous and friendly celebrity weekly magazine. With more than 16 years of experience in the celebrity-news business, Wakeford served as editor of In Touch before taking the helm at Life & Style.
About Bauer Publishing Bauer Publishing is the No. 1 seller of magazines on the newsstand, connecting with a nationwide audience of active, engaged newsstand consumers at every life stage — from tweens and teens (M, J-14, Twist, Quizfest, Astrogirl, Life Story) to young women (In Touch Weekly, Life & Style Weekly), and baby boomers and beyond (Woman’s World, FIRST, Soaps In Depth).