Stephen Pizzello, the longtime executive editor of American Cinematographer magazine, has been bumped up to dual duty, now serving as editor-in-chief and publisher of the monthly magazine. In addition to overseeing editorial coverage, Pizzello will now be in charge of circulation and advertising.
The board of the American Society of Cinematographers made the appointment, elevating Pizzello — a fixture at ASC events and its annual kudofest, for which he put together the clip package that opens to show up until recently — from a position he held for 19 years. Martha Winterhalter served as publisher for the last decade.
As part of the shuffle, Jon Witmer has been promoted from associate editor to managing editor, while Rachael Bosley went from senior editor to managing director of the ASC’s website (theasc.com) and social media channels. In addition, Andrew Fish was recruited to serve as associate editor, and Kelly Brinker was brought in as the magazine’s new photo editor.
Witmer previously fulfilled the role of associate editor, and Bosley was a senior editor. Fish is an independent blogger for The Huffington Post and a former staff editor at Venice magazine. Brinker is a photography instructor and former photojournalist.
According to the announcement, during Pizzello’s stint as executive editor, American Cinematographer earned six Folio: Editorial Excellence Awards (“Eddies”) and 10 Maggie Awards. As a writer, he has earned two Eddie Awards, a Maggie Award and six other Maggie nominations.
As part of the new initiatives, the 95-year-old, 340-member Society is moving forward to revive its publishing imprint, the ASC Press, with books on the recently departed Gordon Willis, the d.p. on the “Godfather” films, written by Pizzello; and Owen Roizman (“The French Connction,” “The Exorcist”), by Dave Williams, in the pipeline. The ASC Press now puts out a manual, which it updates about every two years, for its members and others interested in the nuts and bolts of the craft, and the ever-shifting technology that goes into it.
The magazine’s paid circulation is approximately 33,000, with 7,000 of those subscribers overseas.