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WGA names Stayton editor of Written By

Scribe served as theater critic for LA Herald Examiner

Richard Stayton, former theater critic for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, is the new editor of Written By, the monthly magazine of the Writers Guild of America West.

Stayton, who is also a playwright, replaces Lisa Chambers, now a senior editor at TV Guide.

“My ambition is to protect and celebrate the work of the writer as the prime creator of film and television while taking the magazine to another level, the level where Written By becomes the writer’s indispensable tool, road map, source and — if need be — weapon,” Stayton said. “Roll it up and swing for the fences.”

Stayton was previously the executive editor of Westways magazine, published by the American Automobile Assn. He has written for the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, L.A. Weekly, Harper’s Bazaar, Interview and Variety.

His play “After the First Death” won the Goshen Peace Prize and was produced in various U.S. theaters as well as in England, Sweden, France, Germany and Canada. It was broadcast by the BBC in London after Harold Pinter brought it to the network’s attention.

“Richard offers us the potential to build on our achievements and to create an even more vital link between the magazine and the writing community,” said Charles Slocum, publisher of Written By. “Richard’s breadth of editorial experience and intuitive understanding of writers made him the perfect choice for us.”

Stayton is married to Los Angeles Times writer Mary McNamara. They have a one-year-old son and live in Glendale.