You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Rich Battista Appointed Executive VP of Time Inc.

Rich Battista has been appointed exec. VP of Time Inc., overseeing People and Entertainment Weekly, the company announced Monday.

Battista comes to the publishing world after 25 years on the other side of the entertainment industry, most recently as CEO of Mandalay Sports Media. He spent 18 of those years in various roles at News Corp., rising to become prexy of Fox’s national cable networks. Battista also spent time as CEO of Gemstar-TV Guide International.

In his new position, Battista hopes to use his entertainment background to catalyze the magazines’ multimedia growth. “People and EW are iconic brands; they’re powerful and influential brands,” Rich told Variety. “There are incredible opportunities, I believe, to extend these brands to other parts of media that I have experience with: television and digital video, or digital media in general.”

Between Battista’s experience with TV Guide magazine and his time at Fox and MSM, he feels poised to take the helm in a landscape where the lines between traditional publishing and digital media continue to blur. “Consumers love these brands,” Rich says. “As the world evolves, it’s important and incumbent upon us to make sure that we’re allowing people to consume them on every platform.”

His new role will have Battista reporting to Time Inc. chairman and CEO Joe Ripp at the company’s New York headquarters. Battista assumes the position on April 6.

More Biz

  • Alan Horn Bill Tanner

    Alan Horn to Keynote Variety Business Managers Elite Breakfast, Bill Tanner to Be Honored

    Bill Tanner will be recognized with Variety’s 2019 Business Managers Elite Award at the annual Business Managers Elite Breakfast presented by City National Bank, which takes place in Beverly Hills on Nov. 13. Co-chairman and chief creative officer of The Walt Disney Studios Alan Horn will be the keynote speaker in conversation with Variety editor-in-chief, [...]

  • Smoke haze covers the Sydney Harbour

    Australia's Seven West to Merge With Affiliate Prime Media

    Australia’s Seven West Media has agreed a deal to acquire regional broadcast group Prime Media. The move is a further step in the consolidation of Australia’s traditional media industry. The two companies announced on Friday that Seven will make the acquisition entirely through the issue of new shares to the owners of Prime. Both companies [...]

  • Ron Meyer

    Ron Meyer Files $10 Million Suit Over Forged Rothko

    NBCUniversal Vice Chairman Ron Meyer has filed a $10 million suit against two art dealers, claiming they sold him a forged Mark Rothko painting in 2001. Meyer accuses Susan Seidel and Jaime Frankfort of duping him into buying the work. According to the suit, he was told that it would be included in an official [...]

  • Former movie producer Harvey Weinstein (L)

    Harvey Weinstein Seeks to Call Expert on 'Recovered' Memories at Rape Trial

    Harvey Weinstein’s attorneys are seeking to call an expert on “recovered memories” at his trial on rape and sexual assault charges. The defense has filed a motion asking to call Deborah Davis, a psychologist and professor at the University of Nevada at Reno. Davis is a frequent defense witness. She co-authored an article in 2006 [...]

  • Tekashi 6ix9ine Docuseries Coming From Showtime

    Tekashi 6ix9ine Docuseries Coming From Showtime and Rolling Stone

    Showtime Documentary Films today announced a new limited docuseries profiling controversial rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine. Titled “SuperVillain” and inspired by the Rolling Stone feature written by Stephen Witt, the three-part series will trace how a New York City deli clerk named Daniel Hernandez became superstar rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine — who racked up 2.6 billion streams and [...]

  • Fader Label Logo

    Fader Label Signs Two New Acts, Boosts Staff

    The Fader Label, home to Clairo, Matt and Kim and others, announced two new signings today along with three new hires on its staff. Charlie Burg and Zachary Knowles have joined the label’s talent roster, while Carson Oberg has come aboard as general manager, Yasmine Panah as project manager and Josh Hymowitz as label coordinator. They [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content