Former Entertainment Weekly Exec Editor Coming to the LAT

revolvingdoorpic.jpg We reported earlier that Mary Kaye Schilling, former exec editor of Entertainment Weekly and current editor at Who magazine, will be joining the ranks of the (seemingly) expanding Calendar Weekend roster in February.

Here’s the internal memo the staff got this afternoon about the move:


We’re delighted to announce a key addition to the ranks of our senior
editors. Mary Kaye Schilling–former executive editor of Entertainment Weekly–will join us as editor of Calendar Weekend in February.

Her appointment comes after a long search, and we think her new
colleagues soon will agree that she’s the ideal person to lead next year’s relaunch of Weekend, along with its companion website,
calendarlive.com.

Mary Kaye will be coming to The Times from Australia, where she is
currently a top editor at Who magazine for Time Warner. She’s no
stranger to Los Angeles, though. Before she took the executive editor’s slot at EW, she spent 3 1/2 years as its L.A. bureau chief, overseeing a staff of 12. Back in New York, she assisted in every aspect of running the magazine and creating its content. As editor, she was known for developing innovative coverage, while finding time to write her own pieces, including a memorable cover story on Quentin Tarantino.

Mary Kaye, who graduated from City College of New York, is the former
editor of Sassy magazine and also has edited and written for YM and US. Over the course of her career, she has established herself as an
imaginative and visionary editor with a great knack for stories and
people, as well as a keen understanding of entertainment and popular
culture. A former colleague describes her as having a “terrific story
sense and sensibility” and especially notes her skills “at working with writers–championing careers, challenging them.”

For all these reasons, we know you’ll want to join us in welcoming Mary Kaye back to Los Angeles. We’re particularly pleased that she was
willing give up the life Down Under because she shares our enthusiasm
not only for Weekend and its vital role in our report, but also for the city of L.A.