Will Keck Moves to TV Guide

celebfwatch-300-lg.jpgLongtime USA Today entertainment columnist Will Keck makes his move to TV Guide to become the senior editor of the mag’s Hollywood bureau.

Keck’s first assignment for the mag will be to cover the TCAs.

Press release follows:

Congrats, Will!

July 9, 2008 (New York, NY) — Will Keck joins TV Guide magazine on July 14 as a senior editor in its Hollywood bureau from USA Today, where he served as a celebrity reporter covering television and entertainment for the past five years. The announcement was made today by Debra Birnbaum, editor-in-chief, TV Guide magazine.

Mr. Keck will launch a weekly column in TV Guide magazine about the latest TV news, shows, and stars, as well as write features and news stories and report from the red carpet at all major entertainment events. In his first assignment at TV Guide, he will file news stories and features from the Television Critics Association press tour being held at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles from July 14-22.

“Will Keck has great relationships throughout Hollywood, a strong nose for news, and a passion for television,” said Ms. Birnbaum. “He will be a tremendous addition to TV Guide’s already strong team in LA, and will help continue to make TV Guide the country’s best TV entertainment magazine.”

Prior to joining TV Guide magazine’s staff, Mr. Keck served as a weekly on-air contributor on the TV Guide Network program Hollywood 411, where he reported and commented on the latest celebrity news. He has also written many entertainment stories for the Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly, Us Weekly, and People.

Mr. Keck began his career while still in school at Hobart College in Geneva, NY, as entertainment editor of the college newspaper, The Herald, where he also contributed movie reviews and a weekly comic strip. In 1990 he moved to California to attend USC Film School’s Filmic Writing Program, during which he held brief stints at CBS and NBC. He also worked in the production and writers’ offices of several Aaron Spelling Productions, including the Dynasty Reunion and Melrose Place.

The addition of Mr. Keck to TV Guide comes on the heels of a new look and attitude to the 20+ million weekly readers-strong magazine, resulting in several promotions of its top editors including Lisa Chambers as managing editor (formerly features director), Carol Dittbrenner as features director (formerly deputy features director), and Bruce Fretts as articles editor (formerly editor-at-large).