Six months after taking over as editor of Us Weekly, James Heidenry — who also edited OK! and Star magazine — is out at American Media Inc., the company announced today.
Effective immediately, taking over editorial duties at Us Weekly will be managing editor Jennifer Peros, who returned to the brand in August after a two-year stint as senior news editor at Entertainment Tonight.
As for OK!, James Robertson, who joined AMI a year ago as the magazine’s associate editor and national correspondent before being promoted to executive editor, will succeed Heidenry as editor.
Both appointments were made by chief content officer Dylan Howard, who in addition to his current duties overseeing The National Enquirer, Radar Online, and Globe as well as AMI’s branded content studio, will now assume editorial oversight of Us Weekly and OK!.
Howard’s elevation is the latest in a string of promotions since he first joined AMI as editor of RadarOnline.com in 2013, including being named editor-in-chief of The National Enquirer the following year.
“Jennifer and James represent the best journalistic values and traditions that will carry Us Weekly and OK! into a bright future,” said Howard in a statement. “By leveraging the strengths, talents, and commitment of the staffs and the collaborative insights of our newly established editors we are positioned to continue to establish ourselves as one of the innovative and strategic leaders in the category.”
AMI had installed Heidenry as editor of Us Weekly shortly after acquiring the title from Wenner Media in April. He replaced Michael Steele, who had run the title at Wenner since 2009. Heidenry originally joined AMI in 2012 as editor of Star, following a long tenure at Maxim and a shorter stint as editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury’s Manhattan magazine.