Matt Bean, managing editor of Sports Illustrated's website, has been named editor of Entertainment Weekly, where he will oversee print and digital operations, according to Jess Cagle, editorial director of Entertainment Weekly and People. He begins today and will report to Mr. Cagle.
Since joining Sports Illustrated in 2012, Mr. Bean has grown traffic to record heights, Mr. Cagle said in a statement issued Monday morning. He also introduced efforts such as the live daily talk show "SI Now" and a section on the site dedicated to long-form storytelling. Prior to joining Sports Illustrated, he spent eight years as an editor and digital executive at Rodale.
"Matt's arrival is a testament to Time Inc.'s confidence in EW," Mr. Cagle said in the statement. "He is a uniquely talented editor well-suited to this unique brand, and it will be a thrill to see where he and the extraordinary staff take EW in the years to come."
Mr. Bean will be hiring an editor of EW.com, Mr. Cagle said in a memo to staff.
Entertainment Weekly was one of the few magazines to record a gain in print ad pages last year, posting a 6% boost compared with 2012, according to the Media Industry Newsletter.
Its total paid and verified circulation remained mostly steady -- down less than 1% -- at about 1.7 million in the last six months of 2013, according to the Alliance for Audited Media.
The EW editor job came open last month when Mr. Cagle replaced Larry Hackett as the top editor at People, the largest title by revenue at parent company Time Inc. Mr. Cagle was also given the additional and newly created role of editorial director at EW.
Sports Illustrated will seek a successor for Mr. Bean. In the meantime, Paul Fichtenbaum, editor of Time Inc.'s sports group, and Ryan Hunt, SI.com's assistant managing editor, will handle the magazine's digital operations.
Last week, Time Inc. announced a restructuring and layoffs as it prepares to spin off from parent Time Warner and become its own company.