Los Angeles has named journalist Shirley Halperin editor-in-chief.
Halperin arrives from top Hollywood trade Variety, where she served as executive editor, music since 2017. Her hiring sends a clear message that Engine Vision Media, the magazine’s parent company, is committed to investing in top-tier talent and producing high-quality content, said Los Angeles president and publisher Chris Gialanella.
“We are thrilled to welcome Shirley to the team. Her experience in music, lifestyle, entertainment and overall knowledge of Los Angeles is impeccable. She will help lead our team to great heights,” Gialanella said.
In her new role, Halperin will focus on shaping the magazine’s vision for the future, with a particular emphasis on news and culture in Los Angeles, Gialanella added. She will lead efforts to celebrate the city’s diversity while keeping current events, politics and sports related to the area relevant. Additionally, he said, she will focus on entertainment, music, society, lifestyle, dining, home, real estate and fashion, keeping Los Angeles at the forefront as the city’s go-to source for all things L.A.
With more than two decades of experience covering pop culture and entertainment, Halperin has earned a reputation as a trailblazer in journalism and an award-winning editor and writer. Having held prominent positions at Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard and Entertainment Weekly, among other national titles, she is perfectly poised to lead Los Angeles editorial in print and online as it propels forward under new management, said Mark Geragos and Ben Meiselas, founders of Engine Vision Media.
“We are thrilled to have Shirley on board as our new editor-in-chief,” said Geragos and Meiselas. “Her extensive career in Hollywood and her track record of producing high-quality journalism make her the perfect fit for Los Angeles. We are confident that she will help us continue to deliver exceptional content and take the publication to new heights.”
Engine Vision Media’s recent acquisition of the publication has already led to the addition of 15 new positions in editorial, digital and sales, and Halperin’s appointment is a clear indication of the company’s commitment to delivering exceptional content, Geragos and Meiselas added.
“I am honored to join the Los Angeles team and continue the magazine’s legacy of top-notch features, striking covers, and of-the-moment dispatches about the food, fashion, entertainment and culture of L.A.,” said Halperin. “It is a privilege to continue the rich editorial leadership of Los Angeles, a legacy title which has always found the perfect words to describe the beauty and whimsy of this blended metropolis we call home.”
Halperin will join the magazine effective June 15.