Ellie Duque, previously west coast ad director, named new publisher of Entertainment Weekly
Duque, who will remain based in Los Angeles, replaces Melissa Mattiace who has made the decision to step down as publisher
New York, NY – May 19, 2015 – Time Inc. Executive Vice President and President of PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly, Rich Battista, today named Ellie Duque publisher of Entertainment Weekly. Duque, who will remain based in Los Angeles, replaces Melissa Mattiace who has made the decision to step down as publisher.
As Publisher, Ms. Duque will be responsible for leading the development and execution of advertising sales and marketing initiatives on all platforms for the brand’s weekly magazine, growing website, and digital offerings. She will report to PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly Group Publisher, Karen Kovacs. Previously, Ms. Duque was west coast advertising director of PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly. She joined Time Inc. in 2003 and has been leading cross-brand sales efforts for PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly since 2007. She will continue working collaboratively with both brands to serve the company’s entertainment clients.
“Ellie is one of the best business leaders in the entertainment media industry. Having her based in Los Angeles as publisher will further cement our relationships with key entertainment partners and further elevate our overall presence in the Hollywood community,” said Mr. Battista. “She’s led PEOPLE to record success on all platforms and has contributed significantly to the company’s digital growth. I look forward to working with her and Karen to take EW to new heights,” Battista added.
“Leading EW has been an honor and I’ve loved every minute of it,” commented Melissa Mattiace. “I’ve grown both professionally and personally during my tenure here. And, it’s with an eye toward the personal that I’ll be leaving EW.”
“Melissa Mattiace has led EW with passion and dedication over the last two years. I can’t thank her enough for her many significant contributions including record-breaking digital growth across all platforms and the impressive team she has built enabling us to transition seamlessly,” said Karen Kovacs, PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly Group Publisher.
“I’m thrilled for the opportunity to work with the talented and passionate team at EW under Henry Goldblatt’s editorial leadership. EW is the pinnacle of entertainment news and critical insight, it’s the one-stop destination for anyone who wants to be plugged in to what’s buzzing in entertainment,” said Ms. Duque. “I look forward to enhancing EW’s leadership position as it continues to be a valuable partner to the advertising community and the entertainment industry,” she added.
In addition, Lana LoRusso has been promoted to vice president and associate publisher of sales for EW reporting to Ms. Duque. In her new position, Ms. LoRusso will take on an expanded role with a focus on identifying, developing and executing incremental revenue opportunities for the PEOPLE/EW entertainment group.