The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday announced the appointment of Maer Roshan to co-editor-in-chief, sharing the role with editorial director Nekesa Mumbi Moody.
This augmentation to leadership comes as the longstanding entertainment brand continues to evolve and expand its ever-growing business. Both Roshan and Moody report to Penske Media chief operating officer George Grobar and are based in Los Angeles. Maer will begin in his new role Sept. 25.
Roshan is an award-winning editor, writer and media entrepreneur with a long record of creating exceptional content. He joins the team from Los Angeles Magazine, where he served as editor in chief since 2019.
Roshan has served as a top editor for several premium brands, including New York Magazine, Interview, Talk and 429 and successfully launched and edited a series of trailblazing print and online publications including Radar, TheFix.com and Punch!
Roshan moved to Los Angeles to run Awesome Projects in 2012, an editorial and creative consultancy that served clients from Telepictures to Snapchat. Since 2016, he also served as editor of FourTwoNine, a California-based national men’s magazine and website that won the Los Angeles Press Club’s 2018 Southern California Journalism Award for its political and business coverage.
He notably served as deputy editor of New York for nearly seven years, overseeing the Intelligencer section, and was the founder and CEO of Radar, an irreverent and newsmaking pop-culture magazine that was hailed by The New York Times as Launch of the Year. Hired by Tina Brown as editorial director of Talk, Roshan oversaw double-digit circulation gains in his first year.
“Over the last few years, Nekesa has led this extraordinary team through a pandemic and raised the editorial bar with a renewed emphasis on investigative reporting and features,” said Jay Penske, chairman, founder and CEO of Penske Media. “Nekesa’s journalistic instincts coupled with Maer’s undeniable talent for storytelling and innovation make them a powerful duo. I look forward to watching them continue to build and evolve The Hollywood Reporter for the future.”
“In Maer, I have found a partner who shares my vision for THR,” said Moody. “We both value expert coverage and analysis of the entertainment business, in-depth profiles and investigative features, captivating style and fashion, and above all else, journalistic excellence. He knows what draws in the reader and keeps them coming back. I’m so excited to have him as my co-editor.”
Added Roshan: “I have long admired The Hollywood Reporter and am truly thrilled to join the team. I look forward to bringing my passion for storytelling and entrepreneurial mindset to this iconic brand working alongside Nekesa.”
Under Moody’s leadership, The Hollywood Reporter has risen to new heights in its coverage of the entertainment industry, which includes in-depth reporting, analysis and thought-provoking reviews; unparalleled access, world-class photography and video; and feature exclusives in its award-winning weekly magazine and dynamic website. THR was named best entertainment publication at the 15th annual National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards in December 2022 and won best website at the 65th annual SoCal Journalism Awards in June.
The Hollywood Reporter also produces prestigious live events, industry-leading philanthropic, empowerment, and diversity initiatives and hugely successful video series, including the Emmy-nominated Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter.