For the Love of….Entertainment Weekly, September 30 in NYC

The Society of Publication Designers hosted an historic gathering of Entertainment Weekly design directors on September 30 at the SVA Theatre in New York City. All seven of the magazine’s design directors from its 25-year history were present and discussed the visual history of the groundbreaking weekly (I was design director of EW from 1994-96). A special video tribute was presented to remember former EW design director Amid Capeci, who passed away in 2012. The event was organized by SPD events chair James Reyman, and was moderated by People magazine editor (and former EW editor) Jess Cagle. A big batch of current and former Entertainment Weekly art and photo directors and editors were on hand, as well as longtime managing editor Jim Seymore.

Photographs by Will E. Davis

(Above, L-R): James Reyman, Jess Cagle, Michael Grossman, Robert Newman, John Korpics, Geraldine Hessler, Brian Anstey, Kory Kennedy, Tim Leong.

20140930_entertainment-weekly-designers_005Robert Newman (left) and founding Entertainment Weekly design director Michael Grossman.

Robert Newman.

20140930_entertainment-weekly-designers_125The panelists and audience at the SVA Theatre on W. 23rd Street in Manhattan.


Brian Anstey (with microphone).


Geraldine Hessler (center) shows off her six James Bond Entertainment Weekly covers.


Current Entertainment Weekly design director Tim Leong (center).


Tim Leong.


John Korpics.


Kory Kennedy.


Geraldine Hessler.


Michael Grossman, Robert Newman, John Korpics, Geraldine Hessler, Brian Anstey, Kory Kennedy, Jess Cagle