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After two decades with Vogue, Entertainment Director Jill Demling is leaving the title to pursue outside opportunities, a spokesperson for the magazine confirmed to THR. Whether she remains at the Conde Nast glossy in a freelance capacity or as a contributor is still unknown.
In her role, Demling was the conduit between Vogue and Hollywood, with top agents, publicists and studio reps on speed dial. In the last 10 years, she booked talent for more than 100 covers, leading the magazine through the cultural shift of celebrities supplanting models on fashion covers and in luxury ad campaigns.
She cast George Clooney, Adele, Jennifer Aniston, Angelina Jolie and many more in Vogue timed to big studio film releases, Grammys nods and album drops, helping to create a new platform for Hollywood talent to ease into the fashion and beauty industries. Most recently, Demling booked Lady Gaga for the current October issue and Beyonce for the September issue.
“Jill has been an invaluable part of my Vogue team for the past twenty years, starting her career as my assistant and moving on to being a highly valued co-director of Conde Nast’s Talent Group. We will miss her enthusiasm, her extraordinary network of contacts and her amazing sixth sense of knowing exactly what makes a Vogue story,” said editor-in-chief and Conde Nast artistic director Anna Wintour.
Demling’s responsibilities at Vogue involved securing hosts and performers for the annual celebrity-packed Met Gala, including tapping Lady Gaga, Harry Styles and Serena Williams for the May 6, 2019, event, and securing talent for the magazine’s popular “73 Questions” video series that has featured Victoria Beckham, Chrissy Teigen, Selena Gomez and more.
Demling got her start at talent agency CAA as an assistant to Bryan Lourd and Kevin Huvane before moving to Vogue in June 1998.
The magazine vet’s move is just the latest shake-up at Vogue, which has been downsizing to adapt to the digital era, and moving many more seasoned editors to freelance positions. Grace Coddington, the magazine’s flame-haired creative director at large, moved from a staff position to freelance in 2016. In July, West Coast editor Lisa Love, a 28-year veteran, shifted to a role at CNX, Conde Nast’s in-house creative agency, while fashion director Tonne Goodman and executive fashion editor Phyllis Posnick became contributing editors. Vogue communications director Zara Rahim also left over the summer, landing at The Wing.
But so far, despite intense speculation, Wintour has remained in place, celebrating 30 years at the title this June. Seemingly to put rumors to rest, Conde Nast CEO Bob Sauerberg took to Twitter on July 31 to reaffirm that Wintour will continue on with the media giant “indefinitely.”
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