Entertainment Weekly Going Monthly

Courtesy of Meredith
JD Heyman

The frequency change takes effect in August.

Entertainment Weekly will no longer be a weekly magazine starting in August, when it starts publishing monthly as part of a larger "reimagining" of the brand.

The July 5 issue will be the last weekly offering.

J.D. Heyman, who has served as deputy editor, will take on the top editorial job as part of the transition, parent company Meredith announced Thursday. 

"I want to thank Henry Goldblatt, who is stepping down as EW's editorial leader after a distinguished 17-year tenure, and I wish him the best in his next chapter," said Meredith Entertainment Group's president, Bruce Gersh.

As part of the change, the brand will also double down on digital, social, video and experiential platforms, the company said.

The magazine was a part of the $2.8 billion sale of Time Inc. to Meredith in 2017. Since that time Meredith has sold Time, Fortune and Sports Illustrated but has kept People and Entertainment Weekly in its stable of lifestyle publications.

In April, Entertainment Weekly reached 18.9 million unique monthly visitors, per analytics firm Comscore. 

"With the transition to a new monthly frequency, readers can expect more of what they love: more access, more memorable features, more in-depth conversation about Hollywood and its brightest talent," Heyman said in a prepared statement.