Maer Roshan, who has served as editor in chief of the Los Angeles Magazine for more than four years, has been ousted as new owners take over.
During his time as editor in chief, Roshan oversaw a major rebrand of the magazine and expanded its social media footprint.
An excerpt from the Hollywood Reporter reads:
Roshan’s exit comes directly on the heels of massive shifts on the business side. In December, Los Angeles was acquired by power lawyers and business leaders Mark Geragos and Ben Meiselas through their newly launched Engine Vision Media in a deal that also covered Pasadena and Orange Coast magazines. At the time, the pair said they planned to invest in the titles and “provide the resources needed to take them to the next level,” per Geragos.
The deal was welcomed as a shot in the arm by Los Angeles staff, which had been decimated in recent years amid challenges to the media industry.
Reached by phone Tuesday afternoon, Roshan called the decision “mystifying,” one he only learned about hours before. He believed the new owners to be “ecstatic,” buoyed by “the great editorial progress we’ve made in the more than four and a half years that I’ve been here.” Roshan helped broker the pact with Engine Vision after being tasked by Detroit-based Hour Media, the previous owners of Los Angeles, to help them find new owners.
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