Eric Pike Leaving MSL
I was a bit shocked yesterday to learn that Eric Pike, the current editor-in-chief of Martha Stewart Living, will be leaving the company after 22 years. Replacing him will be Elizabeth Graves, who is the current editor-in-chief of Martha Stewart Weddings. (Replacing her as editor-in-chief of Weddings will be Amy Conway, an editor and writer who has worked for both magazines for nearly 20 years.) These changes were announced along with news about a larger sweep of cuts to Martha's editorial team. Late last year it was announced that Meredith would absorb the editorial duties of Martha Stewart Living and Martha Stewart Weddings as part of a new ten-year pact, essentially giving them control over the decision making processes. According to several reports, Martha delivered the bad news about the cuts to her editorial team personally in a group meeting. A small group of writers and editors from Martha's original team will be moved to the offices at Meredith Corp. where they will oversee the content of the magazines and their respective websites. I am not sure who among Martha's team was let go, but we will likely find out in the coming days and weeks. I'd like to simply take this opportunity to thank Eric Pike for all his tremendous work over the last two decades at Martha Stewart Living. I do feel that the magazine is losing a part of its soul with his departure. We will see what the year ahead brings for the magazine and for Eric. I'm excited to see what he will do next!