LOS ANGELES: Newsweek has made a number of hires and promotions in its arts and entertainment coverage, giving the section a new leader and an industry-insider reporter.
Jeff Giles has been promoted to senior editor of the arts and entertainment section. A senior editor with the magazine since 1997, Giles will now be filling a position left vacant by Sarah Pettit, who recently passed away after a battle with lymphoma.
Newsweek has also hired Sean Smith to cover the entertainment industry.
Smith was most recently the West Coast editor of Premiere magazine, where he covered Hollywood extensively both from a business and cultural perspective.
Smith will be based in Los Angeles. Premiere has not yet named a replacement.
Newsweek also promoted three staffers to the role of senior editor: David Gates for arts, entertainment, and culture; David Noonan for society; and David Kaplan for the enterprise section.