James Heidenry is the editorial director of Bauer Publishing’s Entertainment Group, which includes In Touch, Life & Style and Closer magazines and produces numerous special issues.
Prior to joining Bauer in November of 2017, James served as the editorial director at American Media Inc., where he oversaw UsWeekly, Star and OK! magazines. During his tenure at AMI his titles consistently outperformed the celebrity category on the newsstand year-over-year and he helped bring in major new advertisers. He was an integral part of the team that managed the purchase of UsWeekly from Wenner Media and James also lead the relaunch of StarMagazine.com.
James’ career in the media business started at Dennis Publishing, where he was a founding editor of Maxim. The title quickly became the largest and most celebrated men’s magazine in the United States and James served the last two of his 10 years at the company as Maxim’s editor. He then helped launch the upscale art, fashion and lifestyle magazine Manhattan, and served as its editor-in-chief for two years. Career highlights include stints at Time Inc., Rodale and TheKnot.com.