Harrison: "chippy northerner"
Emap’s award-winning editorial director Andrew Harrison is joining independent magazine venture Development Hell as associate editor.
He will join founders David Hepworth and Jerry Perkins, as well as Paul du Noyer, Keith Drummond and Q co-founder Mark Ellen, all of whom have held top jobs at Emap.
Harrison will be central to the company’s debut launch, believed to be a men’s monthly entertainment rival to Q and due out early next year.
Hepworth said: "We needed a chippy northerner on board. Andrew is a very bright guy and you can’t have too many bright people."
He said he was also taken by Harrison’s knowledge of books, film and digital media.
Harrison currently oversees Smash! Hits, Mixmag and Sneak and has a strong music background, having been acting editor of Q, editor of Select and music editor of Details in New York. He also edited Deluxe and contributed to Heat, Rolling Stone, The Face and Mojo.
Harrison said Emap’s reaction to his departure was "very gentlemanly". He told Press Gazette: "It was an opportunity I didn’t want to miss. Everyone at Development Hell has a strong music background and what we are working on is going to require a good spread of knowledge. It’s the kind of magazine I would want to read."
Hepworth said: "It has got to be a magazine in which people recognise themselves and not just a cold, dispassionate read. With his enviable collection of Aphex Twin CDs, intimate acquaintance with recent American fiction and irrational hatred of The Beatles, Andrew was a natural addition to the Project Satisfaction team. Hell awaits his arrival with great excitement."
By Ruth Addicott