Playboy Magazine Cuts Frequency to 6 Issues a Year

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Playboy magazine, which brought back nudity to its U.S. edition this month, has trimmed the frequency of its issues.

While the magazine has appeared monthly for most of its 64-year history, now it will offer a print version only six times a year, according to a report in the New York Post.

Circulation of the magazine currently is at 673,000. In its heyday, the magazine sold 5 million copies a month. Its best-selling edition was in November 1972 when it sold 7.2 million copies.

In other company news, Playboy, based in Beverly Hills, Calif., has announced three new appointments to its editorial team, including:

  • James Rickman, who has been appointed as executive editor at Playboy. Rickman joined Playboy in 2015 from Paper, where he served as managing editor.
  • Leila Brillson has been tapped as executive editor of She most recently worked as a consultant for Hearst’s Snapchat Discover channels and had various slots at Nylon and Refinery 29.
  • Chris Deacon, who was named creative director of Playboy Enterprises. Deacon had been art director at a number of titles, including Time Out New York, Shortlist, Metropolitan, NME, Total Film, Loaded and InStyle. Deacon joined Playboy in 2015 and most recently served as art director.


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