Playboy Announces New Editorial Appointments


BEVERLY HILLS, CA – March 29, 2017 – Playboy Enterprises announced today several new appointments to its editorial team. James Rickman has been appointed to the position of Executive Editor at Playboy magazine; Leila Brillson has been named Executive Editor of; and Chris Deacon has been named Creative Director, Playboy Enterprises. All three executives will report to Playboy’s Chief Creative Officer, Cooper Hefner.

Mr. Rickman comes to Playboy from PAPER magazine, where he served as managing editor and was part of the team behind the notorious “Break the Internet” issue. He joined Playboy in 2015, overseeing entertainment content both in print and online, as well as the Playboy Interview.

Ms. Brillson is a Chicago native who has spent the last decade at the forefront of New York digital lifestyle media, including consultancy positions at the Snapchat Discover channel Sweet and Hearst. She was also Vice President of Digital at NYLON and was Entertainment Director at Refinery 29. Ms. Brillson will oversee Playboy’s digital properties.

Chris Deacon is a veteran art director with more than 15 years of award-winning service on titles such as Time Out New York, Shortlist, Metropolitan, NME, Total Film, Loaded and InStyle. He was named Art Director of the Year by the British Society of Magazine Editors in 2013 and Designer of the Year at the Independent Publisher Awards in 2009. In his new role, Mr. Deacon will oversee creative across all of Playboy’s media platforms. He joined Playboy in 2015 and most recently served as Art Director.

All three executives will be based in Playboy’s Beverly Hills headquarters.

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