Jay Levin

Founder, Former CEO & Editor-in-Chief; LA Weekly

Jay Levin is best known as the founder of the LA Weekly, of which he was editor-in-chief and president for many years before selling what he had grown to be the largest and most successful city weekly in the country. In 1985, the LA Weekly launched a glossy magazine, L.A. Style, which Davidow edited. L.A. Style was sold to American Express Publishing in 1988 and merged with BUZZ magazine in 1993y 1990, the LA Weekly achieved a circulation of 165,000, making it the largest urban weekly in the U.S.

Levin stepped down as president of the LA Weekly in 1992 in order to found a progressive cable TV network. The newspaper was sold to Stern Publishing, owner of the Village Voice, in 1994; in October 2005, it was sold to the Phoenix, Arizona-based Village Voice Media. In September 2012, it was transferred to the Denver-based Voice Media Group in a management buyout.

Levin founded the start-up progressive channel, Planet Central TV, and later a website and magazine called Real Talk L.A.

For the last 20 years Levin has split his time between starting, growing or turning around media properties such as TheFix.com; and on life coaching focused on teaching life mastery and helping people reorient their lives, careers and relationships without spending years in therapy. Most recently he has been working with 15 to 20 CEOs on becoming socially conscious and effective managers while helping them elevate the bottom-line performance of their businesses and grow their companies.

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