Josh Schollmeyer is the Co-Founder and Editor in Chief of MEL magazine, which the New York Times has called “the rare men’s magazine that has taken upon itself to investigate masculinity, not enforce it. It gets double points for managing to pull off that project with style and charm, not self-seriousness.” Many others have said nice things about MEL, but this is still his favorite. On an individual level, MEL has been cited by everyone from The Rock to the biggest political luminary of our time — Stormy Daniels. It was also included in a recent episode of “The Simpsons.”
Previously, Schollmeyer dreamt up the popular Kinja site Playboy SFW, an effort to bring back the brand’s commitment to social-sexual values (but with a 21st-century sensibility), and the ebook series “50 Years of the Playboy Interview,” which involved the release of 50 Kindle Singles in 50 days and culminated in the publication of myriad compilations of the magazine’s iconic interview subjects. Similarly, he helped make The Chicagoan, a coffee-table-book-like magazine that doubled as a love letter to his hometown and that sold out in under a month.
He’s written a bunch of stuff, too, most notably, the best-selling ebook “Enemies, A Love Story,” about the bromance between dueling film critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert. The Atlantic included it as one of the “10 Best Oral Histories from 2012 You Haven’t Had Time to Read Yet” (admittedly, it was very long). He later served as a producer on the Steve James-directed Ebert documentary, Life Itself, which was short-listed for an Oscar and won an Emmy. His work has also been selected to appear in the Best American Writing Series, and his time as an editor at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists resulted in it winning a National Magazine Award for General Excellence (The NYT headline that time around: “4 Editors, an Art Director and a Shot at the Magazine Title”).
He was named to AdWeek’s Creative 100 in the media innovators category and included as a finalist for Digiday’s Publishing Exec of the Year. He resides in Los Angeles, which he pretends to hate for the sake of his deeply Midwestern family.