Matthew Doyle Appointed Photo Director for Playboy Magazine

Jan 05, 2010, 10:59 ET from Playboy Enterprises, Inc.

CHICAGO, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Playboy Enterprises, Inc. (PEI) (NYSE: PLA, PLAA) today announced that it named Matthew Doyle Playboy's photo director. Doyle will be responsible for the acquisition of photography for Playboy magazine as well as oversight for acquisition and quality judgment on all still photography for the corporation. His position reports to Playboy founder, Editor-in-Chief and Chief Creative Officer Hugh M. Hefner and Playboy magazine's Art Director Rob Wilson. He will be based at the company's headquarters in Chicago.

"In our increasingly visual world, Matt understands the significance of exceptional photography and imagery for print media," said Wilson. "His experience with still life, advertising, celebrity, and documentary photography has developed his keen eye for compelling images."

Doyle, 37, joins Playboy from Complex magazine, which he helped launch in 2001 and where he was photo director and chief photographer. Prior to that, Doyle was engaged in freelance photography. He has worked creatively with many of the hottest stars of music, film, and fashion, and his photography has been featured in national magazines and advertising campaigns. He has over ten years of experience as a professional photographer.

"The pages of Playboy bring a modern visual style to readers that expect the highest quality images and editorial content," said Jimmy Jellinek, editorial director of Playboy magazine and and chief content officer for PEI. "Matt's ardent sense of composition and style will complement Playboy's aesthetic."

"As a photographer and photo director, I have long admired the visual quality of Playboy," said Doyle. "Under Hef's guidance and with the creativity of Rob and Jimmy, Playboy has extraordinary visual appeal. I've been given a unique and wonderful opportunity to work with them and Playboy's creative team to continue a long tradition of excellence."

Doyle is a graduate of Bernard Baruch College with a degree in journalism.

Playboy is one of the most recognized and popular consumer brands in the world. Playboy Enterprises, Inc. is a media and lifestyle company that markets the brand through a wide range of media properties and licensing initiatives. The company publishes Playboy magazine in the United States and abroad and creates content for distribution via television networks, websites, mobile platforms and radio. Through licensing agreements, the Playboy brand appears on a wide range of consumer products in more than 150 countries as well as retail stores and entertainment venues.

SOURCE Playboy Enterprises, Inc.