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31 May 2016

Independence Day Director Roland Emmerich to Become Empire Online’s First Guest Editor

Empire website has announced today its first guest editor – world renowned filmmaker Roland Emmerich who will guest edit from the 13th – 17th June. Emmerich is a hugely talented and respected filmmaker whose repertoire features some of the greatest blockbusters of all time including: Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow, Stargate and Universal Soldier.

Emmerich’s role as guest editor ties in with the release of the follow-up Independence Day film Independence Day: Resurgence which is out 23rd June in the UK.

Roland Emmerich commented:

“As a long-time friend of Empire and regular visitor to the website, I’m hugely excited about taking over the reins as Editor. If I ever get bored of filmmaking, it could be a second career!”

Editor-in-Chief (Digital) James Dyer says: “In a month where he revisits one of the most spectacular films of his career, it’s incredibly exciting that Roland Emmerich has agreed to guest edit Empire Online. We’re working closely with Roland to create a whole week of brilliant content that will not only explore his own films and major influences but also showcase a wealth of never-before-seen images from his personal archive.”

Editor-in-Chief of Empire Terri White says: “Empire has pulled off lots of exciting firsts in its 27-year history – Spielberg guest-editing the mag, producing a breathing cover and most recently creating six incredible 3D lenticular covers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens – and this is just another: our first ever guest edit of the website.  And who better to slide into the hot seat than the man behind the most exciting blockbuster of the summer.’

Previous guest editors of Empire magazine have included Lord of the Rings Director Peter Jackson who took the reins in November 2014 to celebrate the culmination of his Hobbit trilogy. Emmerich will guest edit Empire Online from 13th – 17th June. The magazine, which features Independence Day: Resurgence star Jeff Goldblum on the cover, is on sale 26th May.


About Empire:

Empire (m) – 144,653 (print + digital)

Empire dominates the film market, outselling its nearest competitor by over two to one. 2015 has seen the introduction of a new vision for the brand, expanding its breadth of content to cover every cinematic form from movies and TV to streaming and mobile. Connecting with three million fans across its multiple touchpoints, Empire continues to deliver compelling entertainment content and unique creative cover treatments with world-first reveals for films such as Spectre, Jurassic World, Terminator Genisys and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

About Independence Day: Resurgence

We always knew they were coming back.  After INDEPENDENCE DAY redefined the event movie genre, the next epic chapter delivers global catastrophe on an unimaginable scale.  Using recovered alien technology, the nations of Earth have collaborated on an immense defence program to protect the planet.  But nothing can prepare us for the aliens’ advanced and unprecedented force.  Only the ingenuity of a few brave men and women can bring our world back from the brink of extinction.

About Bauer Media:

Bauer Media UK reaches over 22 million UK consumers through a portfolio of world-class, multi-platform media and entertainment brands including heat, Kiss, Grazia, Empire, Magic and Absolute Radio. It creates and curates entertaining media content that audiences love whenever, wherever and however they want through a multi-channel strategy and a focus on product excellence and audience insight. The result is an exciting array of influential brands, content and talent which provide compelling and engaging advertising opportunities with valuable audiences for UK commercial partners. Bauer Media UK is part of the Bauer Media Group, one of the world’s largest privately owned media businesses with media assets all over the globe.


For more information please contact:

Effie Kanyua, Communications Director, Bauer Media (London Lifestyle Magazines)

Tel: 0207 208 3519

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