Pop-Up Magazine Productions


Why nights and weekends? Because these times are important to us, and they’re probably important to you. We’re not at work, looking for 30 seconds of distraction. We’re less likely to be trying and failing to do five things at once. We’re at home, or we’re out with our friends and families. We’re giving our attention, and we’re remembering. At Pop-Up Magazine Productions, we work hard to make things that are worthy of your best time.

Acquired by Emerson Collective in 2018, Pop-Up Magazine Productions operates as an independent subsidiary.

Pop-Up Magazine

This is where our story began. A small group of us decided to create a “live magazine.” Writers, radio producers, photographers, filmmakers, and illustrators would perform new, mostly reported stories in all kinds of media mixed together. Stories about science, politics, pop culture, sports, social issues, music, business, art, crime, technology, food, and more. The night would unfold like a classic general-interest magazine, and end with the cast and the audience mingling at the lobby bar. Nothing would be recorded. To see it, you had to be there.

It was a hobby at first, but it grew. We held the first show in a small theater in San Francisco. Soon, we moved to a 2,700-seat symphony hall, and tickets sold out in minutes. Today, we produce shows in more than a dozen cities, at grand, historic theaters like Lincoln Center and BAM Howard Gilman Opera House in New York, the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, and Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. We work with Oscar-winning filmmakers, New York Times bestselling authors, popular radio and podcast voices, and artists whose work appears in major international museums and magazines, as well as emerging talent. Their stories are vivid, multimedia experiences, accompanied by illustration, animation, photography, even shadow theater, and often an original score, performed onstage by our musical collaborators Magik*Magik Orchestra. We still end the night gathered around the bar. Our audiences are as interesting as the performers onstage, and we love to bring everyone together.

Join our mailing list for the latest news and ticket information. If you’re interested in contributing to Pop-Up Magazine, learn more here.

The California Sunday Magazine

Pop-Up Magazine started in California. We’re endlessly fascinated and inspired by this place—and by our view of the country and the world from here. In October 2014, we launched The California Sunday Magazine, for weekends. We produce ambitious features and cinematic photography from across California, the West, Asia, and Latin America, for a national audience. We also make a beautifully designed print edition, which we distribute with select Sunday copies of the Los Angeles Times and San Francisco Chronicle. You can also subscribe and receive our print edition in the mail.

California Sunday earned immediate national acclaim. It has already been named a finalist for thirteen National Magazine Awards, including for Feature Writing, Reporting, Photography, Design, General Excellence, and Magazine of the Year, and won three. California Sunday is the first title in 25 years to win the National Magazine Award for Photography in consecutive years. In 2018 and 2019, the Society of Publication Designers named California Sunday the Magazine of the Year. Our stories are frequently recommended by Longform, Longreads, The New York Times, and others, and our writers appear often on local and national public radio. A number of stories have been optioned for television or film.

Learn more at californiasunday.com or join our mailing list to get the best of California Sunday in your inbox.


We launched our Brand Studio in October 2014, alongside Pop-Up Magazine’s national expansion and the launch of California Sunday. Our creative business team works with brands to tell their stories through magazine-style features, films, and live experiences. Whether it’s producing animated shorts for Google Play (featuring Rashida Jones, Jack Black, and Reggie Watts), a California travel series for Lexus, a series of artful city guides for Coach, or a musical bedtime story for Squarespace narrated live onstage by Jeff Bridges, our Brand Studio producers deploy the tools of journalism, storytelling, and design to create smart, stylish campaigns. 

Interested in advertising and sponsorship opportunities with Pop-Up Magazine and The California Sunday Magazine? For general information about both publications and their audiences, please see our media kit. For branded storytelling programs, rates, and other questions, please email ads@californiasunday.com and we’ll get back to you right away.


We’re constantly trying new things. Pop-Up Magazine has collaborated on a live music-and-stories show with multi-platinum recording artist Beck and indie publisher McSweeney’s, and on a sports show with ESPN. We opened a restaurant in Oakland for one night, in collaboration with chef and bestselling author Samin Nosrat, and turned it into a magazine, featuring films, radio storytelling, photo essays, and reporting in some unlikely formats (the water glasses, napkins, and placemats told stories of their own). We guest edited a session for the main stage of the 2015 TED Conference. We launched a miniseries, Phone Stories, that, every other weekend, released a phone number with special instructions—for instance, call when you’re in the dark—to hear a new story, told over the phone, for just that moment. In 2016, Pop-Up Magazine and California Sunday teamed up with music festival producers Noise Pop to create The Golden State Record, an outdoor show at the 7,500-capacity Greek Theatre in Berkeley, California, featuring musical performances and multimedia stories exploring sounds of the West, from music and pop culture to nature, science, and politics—alongside a special Sound issue of California Sunday. In 2018, Pop-Up Magazine teamed up with National Geographic and the Seattle Symphony for a one-night-only live storytelling event at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. We also brought mini-collections of Pop-Up Magazine stories to private events hosted by Hermes and Waze, and at Cannes Lions. And we’re developing a pilot Pop-Up Magazine spinoff, a DIY version of Pop-Up Magazine that will invite journalists and other creative people across the country, in communities big and small, to produce their own live magazine–style events.

Plus, we create a special—and especially ambitious—themed issue of California Sunday every year, including, in December 2018, an all-photography issue exploring the idea of “home.” Each story is accompanied by audio footnotes featuring voices from the subjects in the issue, creating a multilayered storytelling experience. Our award-winning photography team will also bring that issue to life as an exhibition at Aperture Foundation in New York.

We’re just getting started. There’s lots more to come.

Work with Us

You can find our current staff job openings here.

Interested in writing for California Sunday? Send a note to writers@californiasunday.com to receive the magazine’s contributor guide, as well as very occasional emails that will let you know if we’re developing a special issue or looking for stories on a particular theme.

Interested in joining us onstage at a Pop-Up Magazine show? Learn more here.


Please contact Victoria Chow at victoria@popupmagazine.com for media inquiries about Pop-Up Magazine Productions, including setting up interviews with California Sunday contributors or requesting press passes for Pop-Up Magazine.


Anita Badejo is the Executive Editor of Pop-Up Magazine. Previously, she was the Associate Features Editor at BuzzFeed News, where she conducted an investigation into the mishandling of sexual-assault reports at two historically black colleges that has led to ongoing policy changes at both institutions. Her writing has been featured on Longform and The Atlantic’s annual list of best journalism. Email Anita

Jacqueline Bates is the Photography Director of The California Sunday Magazine, which won the National Magazine Awards for Excellence in Photography two years in a row, in 2016 and 2017, and Pop-Up Magazine. Previously, she was the Senior Photo Editor of W Magazine and worked in the photo departments of ELLE, Interview, and Wired. Bates holds an MFA in photography from the School of Visual Arts, and her work has been exhibited internationally. Email Jackie

Cameron Bird is the Research Editor of The California Sunday Magazine. He previously worked on the research desk at Wired, where in addition to fact-checking features, he wrote stories and edited the letters section and back page of the magazine. Prior to Wired, he covered culture and economic issues for the Orange County Register. His writing has also appeared in Newsweek, San Francisco magazine, and Paste, and he’s overseen intensive research projects for online publications, including Medium and Mosaic. Email Cameron

Thomas Bollier is the Production Manager of The California Sunday Magazine. Previously, he was the Production Manager at Aperture Foundation, where he oversaw the printing of dozens of fine-art photography books, as well as Aperture magazine. Email Thomas

Dave Cerf is the Technical Director of Pop-Up Magazine. He has collaborated with Sam Green as a composer for his Academy Award-nominated film The Weather Underground and as co-Director on the live documentary Utopia in Four Movements. He assisted editor Walter Murch on Philip Kaufman’s HBO film Hemingway and Gellhorn and Brad Bird’s Disney film Tomorrowland. At Apple, Inc., he was a Lead Designer for the video-editing software Final Cut Pro X. He also helps to maintain the video archive at the Dalai Lama’s monastery in Dharamsala, India. Email Dave

Chida Chaemchaeng is the Event Manager of Pop-Up Magazine Productions. Previously, she was the Marketing Event Manager for tech and gaming companies, including Pokémon, Amazon, Yahoo, and Unity Technologies, spearheading developer conferences, trade shows, and launch events. Prior to her work in tech, she was the Fellowship Director at Emerging Arts Professionals/SFBA and Director of Communication and Community Relations at Intersection for the Arts. Email Chida

Marin Cogan is a Senior Producer at Pop-Up Magazine. Previously, she has worked as a writer for New York magazine, GQ, ESPN The Magazine, The New Republic, and more. She is co-Director of the Princeton Summer Journalism Program, a summer camp and college-mentoring program for low-income high school students. Email Marin

Elise Craig is the Managing Editor of Pop-Up Magazine. Previously, she served as Managing Editor at San Francisco and Assistant Research Editor at Wired. Her writing has appeared in Marie Claire, The New York Times Magazine, The California Sunday Magazine, and The New York Times for Kids. Email Elise

Aaron Edwards is a Senior Producer at Pop-Up Magazine. Previously, he was a Founding Editor of The Outline. He’s worked between product and editorial at BuzzFeed News and NBC News and has written for The New York Times and The Associated Press. Email Aaron

Chas Edwards is the co-Founder and President of Pop-Up Magazine Productions and Publisher of The California Sunday Magazine and Pop-Up Magazine. He was co-Founder at Federated Media, where he served as Publisher and Chief Revenue Officer. As CRO at Digg, he helped launch the first native ad product for social news feeds. Email Chas

Derek Fagerstrom is the Executive Producer of Special Projects and a Founding Creative Director of Pop-Up Magazine. Email Derek

Kim Gooden is the Managing Editor and Copy Chief of The California Sunday Magazine. She was previously a freelance book editor, the Copy Editor of Radio Silence and the Washington City Paper, and a reader for Spanish publisher Grupo Planeta. Email Kim

Kylie Hamilton-Hill is the Eastern Director of Partnerships for Pop-Up Magazine Productions, responsible for the Eastern and Southeastern regions. She has an extensive background working with brands in traditional media formats as well as marketing technology, previously working as a Director at Bonnier Corporation and Social Media Link. Email Kylie.

Haley Howle is a Senior Producer at Pop-Up Magazine. Previously, she worked as Director of KUT Austin’s statewide news show Texas Standard. She also worked to launch the Austin Music Map and the annual MAPJAM festival and was a Producer for the award-winning music journalism program Texas Music Matters. Email Haley

Roseli Ilano is the Director of Community Engagement and Partnerships for Pop-Up Magazine Productions. Previously, she was the National Community Engagement Manager at The Independent Television Service (ITVS), where she spearheaded outreach campaigns for award-winning documentary films and media. She brings more than a decade of experience as a community organizer and educator. Email Roseli

Annie Jen is an Art Director of The California Sunday Magazine and Pop-Up Magazine. Previously, she was a Senior Designer at Wired, Designer at The New Republic, and freelancer at Rodrigo Corral Studio. Her work has been recognized by the Society of Publication Designers and the Type Directors’ Club. Email Annie

Leo Jung is the Creative Director of The California Sunday Magazine, which won the National Magazine Awards for Excellence in Design in 2017 and Excellence in Photography in 2016 and 2017, and Pop-Up Magazine. He is the former Design Director at Wired and Deputy Art Director at The New York Times Magazine. His work has been recognized by the Art Directors Club, Type Directors Club, and the Society of Publication Designers. Email Leo

Charley Locke is a Story Producer at Pop-Up Magazine. Previously, she wrote and edited culture stories at Texas Monthly and covered podcasts and digital storytelling at Wired. Her writing has also appeared in The New York Times, New York magazine, Lucky Peach, and McSweeney’s. Email Charley

Zoneil Maharaj is the Assistant Editor of Social Media for The California Sunday Magazine and Pop-Up Magazine. Previously, he was the Director of Digital Content at Wendoh Media, publisher of city news magazine Vegas Seven, and producer of the Life Is Beautiful Music & Art Festival. His writing has appeared in Anxy Magazine, Desert Companion, and Las Vegas Weekly. Email Zoneil

Anna Martin is a Story Producer at Pop-Up Magazine. Previously, she was a fellow at This American Life and a daily podcast producer at Slate. Before that, she traveled the country producing live shows for The Moth and helped run its story-submission pitchline. She’s a graduate of Brown University, where she ran the storytelling club. Email Anna

Douglas Mcgray is the co-Founder and Editor in Chief of The California Sunday Magazine and Pop-Up Magazine and CEO of Pop-Up Magazine Productions. His features have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times, and he has made radio stories for This American Life. Email Doug

Nancy Miller is the Editorial Director of the Brand Studio for Pop-Up Magazine Productions and oversees creative strategy and brand storytelling. Previously, she was the Editor in Chief of GOOD Media, Deputy Editor at Los Angeles magazine, and Senior Editor at Wired. She loves ambitious, collaborative projects and is excited to bring her journalism background to innovative brand partnerships. She lives in Los Angeles. Email Nancy

Raha Naddaf is the Executive Editor of The California Sunday Magazine. Previously, she was the Features Editor at The Marshall Project, a Senior Editor at New York magazine, and the Associate Editor at GQ. Email Raha

Alex Phipps is the Account Coordinator at Pop-Up Magazine Productions. She previously worked in fundraising and marketing at 826 Valencia. In her previous roles, she has done sales, event planning, and podcast editing. Alex is a graduate of Hofstra University. Email Alex

Scott Polach is the Event Director of Pop-Up Magazine. His career has spanned event design and production, curating, and teaching art. He holds an MFA in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute, was a Graduate Fellow at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California, and has an active studio art practice. Email Scott

Kit Rachlis is a Senior Editor of The California Sunday Magazine. He was Editor in Chief of The American Prospect, Los Angeles magazine, and the LA Weekly, and Projects Editor at the Los Angeles Times. Email Kit

Tom Rendell is the Western Advertising Director for Pop-Up Magazine Productions, covering San Francisco, the Bay Area, and Portland. Previously, Tom was the Publisher of Swipe Magazine in London, ran Business Development for Newsweek Europe, and was Commercial Director of The Day’s news service for schools. Email Tom

Emily Rudisill is the Creative Manager of the Brand Studio for Pop-Up Magazine Productions. Previously, she worked at Group SJR producing multimedia pieces for brands and prior to that was an Assistant at Vogue. Email Emily

Albert Schatz is the Production Manager of Pop-Up Magazine. Albert is a Baltimore-based audio engineer/musician. When not on tour with Pop-Up, Albert is the live sound engineer for electronic music composer Dan Deacon. Email Al

Joy Shan is the Associate Editor of The California Sunday Magazine. Previously, she was a Fox International Fellow at the African Centre for Cities in Cape Town. She has edited essays for Guernica Daily, and her writing has appeared in Guernica and the blog Africa Is a Country. Email Joy

Paloma Shutes is the Photography Editor of The California Sunday Magazine and Pop-Up Magazine. Previously, she worked in the photo departments at Wired and GQ. Her work has been recognized by the Society of Publication Designers and American Photography. Email Paloma

Lauren Smith is the Director of Culture and Operations and a Founding Creative Director of Pop-Up Magazine. Email Lauren

Louise Tan is the Assistant Controller of Pop-Up Magazine Productions. She held accounting positions in the hotel and travel industry for more than 15 years. Previously, Louise was the Staff Accountant at a travel technology company in San Francisco. Email Louise

Maureen Towey, a Contributing Producer at Pop-Up Magazine, is a director working across artistic mediums. For The New York Times, Towey has directed long-form content for NYT VR and served as the Senior Producer for The Daily 360. Towey has worked as a Creative Director for award-winning musicians such as Arcade Fire, Ray LaMontagne, Tune-Yards, and Esperanza Spalding. As an ensemble member with Sojourn Theatre, Towey directs radical community-based arts events, such as Finding Penelope and The Islands of Milwaukee. Towey has been recognized as a Fulbright scholar (South Africa), a Princess Grace fellow, and a PBS/AOL MAKER. Email Maureen

Dee Turman is a Senior Producer of the Brand Studio for Pop-Up Magazine Productions. Previously, she led creative strategy for the Cannes Lion and Clio Award-winning brand partnerships team at LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s digital media company, UNINTERRUPTED. Prior to that, she produced live television for ESPN, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and Anderson Cooper. She has also worked on several independent documentaries and created custom events, podcasts, and digital video for espnW, ATTN:, and USA Today Sports. Email Dee

Erin Walter is the Staff Assistant for Pop-Up Magazine Productions. She’s a recent graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz’s Feminist Studies program and was previously a Research Assistant at UC Santa Cruz’s Blum Center on Poverty. Prior to that, she was an AmeriCorps Team Leader at City Year. Email Erin

Melissa Weil is the VP of Sales for Pop-Up Magazine Productions. Previously, she ran the global sales team for advertising tech startup Taykey (acquired by Innovid). Earlier in her career, Melissa sold custom content offerings to brands at both Federated Media and Zagat Survey. Email Melissa

John Woo is a Senior Producer at Pop-Up Magazine. Previously, he was a Senior Editor of The New York Times, where he produced Pulitzer Prize-winning and Emmy-nominated documentary video. Prior to that, he was a Senior Producer for Interactive at American Documentary / P.O.V. His work has been recognized by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences, the National Press Photographers Association, Pictures of the Year International, the Online News Association, and shown at The Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, IDFA, and elsewhere. John is also a musician and a longtime member of The Magnetic Fields. Email John