After almost 50 years in business, Interview Magazine, founded by Andy Warhol and the British journalist John Wilcock, folded today (21 May), effective immediately for both its print and web versions. In 2008, the publication went through another shift when co-editorial directors Fabien Baron and Glenn O'Brien took over.
Baron resigned from the publication last month after working there for more than 10 years. He was hired in 2009 to help relaunch the magazine and successfully added 200,000 subscribers. Baron, who resigned in April, contends the magazine owes him "over $500,000 from invoices between 2015 and 2018" as well as another $66,000 for Poiblanc for her work, according to Page Six.
Former associate publisher Jane Katz, who says she was sacked without cause, also charges the publication owes her $230,000 in unpaid wages, while former Interview President Dan Ragone alleges he is owed $170,000.
Many others are owed money by the publication to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to NYO, which also reports it has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
- Bradley Stern (@MuuMuse)Interview Magazine, originally created by Andy Warhol and British journalist John Wilcock, has reportedly folded.what a shame. Katz further said she was unjustly fired.
Longtime employee Deborah Blasucci is suing the company under claims that she was sacked for making too much money, and three other female employees have accused creative director Karl Templer of "overstepping professional lines", though Templer denies these accusations.
What do you think of the closure of Interview magazine? Peter Brant owns the magazine, while his daughter Kelly is the president.
Former editor Ingrid Sischy described the magazine as "dishy but serious". "The beauty of doing interviews for this magazine is the joy of discovery". The early years had a decidedly queer aesthetic, with divas like Diana Ross, Cher, and Madonna on multiple issues, as well as cult favorites like Shelley Duvall, Liza Minnelli, Annie Lennox, and Grace Jones getting their due. Recent participants included Roseanne Barr, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tommy Wiseau, Spike Lee, Kathy Bates and Mel Brooks.
Once referred to as "the crystal ball of pop", Interview has featured a wide roster of cultural and entertainment world figures on its cover: David Bowie, Aretha Franklin, Annie Lennox and Kiera Knightley, to name a few.