Interview Magazine, founded by Andy Warhol, folds after almost 50 years

Interview Magazine, founded by Andy Warhol, folds after almost 50 years

Ronald Pratt
May 22, 2018

Interview, the celebrity interview magazine co-founded in 1969 by gay pop-artist Andy Warhol, officially shut down today after facing two unresolved lawsuits from former executives who claimed the magazine stiffed them for vast sums. In a 2016 Q & Andy, Interview reiterated its support for Mariah Carey-the magazine had called her "the world's biggest diva" in a 2007 cover story. A month ago the editor had already left creative Director Karl Templer, being under investigation because of anonymous accusations of sexual harassment, and editorial Director Fabien Baron who took the magazine to court, demanding about 600 thousand dollars in unpaid royalties for his work.

Interview Magazine, formed in 1969, is best known for its intimate interviews with many artists, actors, singers and pop culture stalwarts but its now ceasing following years of alleged financial strain.

After nearly 50 years, Interview magazine is shutting down. One of those employees, editor Ezra Marcus, tells CNN that staffers were brought into a meeting and told both the print and online editions were being shuttered "effective immediately" and that the company is declaring bankruptcy under Chapter 7.

Baron resigned from the publication last month after working there for more than 10 years.

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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. Former sales representative and eventually associate publisher Jane Katz past year sued the magazine for unpaid wages of more than $230,000, along with claims that she was unjustly fired.

Former associate publisher Jane Katz and former Interview president Dan Ragone also allege six-figures' worth of unpaid wages from the company, according to Observer. The magazine had since gone through several reboots, including in 2009, when billionaire Peter Brant purchased the publication.

In the case of Interview, it represents the end of an era and a sobering reminder of how once-mighty media institutions have fallen hard.

Recent examples of this include Seth Rogen's conversation with rapper 21 Savage, Janet Mock's freewheeling interview with Kim Kardashian and a chat with the choreographer of Childish Gambin's This Is America.