Published: Tue, May 22, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

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

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

Employees, former writers and other journalists took to Twitter to lament the magazine's demise.

Interview magazine has ceased publishing with immediate effect and closed their NY office.

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 huge sums.

Earlier this month, the magazine was sued for $600,000 by a former editorial director who claims he wasn't paid by the magazine. The couple are seeking $600,000 they say is owed in unpaid invoices, according to WWD, which also reports that the magazine's former associate publisher Jane Katz sued Interview past year, claiming that she was sacked without cause and that the publication owes her $230,000 in unpaid wages. Baron, who resigned from Interview in April after nearly 10 years in the role, claims he was not paid appropriately the last three years, the NYP's Page Six reported. A lawyer whose firm has represented Interview and its parent Brant Publications in legal matters over the past year declined to comment on the magazine's closure or the bankruptcy.

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. Another source said the magazine "owes everyone money".

Former associate publisher Jane Katz also claims Interview owes her unpaid wages to the tune of $230,000.

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And former Interview president Dan Ragone says the magazine owes him $170,000. "I am saddened and surprised by the news that Brant Publications has chosen to shutter the cultural icon that Interview has been since its founding by Andy Warhol", he wrote.

Plus, three women have accused creative director Karl Templer of inappropriate behavior, which he denies. Brant's daughter Kelly Brant has been running the publication as president for the last several years.

Add the "Crystal Ball of Pop Culture" to the annals of glossies gone under.

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.

Truman Capote was one of Interview's earliest contributors, and Warhol also conducted many interviews. In February, Brandt Publications was kicked out of their SoHo offices for unpaid rent, as first reported by Page Six.

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