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Magazine Shake-ups in a Post-Weinstein World

Posted on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 8:28 PM

In the news: The Harvey Weinstein allegations are leading some magazines and media brands to reevaluate their own personnel. This month, we round up editorial shake-ups at several brands in response to various sexual harassment allegations.

Condé Nast International

Perhaps one of the biggest magazine shake-ups in this dawning era of sexual harassment scandals is happening at Condé Nast International. Last week, Per Ben Riley-Smith and Nick Allen of the Telegraph reported that the publishing group would no longer work with photographer Terry Richardson, whose explicit photos and alleged treatment of his models have long been a source of controversy. Per Riley-Smith and Allen, "Staff were told that any work already commissioned from Mr Richardson but not yet published should be 'killed or substituted with other material.'" Read more here.

Harper's Bazaar

At Harper's Bazaar, editor in chief Justine Picardie also ousted Richardson, citing his "sexually 'exploitative' behaviour," according to the Telegraph. Read more here.

The Atlantic

Over at The Atlantic, contributing editor Leon Wieseltier has been let go in response to reports that he sexually harassed colleagues when he was literary editor at the New Republic. Wieselseltier had been set to launch a new culture magazine, which has now been shuttered by the Emerson Collective (founded by Laurene Powell Jobs). Read more detailed accounts of the allegations here and here.

Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair is in search of a new editor, and the Weinstein allegations have altered their course. Writes Edward Helmore of the Guardian: "Against this background, the selection of one of the most high-profile editors in publishing is more than a matter of expanded due diligence.... The issue threatens to compound the challenges Condé Nast faces in picking a new editor amid hard economic times in the once-bouyant luxury magazine business." Read the full write-up here.

Artforum

Knight Landesman, publisher of Artforum, is also facing sexual harassment allegations. The mounting controversy has led editor-in-chief Michelle Kuo to leave. Writes Sarah Cascone of Artnet News: "The magazine's editor-in-chief, Michelle Kuo, announced her resignation on Wednesday [October 25]. She said she had informed management of her decision last week and that the mounting accusations against Landesman motivated her to leave." Read more, including the staff's statement on the magazine's response to the allegations, here.

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