Andy Warhol's Interview Magazine Ceases Trading After 50 Years

Founded by Warhol, Village Voice co-founder John Wilcock, and poet/photographer Gerard Malanga in 1969, the fame-focused monthly was best known for its intimate celebrity-on-celebrity interviews accompanied by original portrait photography.

Interview has been embroiled in public controversy, with former editorial director Fabien Baron suing the company for $600,000 for what he alleges is money owed to his wife and him.

The magazine was owned by Peter Brant, a billionaire art collector, who acquired the magazine in 1989.

Interview's offices are reported to be closed effective immediately and it is unclear if any issues already in the pipeline will be published.

Baron resigned from Interview in April after almost 10 years at the glossy publication.

Former creative director Karl Templer, who also resigned in April, was accused by three women of "overstepping the professional line,"in a report from the Boston Globe".

Interview Magazine, founded by Andy Warhol, folds after nearly 50 years
Interview magazine closes, ending a 50-year survey of Manhattan cool

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 enormous sums. 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. Sources say Templer was owed up to $280,000 in backpay, which prompted his departure. Associate publisher Jane Katz sued in 2017 for $230,000 in allegedly unpaid wages and former Interview president Dan Ragone sued in 2016 for $170,000 in allegedly unpaid wages. A representative of Brant Publications confirmed the closure and that the magazine, along with its two holding companies, has filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

Truman Capote was one of Interview's earliest contributors, and Warhol also conducted many interviews.

The magazine was purchased by Brant Publications in 1987 after Warhol's death.

Austen Tosone, until now an assistant editor at Interview, wrote on Twitter that her six months at the magazine was "certainly a insane ride".

After Sischy's exit, Interview took a more mainstream turn that included Kardashian covers (including the infamous Kylie-in-a-wheelchair shoot).


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