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

Angelo Anderson
May 22, 2018

Several staffers took to Twitter today to confirm rumors that the publication, beloved for its unedited and freewheeling celeb-on-celeb interviews, would indeed cease both online and print publication. The magazine never fully strayed from the intimate Q&A's that characterised its early issues, allowing artists, musicians and writers to interview each other in a more personal and revelatory manner.

Nearly half a century after it was founded by Andy Warhol, Interview magazine, the arts and culture publication, is folding. 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. He was hired in 2009 to help relaunch the magazine and successfully added 200,000 subscribers.

A source told Observer the publication is liquidating its assets through Chapter 7 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.

Wow. I interned at Interview Magazine in college.

There were also reports that Interview's owner, Peter Brant, is facing a multimillion-dollar lawsuit because he allegedly fired former senior executive Deborah Blasucci for "making too much money". Former sales representative and eventually associate publisher Jane Katz previous year sued the magazine for unpaid wages of more than $230,000, along with claims that she was unjustly fired. A similar lawsuit was filed by former president Dan Ragone in 2016. The magazine, which was founded by Andy Warhol, was known for its coverage of film, fashion, and art.

Plus, three women have accused creative director Karl Templer of inappropriate behavior, which he denies. It featured Kim Kardashian posing as Jackie Kennedy.

In 1980, he sat down with Diana Ross in a NY restaurant.

At its height, Interview was nicknamed "the Crystal Ball of Pop" and virtually defined eras of Manhattan as characterized by Warhol's factory of avant garde superstars and socialites, the uptown decadence of Studio 54 and the downtown punk scene of CBGB and the Mud Club.

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