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One of Radhika Jones’ first tasks as editor of Vanity Fair was overseeing a round of layoffs on Thursday that significantly trimmed the magazine’s print-focused editorial staff.
Around 15 Vanity Fair employees parted ways with the company, including managing editor Chris Garrett, features editor Jane Sarkin, deputy editors Aimee Bell and Dana Brown, associate managing editor Ellen Kiell, senior photography producer Kathryn MacLeod, editor-at-large Cullen Murphy and longtime public relations head Beth Kseniak.
The magazine’s digital department — which had been bulked up ahead of the mid-2016 launch of revamped sections The Hive, HWD and Vanities — is said to have been spared in the cutting.
There were also cuts Thursday to another Conde Nast title, Glamour.
“Vanity Fair and Glamour are taking the first steps in reshaping their teams to reflect the new editorial directions of the brands — with new additions and initiatives to be announced shortly,” a Conde Nast spokesperson said Thursday in a statement about the cuts. “The priority for each is to create quality and provocative content across all platforms equally, embracing the next generation of readers and viewers.”
The spokesperson said that no additional cuts are planned at either title for the time being. Fashionista reported that three Glamour employees were laid off.
The layoffs at Vanity Fair arrive just after the magazine released its annual Hollywood issue, the final issue of Graydon Carter’s 25-year run, and as the publication is readying its glitzy annual Oscar night party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills.
Jones recently succeeded Carter as editor of Vanity Fair, joining the company at a time when Conde Nast, along with competitors Meredith and Hearst, is trying to rightsize and digitize to weather the storm of print advertising declines.
Conde Nast has had several rounds of layoffs over the past few years, with about 80 people cut in November when the company ended the print edition of Teen Vogue and cut back on the frequency of other magazines. About 100 jobs were also cut last spring.
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