Wenner Media is taking a magnifying glass and a scalpel to its business.
WWD has learned that US Weekly is the latest of the company’s publications to experience cuts, with a handful of layoffs on the editorial side. Sources indicated that fashion director Sasha Charnin Morrison and about four other editorial staffers were let go Tuesday.
A spokeswoman from Wenner confirmed the departure of Morrison, who worked at the company for just over nine years, but declined to comment on additional layoffs. The fashion director role has been eliminated, US Weekly said, but it added that fashion coverage will continue in the magazine.
The cuts are part of an internal consolidation and reallocation of resources at US Weekly on both the editorial and business sides. Insiders noted that the realignment reflects a companywide move to become more digitally savvy. This includes making changes at Rolling Stone, an insider noted, and pointed to co-founder and publisher Jann Wenner’s penchant for “cleaning up costs” every so often, despite the fact that the company is run “very lean.”
There has already been some indication of change at Rolling Stone—on the business side at least – following the aftermath of its University of Virginia Rape story. In April executive director of integrated marketing Artie Athas quietly left the company, yet sources told WWD that the magazine is now in hiring mode focusing, unsurprisingly, on bringing in staff with digital experience.