In its heyday, Entertainment Weekly was a remarkable religion for many of us out there in the great and worldwide internet pop culture sites which typically put a hand to keypads or ruminate on box office openings or what actor got cast in the most recent super-hero extravaganza. This stoked our early wildfire of interest in film, television, music, and literature. Additionally, many of EW’s staff writers have names that seem almost divine to us 2022 pundits: In more ways than one, the names Owen Gleiberman, Lisa Schwarzbaum, or Cable Neuhaus are not so many towering heights to be glanced upon with awe or reverence as they are attempts to have even a tiny amount of an impact on our wonderful world of movies in the same manner that they did.
The Hollywood Reporter made the announcement Monday that five additional journals published by Meredith Corp., including Entertainment Weekly, will stop printing print editions and switch to a digital-only model. Along with this tragic development, at least 200 employees of Entertainment Weekly’s printing department have received their redundancy notices.
In one of the most unresponsive and gormless press releases I’ve ever read, a corporation Big Wheel for DotDash Williams called Neil Vogel stated, “We have always said that purchasing Meredith was about purchasing products, not magazines or websites.” It is no secret that there has been a significant shift in readership or marketing from offline to online, and as a result, print is no longer supporting the core purpose of a few important brands. As a result, we will transition these brands.
Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Neil Vogel, may I present you with the coming years of the entertainment industry?
Many of us who understood films such as Citizen Kane, The Godfather, and It’s a Wonderful Life from magazines like Entertainment Weekly, Premiere, and Movieline know that these publications are not the lifeless entities that Mr. Vogel insists on referring to as “brands.” They were and still are the stuff of dreams, physical objects that led many of us down the dark path of exploration and actually planning to spend our lives preaching the word of pop culture. At least, that’s how I want to remember them.
Rest in peace, Adventure Weekly; you always provided our “core purpose,” which was a love of the bizarre and bizarre entertainment industry. You will be sorely missed.
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