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MORE TURMOIL AT INTERVIEW: Just a year after being hired as co-editorial director, Fabien Baron is leaving the magazine and taking creative director Karl Templer with him.
Brant Publications Inc., Interview’s publisher, confirmed the departures. In a statement, the company said Baron, who owns and is creative director of the agency Baron & Baron “decided to resign in order to focus on that company’s business.” The company said Templer resigned “in order to focus on other projects.”
“It has been an adventure working with the DNA of such a legendary title and an exciting, not to mention sometimes challenging, experience to reinvent the magazine to make it relevant and inspiring for a whole new generation of readers,” said Baron, adding, “now it’s time to focus all my energy on my own business and the many clients that have been loyal to me over the years.”
Baron joined Interview when Brant Publications revamped the title under new management — which included bringing in co-editorial directors Baron and Glenn O’Brien to replace longtime publisher Sandy Brant and editor in chief Ingrid Sischy. The title is owned by Sandy Brant’s ex-husband, Peter Brant.
The exits come on the heels of the departure of another new member of management — publisher Alan Katz left two week ago, and was replaced by former Elle associate publisher Samantha Fennell.
M/M Paris, the French duo known for their work with designers and magazines including Vogue Paris and Purple magazine, is said to be taking over the creative direction of Interview, but that was unconfirmed as of press time.
— Stephanie D. Smith