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04.23.2014
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Memo Pad: At Last... Deeping Six... His Very Own Stew...

Karl Templer has finally signed on to be creative director at Interview. Templer, who styled a Bruce Weber photo essay on New Orleans for April's W, finalized the deal to join the magazine Thursday.

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AT LAST: Karl Templer has finally signed on to be creative director at Interview. Templer, who styled a Bruce Weber photo essay on New Orleans for April's W, finalized the deal to join the magazine Thursday. WWD reported early this month that Templer was in talks to join Interview, but he had to sever relationships with several magazines in the U.S. in order to take the job. A spokeswoman for Interview said Templer will continue to work with his fashion clients and select editorials. He will join Interview in June, but will consult on earlier issues.

Interview also appointed Rebecca Sinn as entertainment editor, a new position. Sinn was most recently talent director for the Web site Fifth Medium and was formerly features associate of Vanity Fair.

Meanwhile, September may be the official relaunch of the title under co-editorial directors Glenn O'Brien and Fabien Baron, but in the meantime the first cover of the post-Ingrid Sischy and Sandy Brant era will feature Maggie Gyllenhaal. For the May cover, the actress was shot in London (since she was on location there for a film) by photographer Bryan Adams. A spokeswoman said this is Gyllenhaal's first cover for the magazine. Sources said Interview first asked Terry Richardson to do the shoot, but he was too busy. The spokeswoman said she didn't know anything about whether Richardson was asked. The May issue hits newsstands the week of April 21. — Stephanie D. Smith and Amy Wicks

DEEPING SIX:
Even Page Six is being affected by the sagging economy — the New York Post has shuttered pagesix.com after three months in operation. "Given the difficulty in the economy, it was not the right time for this launch," said Jennifer Jehn, senior vice president of pagesix.com. A total of 18 editorial and support staffers will be let go, but three employees will be reassigned within the Post.

But does the closure of pagesix.com foreshadow tough times ahead for another spin-off of the gossip brand, Page Six The Magazine? The weekly glossy was launched in September (before the brunt of the economic downturn was felt) with a total of 96 pages in the debut issue. Editor in chief Margi Conklin acknowledged to WWD at the time that the size would drop to "around 68 pages going forward." Last weekend's issue carried 48 pages, though Mercedes-Benz did advertise on the back cover. So could the spin-off be closed? Col Allen, editor in chief of the New York Post, downplayed the notion as preposterous: "No way. You wish." — S. D.S.
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