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ANOTHER EXIT FROM INTERVIEW: Interview lost yet another executive this week, but this one left before her first day of work. Samantha Fennell, who was named publisher of Interview when Alan Katz left Brant Publications in January, was due to report to her new job last Monday. But she declined the role after the sudden exit of coeditorial director Fabien Baron and creative director Karl Templer.
“After learning of the recent editorial changes and evolution that the magazine is undertaking, I thought it best that I pursue other opportunities where I can better utilize my skill set and affect positive change. I wish them all the best,” said Fennell in an e-mail on her decision.
Fennell, previously an associate publisher of Elle, was due to join Interview after working for President Obama’s campaign for six months. But the sudden ouster of Baron and Templer last week caused Fennell to reconsider. For one, she learned of the departures from outside sources as the news broke late on Friday night, as opposed to having top executives at Brant, including coeditoral director Glenn O’Brien, tell her themselves. “It was bad timing,” said O’Brien. “Maybe we had less of an understanding than we thought we did.” O’Brien said the company is looking for a replacement. — Stephanie D. Smith