'Entertainment Weekly,' 'Essence' Start Layoffs

About 30 Let Go From Two Time Inc. Titles

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NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- Layoffs have descended at Entertainment Weekly and Essence, the latest Time Inc. magazines to deliver budget cuts demanded by the company. People, Sports Illustrated, Fortune and Time started seeking volunteers for buyouts this week, with plans for involuntary layoffs if not enough people raise their hands.
EW is laying off 15 to 20 employees, primarily from editorial.
EW is laying off 15 to 20 employees, primarily from editorial.

EW and Essence, however, moved directly to layoffs, according to several who confirmed reports of cuts today. EW is laying off 15 to 20 employees, primarily from editorial. Essence is eliminating positions for three or four people on the editorial side and another four or five people from the business side. Top editors and publishers at both magazines are safe.

The broader economic downturn that has accelerated so much this fall has only exacerbated the challenges already facing print publishers. Time Inc. had already cut some 800 jobs since 2005 in a bid, now failed, to maintain growth.
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