Magazine publisher American Media Inc. confirmed Monday it is closing the West Coast office of Us Weekly, which it bought earlier this month, and laying off less than 30 percent of the publication’s total staff, or around 30 people.
American Media spokesman Jon Hammond said in an email that 80 other staffers are expected to stay on at Us Weekly, which has its main office in New York. He said employees who were let go will have the opportunity to apply for other jobs at American Media.
“AMI already has a very well established L.A. presence and decreasing the redundancies between the two (will) allow resources to be focused in other areas of the US Weekly brand,” Hammond said.
New York-based American Media, which also publishes the National Enquirer and OK! tabloids, has an office on Miracle Mile in Los Angeles not far from the Us Weekly office it’s closing.
American Media Inc. purchased Us Weekly from Wenner Media Inc. on March 15. The New York Times, citing unnamed sources, put the purchase price at $100 million.
New York-based Wenner also owns Rolling Stone and Men’s Journal magazines.
Us Weekly has an audience of more than 50 million across all of its platforms, according to American Media. Other media companies, including Chicago-based tronc, owner of the Los Angeles Times, had been rumored to be interested in buying the weekly.
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