W Magazine’s New Owners Reportedly Tell Employees Not to ‘Cause a Scene’

Image: GettyThere’s really no other way to say it: What’s happening at W Magazine right now sounds deeply fucked up!The Condé Nast publication was abruptly sold last month to Surface Media, following the departure of its editor Stefano Tonchi, who was replaced by Leslie Moonves’s daughter Sara Moonves. Tonchi swiftly sued Condé Nast for breach…

W Magazine’s New Owners Reportedly Tell Employees Not to ‘Cause a Scene’

Image: GettyThere’s really no other way to say it: What’s happening at W Magazine right now sounds deeply fucked up!The Condé Nast publication was abruptly sold last month to Surface Media, following the departure of its editor Stefano Tonchi, who was replaced by Leslie Moonves’s daughter Sara Moonves. Tonchi swiftly sued Condé Nast for breach of contract regarding his lack of severance, which reportedly matched his $800,000 salary. But now there are reportedly bigger problems facing about ten former W employees, who were fired by Condé Nast and not hired by Surface Media in the acquisition. WWD reports those employees were asked to stay on after firings to keep working on the site and the new print issue. They did so assuming they would receive compensation for their work, but according to WWD, have received nothing for the work they did for Condé during this weird acquisition period. Surface Media says it’s Condé’s responsibility to pay them. W sta
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