In a depressing bit of news today, Hachette Filipacci Media US announced that the April issue of Premiere magazine will mark the last time the publication appears on newsstands; editor-in-chief Peter Herbst is leaving the company, and there's no word on where high-profile contributors like critic Glenn Kenny and Paul Rudnick's pseudonymous Libby Gelman-Waxner will wind up next. Apparently, Premiere will continue as an internet brand, but the print publication is dead -- which, of course, leaves even fewer alternatives for film fans in the US who like to, you know, actually read off of paper instead of the glow of their computer screen.
Premiere's folding pretty much leaves the movie magazine field in America barren on a consumer level but for Entertainment Weekly: Movieline's Hollywood Style has become a glossy consumerist piece of piffle, and publications like Moviemaker and Filmmaker are designed for a more discerning (and slender) audience. It's fascinating to me that the UK can support publications like Empire and Total Film, but any attempt to make a successful glossy consumer publication about movies in America fails with a rich, resounding thud. Will you miss Premiere? Or is the death of the print publication a good thing for the brand?