American Media Inc. government Dylan Howard is out after greater than a decade on the publishing firm, Selection has discovered solely.
Howard’s contract, which expired on March 31, was not renewed. Causes for his departure weren’t instantly clear, although rumors of his exit had been brewing internally on the proprietor of Us Weekly and InTouch magazines for weeks, a number of sources stated, with one other including the choice to not renew Howard’s contract was mutual. The unflinching tabloid editor had develop into the topic of media storms surrounding Harvey Weinstein and Donald Trump lately.
Howard and American Media didn’t instantly reply to Selection‘s request for remark.
Howard most lately served as a senior vp in company growth, the place he was stated to be conceiving scripted and unscripted tasks within the true crime enviornment. Previous to that, Howard spent six years because the editor in chief of AMI digital gossip property RadarOnline, and beforehand served as chief content material officer for all of the David Pecker-run publications together with the Nationwide Enquirer, Nearer, Life&Type and InTouch.
Quite a few media stories over the previous 12 months steered Howard had been sidelined at AMI along with his editorial function being minimized, as he’s switched his focus to TV and literary tasks.
The Australian-born journalist rose to prominence as a tabloid reporter by exposing main tales like Mel Gibson’s anti-Semitic rants and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s secret youngster. He was a key determine in Ronan Farrow’s reporting concerning Weinstein’s enablers with Farrow reporting that Howard was a Weinstein confederate who dug up dust on girls accusing the fallen film mogul, who’s now serving a 23-year jail sentence for rape and sexual assault.
Howard famously threatened to sue the Pulitzer Prize-winning Farrow and his writer over his best-selling guide, “Catch & Kill,” which is a few journalist being threatened by programs of highly effective males. (The phrase “catch and kill” refers back to the observe of tabloid editors shopping for tales after which burying them, in order that they by no means see the sunshine of day.)
Howard was additionally accused by Farrow and The Wall Avenue Journal of burying tales about President Trump with Farrow writing that the Australian tabloid government shredded incriminating paperwork about Trump when he oversaw the Enquirer, which by no means revealed the paperwork.
In 2019, Bezos, who owns the Washington Submit, accused Howard and American Media of extortion and blackmail after the Enquirer revealed an exposé about his extramarital affair and included racy texts to his now-girlfriend, Lauren Sanchez, which compelled Bezos to publicly announce his divorce. The Amazon founder made his accusations identified in a prolonged written piece, the place he stated Howard threatened to print a nude photograph of Bezos and Sanchez, except the Bezos-owned Washington Submit eased up on their “politically motivated” protection of AMI.
American Media Inc. paid $150,000 to Playboy mannequin Karen McDougal, who claimed an affair with Trump, to purchase the unique rights to her story, which by no means ran. Following scrutiny for the McDougal hush cash payout and fallout from the Bezos expose, AMI made a $100 million deal to promote the Nationwide Enquirer to James Cohen, the inheritor to Hudson Information, which as of at this time, has nonetheless not closed. A supply says the much-delayed deal has not been known as off, and previous to the COVID-19 disaster, the client was nonetheless working via particulars, however with the financial disaster spurred by the pandemic, enterprise throughout all industries is on pause.
Howard’s departure comes as American Media introduced company-wide wage cuts, within the wake of the coronavirus, although the publishing firm was financially troubled lengthy earlier than the viral outbreak. All the firm’s titles, equivalent to Us Weekly, minimize workers’ wage by 23% on Apr. 1.
When asserting company-wide pay cuts final week, American Media Inc. launched an announcement to media, noting that no layoffs have occurred. “American Media is dedicated to doing every part we will in the course of the COVID-19 disaster to make sure our workers preserve their employment and well being advantages,” a spokesperson for the corporate stated.
Previous to the coronavirus-prompted wage cuts at AMI, each RadarOnline and Males’s Journal underwent sweeping workers reductions with the lads’s way of life journal relocating to the west coast and shedding New York-based workers. Insiders say RadarOnline was hit the toughest, among the many firm’s layoffs.
American Media’s pay cuts come because the promoting enterprise has been shaken by coronavirus’ affect, inflicting different publishing firm to slash salaries, together with Buzzfeed, which lately introduced short-term cuts. All the leisure trade has been deeply affected by the pandemic with manufacturing shut down throughout tv and movie and deal-making halted in Hollywood, ensuing within the expertise companies being significantly hit exhausting with layoffs and staff-wide wage reductions. Mega firms, like Disney, have furloughed workers, as theme parks stay closed and chairman Bob Iger gave up his multi-million annual wage.
After a quick departure from American Media when he ran the superstar web site CelebBuzz, Howard had been again with AMI since 2013 and have become editor-in-chief of RadarOnline, and later was named editor of the Nationwide Enquirer. Throughout his rise at AMI, Howard was a key lieutenant to Pecker, who stays atop the publishing firm.