Playboy Magazine Ceases Production of Print Edition Due to Coronavirus Pandemic
The magazine founded by late Hugh Hefner in 1953 will have its final printed publication for the year in the U.S. through its spring 2020 issue, and will operate on a ‘digital first publishing schedule.’
- Mar 19, 2020
AceShowbiz – The coronavirus pandemic has claimed Playboy magazine.
Editors have decided to bring forward plans to shut down the print edition of the once-fabled men’s publication due to the economic disruptions caused by COVID-19.
“Last week, as the disruption of the coronavirus pandemic to content production and the supply chain became clearer and clearer, we were forced to accelerate a conversation we’ve been having internally: the question of how to transform our U.S. print product,” a letter from Playboy bosses to the media reads.
“We have decided that our spring 2020 issue, which arrives on U.S. newsstands and as a digital download this week, will be our final printed publication for the year in the U.S.”
Playboy, which the late Hugh Hefner founded in 1953, will now operate on a “digital first publishing schedule,” although there are plans to release occasional special print editions, beginning in 2021.
Ironically, as the printed Playboy dies, Hefner’s son, Cooper, is about to become a first-time dad – last week (March 10) he announced his actress wife, Scarlett Byrne, is pregnant.
“The Vampire Diaries” star posted a photo of her baby bump on Instagram, revealing she and her husband’s hearts are “filled with gratitude and joy.”
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