Interview (magazine)

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April 2011 cover featuring Lil Wayne
PresidentKelly Brant
Editor in ChiefMel Ottenberg[1]
CategoriesPop culture
PublisherJason Nikic
FounderAndy Warhol, John Wilcock
Founded1969; 55 years ago (1969)
CompanyCrystal Ball Media
CountryUnited States
Based inNew York City

Interview is an American magazine founded in late 1969[2] by artist Andy Warhol and British journalist John Wilcock. The magazine, nicknamed "The Crystal Ball of Pop",[3][4] features interviews with celebrities, artists, musicians, and creative thinkers. Interviews were usually unedited or edited in the eccentric fashion of Warhol's books and The Philosophy of Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again.


Covers displayed in the Andy Warhol Museum

Andy Warhol period[edit]

Bob Colacello was a film student at Columbia University in 1970 when he got a call from someone at Interview while he was having dinner at his parents' house in suburban Long Island. While Interview magazine now features fashion, artists, celebrities, and creative collaborators, in the beginning, it was merely a film critique spread. Colacello subsequently began writing film reviews and essays for Interview. After about six months, Colacello was promoted to editor of the magazine, at a salary of $50 a week. (He also received course credits, as he was still working on his master's degree at Columbia). Colacello brought in his friend and classmate Glenn O'Brien as an assistant. Colacello's first issue featured film 1940s-era stills of actress Rita Hayworth on the cover and on every page. The idea came from Warhol collaborator and filmmaker Paul Morrissey, who told Colacello, "Just put one on every page and it'll be funny."[5]

In the early days, complimentary copies of Interview were often given away to the "in-crowd"; this was the start of the magazine's circulation.[citation needed] Over time, Warhol withdrew from everyday oversight of Interview but he continued to act as ambassador for the magazine, distributing issues in the street to passersby and creating ad hoc signing events. From 1972 to 1989, the artist Richard Bernstein created covers of Interview, giving the publication its signature style.

Brant Publications period[edit]

The magazine's format has remained consistent at 60% features and 40% glossy advertising. It has been published by Brant Publications, Inc since shortly after Warhol's death in 1987. It was helmed for 18 years by Ingrid Sischy, until she and Peter Brant's ex-wife Sandra became lovers and left the magazine, selling Ms. Brant's half-ownership stake in the parent company Brant Publications.[6] For a year and a half the magazine was in flux, edited by Christopher Bollen.[7]

2008 to 2018[edit]

Interview restarted under co-editorial directors Fabien Baron and Glenn O'Brien in September 2008, with a cover featuring Kate Moss. Stephen Mooallem and Christopher Bollen served as the working editor-in-chief and editor-at-large, respectively. The publication's content can be found online and via an app, Other Edition, available on iTunes.

As of 2017, Fabien Baron was the editorial director; Karl Templer was creative director; Nick Haramis was editor-in-chief. In December 2013, Stephen Mooallem left Interview to join Harper's Bazaar as its executive editor. Keith Pollock served as editor-in-chief from 2014 to 2016.[8]

It was announced on May 21, 2018, that the publication 'folded' and would end both its print and web publications by the end of 2018. The publication also filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy and liquidation.[9][10][11][12]


On September 6, 2018, Interview announced the launch of its 521st issue.[13][14] The magazine was purchased by Kelly Brant and Jason Nikic,[15] with some reports suggesting that the title's intellectual property will be returned to Peter Brant.[16][17]


  1. ^ Hastreiter, Kim (2021-08-27). "Mel Ottenberg Takes Over Interview Magazine As Top Editor". The New York Times. Retrieved 2021-08-27.
  2. ^ "The 20 Best Magazines of the Decade (2000-2009)". Paste Magazine. 26 November 2009. Retrieved 10 August 2015.
  3. ^ Kevin Howell (December 13, 2004). "The Crystal Ball of Pop Culture". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
  4. ^ Anna Wilson (July 17, 2014). "Ten Things You Never Knew About Andy Warhol". Clash Music. Retrieved May 29, 2015.
  5. ^ "My Life in Parties: Bob Colacello's Off-Kilter Views of New York Society".
  6. ^ "Ingrid Sischy and Sandra Brant to Helm 'Vanity Fair' Abroad". New York Magazine. 17 March 2008. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
  7. ^ "Management Changes at Interview Magazine". The New York Times. 19 July 2009. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
  8. ^ Steigrad, Alexandra (28 January 2014). "Keith Pollock Named Editor in Chief of Interview". WWD. Retrieved 29 January 2014.
  9. ^ Helmore, Edward (May 21, 2018). "Interview magazine closes, ending a 50-year survey of Manhattan cool". The Guardian. New York. Retrieved May 26, 2018.
  10. ^ Santoni, Matthew (May 24, 2018). "Interview Magazine folds, but archive will live on at Pittsburgh's Andy Warhol Museum". TribLive. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  11. ^ Serota, Maggie (May 23, 2018). "Interview Magazine Ceases Publication". Billboard. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  12. ^ Kludt, Tom (May 21, 2018). "Interview Magazine, founded by Andy Warhol, shuts down". CNN. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  13. ^ "Interview Magazine on Instagram: "Our 1st cover star is now our 521st! @agnes.varda interviewed by @hansulrichobrist, with love notes to Agnès from @ava, Angelina Jolie,…"". Instagram. Archived from the original on 2021-12-26. Retrieved 2018-09-06.
  14. ^ "Interview Magazine on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-09-06.
  15. ^ "How Interview Magazine Came Back From the Dead". The Business of Fashion. 2018-09-06. Retrieved 2018-09-06.
  16. ^ "'Interview' Magazine Will Relaunch in September After Peter Brant Essentially Repurchased It From Himself | artnet News". artnet News. 2018-08-30. Retrieved 2018-09-06.
  17. ^ Kimball, Whitney. "Report: Interview Magazine Sidesteps 300 Unpaid Creditors and Relaunches". Jezebel. Retrieved 2018-09-06.

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