NEW YORK — Spin magazine executive editor Craig Marks, who is suing shock rocker Marilyn Manson for $24 million for an alleged assault, lost his job Tuesday along with the music publication’s editor-in-chief.
In a move that shocked Spin insiders, Marks and Michael Hirschorn were fired by Bob Miller, owner of Spin’s publisher Miller Publishing Group. Miller was said to have cited inadequate gains in circulation and ad sales and “creative differences,” an insider said.
“We’re all totally stunned,” said one staffer who was present when Hirschorn announced his firing. “No one saw this coming. We all thought we were putting out a great product. It’s really something when you lose your No. 1 and No. 2. We’re a small shop, and we’re putting out an issue this week. We don’t even know who is coming in tomorrow.”
Spin’s circulation was said to have risen by about 18% in the 20 months since Miller’s $42 million purchase of the magazine from a group led by founder Bob Guccione Jr.
“I was told that they were making a clean sweep of the magazine’s upper ranks,” Marks said.
Marks is suing Manson, his two bodyguards and the group’s label following an incident in November in which the scribe was allegedly pinned against a wall and beaten.
Some staffers believe Miller felt Hirschorn’s vision for the magazine was too ambitious and that the publisher wants a softer, more fan-friendly publication. Hirschorn was said to be proposing an Internet radio service with the Spin brand name and a Spin book division as additional revenue streams.
Miller was not available for comment late Tuesday.