LA Weekly fired nine of its 13 editorial staff, including all five editors and all but one staff writer, on Wednesday following its sale to Semanal Media, a newly created company. All the nine members of the editorial staff have been dismissed with immediate effect.
The five editors who have lost their jobs include managing editor Drew Tewksbury, music editor Andy Hermann, food editor Katherine Spiers, arts-culture editor Gwynedd Stuart, and editor Mara Shalhoup. Publisher Matt Cooperstein, too, has lost his job. LA Weekly's staff writer Hillel Horowitz, along with creative director Darrick Rainey, copy chief Lisa Horowitz, and listings editor Falling James, have not been fired by Semanal Media.
On her Twitter feed, Mara Shalhoup described the staff culling at the Los Angeles-based alternative newsweekly as "Red Wedding," a reference to the Game of Thrones' iconic bloody massacre at a wedding feast.