Playboy print magazine to shut down, likely for good

by Jordyn Pair · Mar 19th, 2020 7:42 am

Playboy will be suspending the print edition of its magazine, CEO Ben Kohn announced on Wednesday in a letter published on Medium.

"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 to better suit what consumers want today, and how to utilize our industry-leading content production capabilities to engage in a cultural conversation each and every day, rather than just every three months," Kohn wrote.

He said that the Spring 2020 issue will be the last printed publication for the year in the U.S.

The brand will still publish in a "digital-first" format, Kohn said, releasing the Playboy Interview, 20Q, Playboy Advisor, and Playmate pictorials the magazine is most known for online. However, his letter alluded that only special editions and "timely collections" will be printed going forward.

"Print is how we began and print will always be a part of who we are," Kohn said.


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