The New York Post this morning is signaling further proof that the end of soap operas as we have known it is coming to a close, with the cancellations yesterday of All My Children and One Life to Live, the seismic shift also produced some major upheavals in the publishing world. For most of the 70 employees now on board at the New York-based titles of Soap Opera Digest and Soap Opera Weekly, it is expected to be pink slip time.
Source Interlink, which publishes both soap titles Soap Opera Digest and Soap Opera Weekly, is cutting staff and turning over the magazines’ operations to National Enquirer and Shape owner American Media Inc. on a licensing deal. AMI is expected to offer jobs to less than half the current employees.
The two magazines now have combined circulation of around 650,000 — 500,000 for the now monthly Soap Opera Digest and 150,00 for Soap Opera Weekly. With the empty pockets at checkout counters, insiders said AMI is already working on a newsstand special on reality-TV shows, covering Kim Kardashian and shows such as Housewives of Orange County.