Don't Mess With Texas (Monthly)
Editor's note: After publishing this piece, The New York Times ran a corrected version of its article, clarifying that Emmis Communications has not named Jake Silverstein as a co-defendant in a lawsuit against the New York Times Company. We have updated our story to reflect that clarification.
Just two weeks after Texas Monthly's editor in chief, Jake Silverstein, announced he was leaving to head The New York Times Magazine, TM's publisher has announced it's suing The Gray Lady herself.
In an article published this afternoon, (TheNew York Times really enjoys making major announcements on Friday afternoons), the paper announced that Emmis Communications, the powerhouse media brand that owns Texas Monthly, will file a lawsuit against The New York Times Company. The lawsuit, which was filed in Travis County, accuses the Times of causing Silverstein to breach his 3-year employment contract with Emmis. In a statement, New York Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy called the action "inexplicable" and noted they still expect Silverstein to join the masthead next month.
This news marks a rather sad end to Silverstein's much lauded tenure at the helm of Texas Monthly, one that included 12 National Magazine Award nominations. Brian D. Sweany has been named interim editor in chief of the prestigious magazine. In a call with CultureMap, Sweany expressed his support for Silverstein and emphasized that he will be greatly missed by his staff.
As for Silverstein, it seems he's taking the lawsuit in stride. According to New York, the soon-to-be former Texan was at the New York Times Building in midtown Manhattan today meeting his new colleagues.