Per a group email blasted out without warning today to an unknown number of freelancers, the gig at MSN Entertainment is up. Effective October 1, the Microsoft content arm will no longer be in a position to pay all sorts of talented, creative people.
The news broke this afternoon on Twitter when several members of the MSN Movies freelance team confirmed they had been let go. Contributors said to be affected include James Rocchi, William B. Goss, Don Kaye, Kate Erbland and Glenn Kenny. Writers for other MSN Entertainment blogs, like Page-turner‘s Mary Pols, have also begun to confirm via Twitter that they are out of a job.
The text of the email sent out by MSN exec Kent Laird has been obtained by FishbowlNY and is included below. We’ve separately reached out to MSN for confirmation of the total number of freelancers and sites affected.