When news came Monday that Hearst was set to buy the magazines published outside of France by Lagardère, it was estimated that layoffs at Lagardère’s U.S. division Hachette Filipacchi would be as high as 30 percent.
The New York Post now reports that the headcount at Hachette Filipacchi Media, whose flagship magazine is Elle, is down to to 633, according to a spokeswoman. Hearst is said to be expecting to retain only about 350 HFM employees, once its agreement with Lagardère is finalized (supposedly before July 1). That would mean a downsizing of about 45 percent of the current HFM workforce.
At this point, the Post reports that advertising, marketing, and editorial are not expected to sustain major losses, and much of the firings will be from the back-office operations.