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Closing time at The Fix as editors struggle to pay writers; founder denies blame

  1. Rob Cypher
    There was no fixing The Fix.

    An editor from the online magazine started — and allegedly killed — by idea-man Maer Roshan emailed staffers Monday thanking them for their hard work, and promising to try and pay writers for already published pieces.

    “The priority in our last couple days was finding the money in our reserves to pay every invoice submitted by writers,” the email from deputy editor Walter Armstrong said.

    This comes three months after Confidenti@l reported that Roshan, a one-time editor at New York and Talk magazines, was suing drug recovery publication The Fix, which he left in early 2012 amidst addiction problems of his own.

    In a farewell letter to his staff obtained by Confidenti@l, Armstrong claimed that fighting Roshan’s suits has forced the publication to close shop.

    “I’m sorry to have to tell you that last Friday was the last day of The Fix,” Armstrong wrote. “It was a sudden death.”

    In that letter, Armstrong says, “As to why Maer Roshan would continue to file lawsuit after lawsuit that resulted in the destruction of the online magazine that he created — and that perhaps only he could have created — is a question only Maer Roshan can answer.”

    Roshan, who started thefix.com in 2010, tells Confidenti@l he was “surprised” to hear The Fix was broke. He forwarded Armstrong’s letter to his attorney, who says Roshan’s claims against The Fix's parent company Recovery Media were attempts at transparency regarding company expenditures to help determine the value of Roshan’s 29% share.

    Roshan claims in court papers that when he refused Recovery Media’s $30,000 offer to go quietly, higher-ups at The Fix threatened to make news of his past struggles public, thus hindering future career prospects.

    But according to one Fix source, “(Roshan) was constantly dealing with addiction, resulting in multiple no-shows and other behaviors that were not compatible with running the site.” That source also claims Roshan relinquished his editorial duties before his March 2012 termination.

    “My brief relapse, which I quickly and voluntarily addressed, has nothing to do with the company’s current state of affairs, as I have not been involved in day to day management of the company for the last 17 months,” Roshan tells Confidenti@l. “I don’t think anyone can say I was derelict in my duties.”

    Further denying his client’s personal demons were an issue is this case, Roshan’s attorney tells Confidenti@l, “He received a letter from (company chairman) Paul McCulley on March 15, 2012 that he was suspended from the company and to check into rehab March 26. He did so on March 27 and they terminated him anyway.”

    Former Fix editor-in-chief Will Godfrey confirmed to Confidenti@l that Recovery Media filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy last Friday.

    “The Fix has stood out as an innovative and valuable resource and forum for debate about all things addiction,” said Godfrey. “I'm proud of my team and grateful to all our readers.”"

    JULY 31, 2013



  1. Cash.Nexus
    Bad news. I'm sure a lot of members here are fans of thefix. Hope it won't just vanish or at least the archives will be available.
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