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Paul Colichman’s Here Media Closes Porn Title Unzipped

On Friday, Here/Regent Media chief Paul Colichman, who publishes magazines named Out and The Advocate, fired the staff of Unzipped and ordered it closed.

By our count, it’s the last of Colichman’s porn titles to shut down after acquiring LPI Media and all the other affiliate/umbrella publishers, and reorganizing them in June under the Unzipped umbrella. In September, he closed Men and Freshmen. Subscribers over those magazines were given subscriptions to … Unzipped.

Unzipped is where you saw shots of Beau Breedlove’s ass, and didn’t see any naked photos of Levi Johnston. It’s also among the last bastion of print porn magazines aimed at gay men. Under a brand revamp, Playgirl is now targeting that audience, but it’s not exactly a print publication unless Levi is on the cover.

Last we heard, Rick Andreoli was heading operations at Unzipped, and it’s unclear whether he was saved in Colichman’s mass layoffs, reported by The Sword. As of yesterday, the magazine’s blog was still being updated.

It’s just the latest Here Media shuttering. In October, we first reported The Advocate would shut down as a standalone publication and become an insert in Out. Last month, we shared news of outstanding debts the company owed freelancers.

That Here Media’s print titles are bleeding cash is no secret. It’s only through some creative accounting the publisher is able to report “profits.” But you can’t really blame managerial missteps for Unzipped‘s fortunes. Gay men just aren’t buying porn in print anymore when they can get it for free online. The business model is dead.