Peter Czernich, ex-publisher of Marquis magazine, tells us that, contrary to initial appearances, he has not parted company with the new, American-owned Marquis media organisation.
It appeared he had also been stripped of his post-sale consultancy role in the new company.
That impression, conveyed in our earlier Fetishistas report about the show cancellation, was reinforced by a statement posted on Facebook by Martell.
In it, he referred to the need for everyone in his organisation to be on the same page regarding the plan to convert Marquis into a “mainstream fetish-oriented product”.
He added, “Marquis magazine can no longer sustain itself if the focus remains to be about any one person” — which seemed to be a direct dig at the rather high profile nature of the previous owner’s continuing involvement.
As a result, we — and many others who were debating the story while in Berlin last week — concluded that Peter and Michael had parted company.
We now understand from Peter Czernich that this is not the case, and that his four-year consultancy contract is
However, Peter says he is not sure yet in what role(s) he will continue. He told Alex: “After some discussions I have cancelled my participation in the goldRush Rally, and we have agreed to both take a break and talk about the future after the rally.”
He added: “With my continued co-operation I hope to be able to contribute to a new future of the magazine, so that this should not be the end of an era, even though the focus of the magazine will shift towards a wider audience.”
One rather startling aspect of the original story we didn’t report on — because we couldn’t establish how literally to interpret what we were hearing — has turned out to be completely correct.
And that is that Issue 65 of Marquis magazine has indeed been ‘shredded’ (or ‘pulped’, as we usually say in the publishing trade). It was destroyed on C Michael Martell’s orders, apparently because the Ninja Girl Show was on the cover and substantially featured inside.