JPG Magazine Founders Leave 8020 Publishing

SXSW 2007

My good friends Derek Powazek and Heather Powazek Champ, founders of JPG Magazine, are leaving the magazine’s parent company 8020 Publishing due to a “fundamental disagreement” with 8020’s CEO Paul Cloutier. Heather made the announcement on her blog, followed by Derek who wrote a post titled “The Real Story of JPG Magazine”. The story was picked up by Valleywag and was is actively being discussed on MetaFilter and The Unofficial JPG Magazine Group on Flickr.

Paul has made a brief announcement on their company blog and the Flickr group.

I’m very sad to hear about Derek and Heather’s departure. They put a lot of hard work into the magazine and I wish them well in their future endeavors.

UPDATE: Paul Cloutier’s wife Alana Jackson, has written on her blog and Flickr about this issue, providing the JPG community with some more context about what happened regarding Derek and Heather.

photo by Scott Beale

Scott Beale
Scott Beale

Scott Beale founded Laughing Squid in 1995 in San Francisco and is currently based in New York City. When not running the blog, Scott can be found posting on Threads and sharing photos on Instagram.