Hope your turkey day was great! Haven’t ducked into DMS lately so missed this bit o’ news, but, luckily, regular DSSer DMSIPO IPO DMS was on the spot!
Demand Media’s go-to, “We need someone to lie to the writers,” employee, Jordan Decker, just posted an announcement about the studio closing for the Holidays.
When writers and CEs queried him further, he wrote, “You will not be able to access any part the Studio during the holiday observance,” and “The Studio will be completely closed. ”
He does say, “Yes, the Studio is going to reopen on January 2. It’s business as usual once we reopen,” but Jordan has previously flat-out lied to writers before a project was shut down before.
This comes on the heels of Demand shutting down LIVESTRONG assignments and business, finance and careers titles beginning to dry up. Someone pointed out this might be a decision to reduce costs toward the end of the quarter to make the company’s next earnings reports look better. However, Demand needs to trim millions in losses, and I don’t think 14 days of writer and CE pay is going to hurt their numbers that much.
I don’t know if Demand is shutting down its content side just yet, but I would not be shocked if things aren’t the same after January 1. Don’t plan on a nice little vacation if you rely on Demand for your living. I’d write your ass off until December 18, then use the rest of the year to find other work.
THE WRITING ON THE WALL…
DMS is doing something a little different for the holidays. This year we are planning to close the Studio for the December holidays to give our own staff a chance to take a break and spend time with friends and family. We are hoping that all of you are able to do the same.
Since this change affects your payment schedule, we wanted to give you sufficient notice now. We’re currently planning to make December 18 the last day to submit assignments for payment which will have the final payment of the year going out on December 20. Normal payments will resume on January 7.
We’re going to make special accommodations so that anything you’re working on when the Studio closes will remain in your queue until we’re back from the holidays. We’ll be sharing more details about logistics and assignment extensions in the coming weeks, so keep an eye out for future emails.