Ice ire as freelances lose out on payments

Ice: new owners, old creditors

Freelance journalists have been left unpaid after Select Media, publishers of men’s magazine Ice, went into liquidation just two weeks after selling off the title.

Photographer James Rudland claimed he is owed £7,500 and another photographer, Jens Wikholm, said he is owed about £4,000. Wikholm also claimed he will have to use his own cash to pay model agencies for work undertaken for Ice.

Ice editor Darren Halford said: “I feel responsible to our contributors. I was a freelance for three years and I know how important it is to get paid on time. I am disgusted with the way our contributors have been treated by the magazine’s previous owner.”

Select Media’s former owner, James Kimber, refused to comment when contacted by Press Gazette.

Select Media is also understood to owe printers, baggers and other creditors.

A creditors’ meeting is due to take place on 18 August to consider appointing a liquidator and to try to establish how much Kimber sold the company for.

Mark Ibbotson, managing director of Impress Envelopes, which printed and manufactured the magazine’s outer envelopes for the final two issues, said he has not been paid. He will attend the creditors’ meeting and told Press Gazette: “I would like to know how much James sold the magazine for and, if it was a substantial amount, where that money is.

“James will try to appoint one of his own liquidators and the rest of us will try to vote against it and get our own appointed.”

Ice was sold in July by Select Media to Alton Russell International, which also owns Into Soap magazine.

Halford added: “It is good that we have been bought by a bigger company because it will allow us to invest in better editorial, better design and better paper stock.

“The magazine is in really good health at the moment and our last ABC figures are our best yet, which has bucked the trend in the men’s magazine market.”

Ice is employing extra staff as part of the takeover, including a full-time picture editor, Adrian Callaghan, a fulltime designer, Jim Leaf, and a sub, who is yet to be appointed.

By Sarah Lagan

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