MSN freelancers, including Mary Pols, who wrote for the Page-Turner blog, were notified that their contracts were terminated this week.
With one email on Tuesday, Kent Laird, editor of Microsoft Entertainment’s movie blog, fired as many as 100 writers, editors, and reviewers who were freelancers for the site, telling them that the budget had been cut and that all on-going assignments would be cancelled as of September 30.
I am writing you to let you know that effective 10/1/2013 our freelance budget has gone away entirely. I wish I could say it’s been lowered substantially and we’d just be reducing the work we are doing, but to be honest, it has been taken away and is at $0 for the remainder of the fiscal year.
The move to lay-off workers has come has a result of a Microsoft restructuring plan to “get out of the content creation business” and to instead focus on, as Laird writes, being a “services and devices company.”
Included in the contract terminations are Mary Pols, a TIME movie critic and author of a memoir about parenthood, and Kate Erbland a critic for MSN Movies. Both Pols and Erbland wrote for MSN Entertainment’s Page-Turner blog, and both have been laid-off. …read more

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