Press release

Maven Announces Broad Cost-Containment Initiative Including 9% Staff Layoff

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Maven Media Brands today announced a wide-ranging cost-containment plan to get ahead of the economic tumult triggered by the novel coronavirus pandemic and ensure the ongoing strength of the company.

The initiative includes a staff reduction of 31 people (9 percent of the 332-person workforce); a 30 percent cut in senior management compensation; and accelerated efficiencies in non-payroll expenses. In addition, the company has secured a $12 million line of credit from B. Riley Financial.

CEO James Heckman elaborated on Maven’s plans in a comprehensive letter to employees, which you may read here.

About Maven

Maven ( is a coalition of Mavens, from individual thought leaders to world-leading independent publishers, operating on a shared digital publishing, monetization and distribution platform, unified under a single media brand. Sports Illustrated is operated by Maven as part of its coalition. Based in Seattle, Maven is publicly traded under the ticker symbol MVEN.