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The publishing industry knows ‘winter is coming.’

All four major magazine editors, at Vanity Fair, Elle, Glamour and Time, respectively, have stepped down from their positions within the month of September.

“This is a coincidence that it’s all happening at once, not deliberate coordination between the companies,” said Peter Kreisky, a media industry strategist. “But it does send a signal about the future of the magazine industry.”

Replacements for Carter and Leive have yet to be announced. But digitally focused or easily recognizable names will likely fill Myers and Gibbs’s shoes. Nina Garcia, who until recently was the creative director for Marie Claire and best known as a judge on Project Runway, will be Elle’s new editor in chief. Edward Felsenthal, Time Inc’s digital director, is replacing Gibbs.

“If the folks leaving are the cream of the crop, then the industry has looked over the wall and seen that winter is coming,” Kreisky said, using the oft-quoted Game of Thrones testament of pending doom.

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