More bloodshed from the Doomsday trenches: Nikki Finke has word that "as much as half of the Hollywood Reporter staff" faces downsizing today, with TV writers Barry Garron and Kimberly Nordyke already pink-slipped alongside editors Harley Lond and Randee Cohen. And a tipster just sent a memo confirming that People Magazine has upheld its bicoastal execution orders issued a month ago, concluding 18 buyouts and/or "staff reductions" right on schedule with the pop-culture apocalypse. Nice. The memo follows the jump.

—-—Original Message—-—
From: [redacted]
Sent: Thu 12/4/2008 6:02 PM
Subject: Staff update

To the staff:

I wanted to let you all know that People editorial has completed the staff reductions spelled out in my Nov. 11 memo. I want to thank everyone for their cooperation.

Please join me in wishing our friends and colleagues the best, and celebrating their contributions to the People brand.