Hooters Magazine, like some other branding mags, subcontracts out to a graphics firm based in FL - Third Rail. Third Rail seems to be having some issue paying freelancers - they owe me more than $1,000 and have for months, and their previous Managing Editor is pursuing them for something like $10,000. I believe there are four more writers out there, unable to pursue them in court because it's just not worth the time and expense. When some of us made a stink, we were all sent "cease and desist" letters from their lawyer, stating that we were tryng to interfere with their business. I don't care about their business; I care about writers getting paid.
I have seen recent call outs from them for more writers (because we're all quitting when they won't pay) and I want to give a head's up to freelancers who might get pulled in. Then again, they might pay you - it's hard to tell what the game plan is. Just proceed with caution!