- People (magazine)
title = People
editor = Larry Hackett
frequency = Weekly
Celebrity, human interest, news
Time Inc.( Time Warner)
March 4, 1974
language = English
website = [http://www.people.com www.people.com]
issn = 0093-7673
"People" (full name "People Weekly") is a weekly American
magazineof celebrityand human interest stories, published by Time Inc.As of 2006, it has a circulation of 3.75 million and revenue expected to top $1.5 billion. [http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117946434?categoryid=18&cs=1&s=h&p=0 People who need people] , a July 2006 article from "Variety" magazine] It was named "Magazine of the Year" by " Advertising Age" in October 2005, for excellence in editorial, circulation and advertising. [http://www.timewarner.com/corp/newsroom/pr/0,20812,1145648,00.html Martha Nelson Named Editor, The People Group] , a January 2006 Time Warnerpress release] People ranked #6 on Advertising Age's annual "A-list" and #3 on Adweek's "Brand Blazers" list in October 2006.
The magazine runs a roughly 50/50 mix of celebrity and human interest stories, a ratio it has maintained, according to its editors,Fact|date=February 2008 since 2001.cref|a People's editors claim to refrain from printing pure celebrity gossip, enough so to lead celebrity publicists to propose exclusives to the magazine, evidence of what one staffer calls a "publicist-friendly strategy."
"People" has a website, http://www.people.com, which focuses exclusively on celebrity news. In February 2007, the website drew 39.6 million page views "within a day" of the Golden Globes. However "the mother ship of Oscar coverage" broke a site record with 51.7 million page views on the day after the Oscars, beating the previous record set just a month before from the Golden Globes. [http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/19/business/media/19oscars.html?ei=5070&en=eb4d4a33da296591&ex=1177128000&adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1176998874-81JFp4XY79gbmv17Dl/bCQ
"People" is perhaps best known for its yearly special issues naming "The Most Beautiful People", "The Best and Worst Dressed", and "The Sexiest Man Alive".
"People" was co-founded by
Dick Durrell[ [http://careerservices.class.umn.edu/WCIDWAMI_Alumni_Jobs/Founder_of_People_Magazine.html Founder of People Magazine] from a University of Minnesotawebsite] as a spin-off from the "People" page in "Time" magazine. Its first managing editor, Richard Stolley, characterized the magazine as "getting back to the people who are causing the news and who are caught up in it, or deserve to be in it. Our focus is on people, not issues." [ [http://www.time.com/time/archive/preview/0,10987,944778,00.html People's Premiere] , a March 1974 story from "Time" magazine]
It debuted in 1974, with a
March 4issue featuring actress Mia Farrow, then starring in the movie " The Great Gatsby", on the cover. That issue also featured stories on Gloria Vanderbilt, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, and the wives of U.S. Vietnam veterans who are Missing In Action. The magazine was, apart from its cover, printed in black-and-white.
In 1996 Time, Inc. launched a Spanish-language magazine entitled "
People en Español". The company has said that the new publication emerged after a 1995 issue of the original magazine was distributed with two distinct covers, one featuring the slain Tejanosinger Selenaand the other featuring the hit television series "Friends"; the Selena cover sold out while the other did not. [http://www.tufts.edu/communications/stories/022904PeopleEspanol.htm Grad Named Head of ‘People en Español’] Though the original idea was that Spanish-language translations of articles from the English magazine would comprise half the content of "People en Español" over time came to have entirely original content.
Later, the magazine introduced a version targeted at teens called "Teen People". However, on
July 27, 2006, the company announced it would shut down publication of "Teen People" with immediate effect. The last issue to be released was for September 2006. [ [http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/26/business/media/26mag.html?ex=1311566400&en=87ddebb4343277c3&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss Teen People magazine closes, but website will still continue] ] Subscribers to this magazine received Seventeen Magazine for the rest of their issues in exchange. There were numerous reasons cited for the publication shutdown, including a downfall in ad pages, competition from both other teen-oriented magazines and the internet along with a decrease in circulation numbers. [http://www.medialifemagazine.com/artman/publish/article_6217.asp "Medialifemagazine.com" ] Teenpeople.com was merged into People.com in April 2007. People.com will "carry teen-focused stories that are branded as TeenPeople.com" Mark Golin the editor of People.com explains the decision to merge the brands, "We've got traffic on TeenPeople, People is a larger site, why not combine and have the teen traffic going to one place?" [ [http://www.mediaweek.com/mw/news/recent_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003570645 TeenPeople.com to Merge Into People.com ] ]
In 2002, "People" introduced "People Stylewatch," a title focusing on celebrity style, fashion, and beauty- a newsstand extension of its Stylewatch column. Due to its success, the frequency of "People Stylewatch" was increased to 10 times per year in 2007.
Competition for celebrity photos
In a July 2006 "Variety" article, Janice Min, "
Us Weekly" editor-in-chief, blamed "People" for the increase in cost to publishers of celebrity photos::"They are among the biggest spenders of celebrity photos in the industry....One of the first things they ever did, that led to the jacking up of photo prices, was to pay $75,000 to buy pictures of Jennifer Lopezreading "Us" magazine, so "Us Weekly" couldn't buy them.:"That was the watershed moment that kicked off high photo prices in my mind. I had never seen anything like it. But they saw a competitor come along, and responded. It was a business move, and probably a smart one.""People" reportedly paid $4.1 million for newborn photos of Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt, the child of Angelina Jolieand Brad Pitt. The photos set a single-day traffic record for their website, attracting 26.5 million page views.
Recently, "Dancing with the Stars" host Samantha Harris decided to share the news of her pregnancy with "People," even before she announced it on her own show. Harris said she "ideally wanted a prestigious magazine to be the one to break it," Harris tells FBLA. " "People" breaks a lot of baby news and seems to be a reliable source. Plus, I've never had a chance to be in "People," and it was nice that they wanted to break it." [ [http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlLA/magazines/fbla_exclusive_the_anatomy_of_a_baby_story_or_who_determines_who_gets_the_scoop_56715.asp mediabistro.com: FishbowlLA ] ]
Jennifer Lopezdecided to sell photos of her twin newborn babies (a boy and girl) for $6 million to People Magazine.Fact|date=February 2008
* 100 Most Beautiful People (formerly "50 Most Beautiful People" until 2006) - This award was originally given to the 50 most beautiful celebrities (both male and female) but has now been doubled to 100. The first cover person was
* Hottest Hollywood Bachelors
exiest Man Alive
Currently an annual feature, the Sexiest Man Alive designation by the magazine is billed as a benchmark of male
attractiveness. It is determined in a similar procedure to "Time"'s Person of the Year. The origin of the title was a discussion on a planned story on Mel Gibson. A female editor exclaimed, "Oh my God, he is the sexiest man alive!" And someone else said, "You should use that as a cover line." [Argetsinger, Amy; Roberts, Roxanne ( November 19, 2007), [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/11/19/AR2007111900024.html "Matt Damon??!!! We Demand to Differ!"] . "The Washington Post". Retrieved 2008-01-31]
For the first decade or so, the feature appeared at uneven intervals. Originally awarded in the wintertime, it shifted around the calendar, resulting in gaps as short as seven months and as long as a year and a half (with no selection at all during 1994). Since 1997, the dates have settled between mid-November and early December.
Dates of magazine issues, winners, ages of winners at the time of selection, and pertinent comments are listed below.
Best selling issues
September 11, 2001: The Day that Shook America ( September 24, 2001Issue)
*2. Goodbye, Diana (
September 22, 1997Issue)
*3. JFK Jr. — Charmed Life, Tragic Death (
August 2, 1999Issue)
* [http://www.people.com/people People] Online issue
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