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People
People Magazine logo.svg
People Magazine cover december 2014.jpg
The edition of November 28, 2016 of People, featuring Dwayne Johnson
EditorJess Cagle [1]
Categories Celebrity, human interest, news
Total circulation
(2013)
3,527,541 [2]
First issueMarch 4, 1974;44 years ago (1974-03-04)
Company Time Inc. / Meredith Corporation
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Website www.people.com
ISSN 0093-7673
OCLC number 794712888

People is an American weekly magazine of celebrity and human-interest stories, published by Time Inc., a subsidiary of the Meredith Corporation. [3] With a readership of 46.6 million adults, People has the largest audience of any American magazine. [4] People had $997 million in advertising revenue in 2011, the highest advertising revenue of any American magazine. [5] In 2006, it had a circulation of 3.75 million and revenue expected to top $1.5 billion. [6] It was named "Magazine of the Year" by Advertising Age in October 2005, for excellence in editorial, circulation, and advertising. [7] People ranked number 6 on Advertising Age's annual "A-list" and number 3 on Adweek's "Brand Blazers" list in October 2006.

A magazine is a publication, usually a periodical publication, which is printed or electronically published. Magazines are generally published on a regular schedule and contain a variety of content. They are generally financed by advertising, by a purchase price, by prepaid subscriptions, or a combination of the three.

Celebrity is the fame and public attention accorded by the mass media to individuals or groups or, occasionally, animals, but is usually applied to the persons or groups of people themselves who receive such a status of fame and attention. Celebrity status is often associated with wealth, while fame often provides opportunities to earn revenue.

In journalism, a human interest story is a feature story that discusses a person, or people, or a pet in an emotional way. It presents people and their problems, concerns, or achievements in a way that brings about interest, sympathy or motivation in the reader or viewer. Human interest stories are a type of soft news.

Contents

The magazine runs a roughly 50/50 mix of celebrity and human-interest articles. a[] People's editors claim to refrain from printing pure celebrity gossip, enough to lead celebrity publicists to propose exclusives to the magazine, and evidence of what one staffer calls a "publicist-friendly strategy". [6]

Gossip magazines are magazines that feature scandalous stories about the personal lives of celebrities and other well-known individuals. This genre of magazine flourished in North America in the 1950s and early 1960s. The title Confidential alone boasted a monthly circulation in excess of ten million, and it had many competitors, with names such as Whisper, Dare, Suppressed, The Lowdown, Hush-Hush, and Uncensored. These magazines included more lurid and explicit content than did the popular newspaper gossip columnists of the time, including tales of celebrity homosexuality and illegal drug use.

People's website, People.com, focuses on celebrity news and human interest stories. [7] In February 2015, the website broke a new record: 72 million unique visitors. [8] [9] [ not in citation given ]

People is perhaps best known for its yearly special issues naming the "World's Most Beautiful", "Best & Worst Dressed", and "Sexiest Man Alive". The magazine's headquarters are in New York, and it maintains editorial bureaux in Los Angeles and in London. For economic reasons, it closed bureaus in Austin, Miami, and Chicago in 2006. [6] [7]

Miami City in Florida, United States

Miami, officially the City of Miami, is the cultural, economic and financial center of South Florida. Miami is the seat of Miami-Dade County, the most populous county in Florida. The city covers an area of about 56.6 square miles (147 km2), between the Everglades to the west and Biscayne Bay on the east; with a 2017 estimated population of 463,347, Miami is the sixth most densely populated major city in the United States. The Miami metropolitan area is home to 6.1 million people and the seventh-largest metropolitan area in the nation. Miami's metro area is the second-most populous metropolis in the southeastern United States and fourth-largest urban area in the U.S.

Chicago City in Illinois, United States

Chicago, officially the City of Chicago, is the most populous city in Illinois and the third most populous city in the United States. As of the 2017 census-estimate, it has a population of 2,716,450, which makes it the most populous city in the Midwestern United States. Chicago is the county seat of Cook County, the second most populous county in the United States, and the principal city of the Chicago metropolitan area, which is often referred to as "Chicagoland." The Chicago metropolitan area, at nearly 10 million people, is the third-largest in the United States, the fourth largest in North America, and the third largest metropolitan area in the world by land area.

History

The concept for People has been attributed to Andrew Heiskell, Time Inc.'s chief executive officer at the time and the former publisher of the weekly Life magazine. The founding managing editor of People was Richard B. (Dick) Stolley, a former assistant managing editor at Life and the journalist who acquired the Zapruder tapes of the John F. Kennedy assassination for Time Inc. in 1963. People's first publisher was Richard J. (Dick) Durrell, another Time Inc. veteran.[ citation needed ]

Andrew Heiskell American publisher

Andrew Heiskell was chairman and CEO of Time Inc. (1960–1980), and also known for his philanthropy, for organizations including the New York Public Library. He was President of the Inter American Press Association (1961–1962).

<i>Life</i> (magazine) American magazine

Life was an American magazine published weekly until 1972, as an intermittent "special" until 1978, and as a monthly from 1978 to 2000. During its golden age from 1936 to 1972, Life was a wide-ranging weekly general interest magazine known for the quality of its photography.

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." [10] Stolley's almost religious determination to keep the magazine people-focused contributed significantly to its rapid early success. It is said that although Time Inc. pumped an estimated $40 million into the venture, the magazine only broke even 18 months after its debut in March 1974. Initially, the magazine was sold primarily on newsstands and in supermarkets. To get the magazine out each week, founding staff members regularly slept on the floor of their offices two or three nights each week and severely limited all non-essential outside engagements. The premier edition for the week ending March 4, 1974 featured actress Mia Farrow, then starring in the film 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 were Missing In Action. [6] The magazine was, apart from its cover, printed in black-and-white. The initial cover price was 35 cents (equivalent to $1.78in 2018).

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The core of the small founding editorial team included other editors, writers, photographers and photo editors from Life magazine, which had ceased publication just 13 months earlier. This group included managing editor Stolley, senior editors Hal Wingo (father of ESPN anchor Trey Wingo), Sam Angeloff (the founding managing editor of Us magazine) and Robert Emmett Ginna (later a producer of films); writers James Watters (a theater reviewer) and Ronald B. Scott (later a biographer of Presidential candidate Mitt Romney); former Time senior editor Richard Burgheim (later the founder of Time's ill-fated cable television magazine View); Chief of Photography, a Life photographer, John Loengard, to be succeeded by John Dominus, a noteworthy Life staff photographer; and design artist Bernard Waber, author and illustrator of the Lyle The Crocodile book series for children. Many of the noteworthy Life photographers contributed to the magazine as well, including legends Alfred Eisenstaedt and Gjon Mili and rising stars Co Rentmeester, David Burnett and Bill Eppridge. Other members of the first editorial staff included editors and writers: Ross Drake, Ralph Novak, Bina Bernard, James Jerome, Sally Moore, Mary Vespa, Lee Wohlfert, Joy Wansley, Curt Davis, Clare Crawford-Mason, [11] and Jed Horne, later an editor of The Times-Picayune in New Orleans.

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 murdered Tejano singer Selena and the other featuring the hit television series Friends ; the Selena cover sold out while the other did not. [12] Although the original idea was that Spanish-language translations of articles from the English magazine would comprise half the content, People en Español over time came to have entirely original content.

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.[ citation needed ] In spring 2017, People Stylewatch was rebranded as PeopleStyle. In late 2017, it was announced that there would no longer be a print version of PeopleStyle and it would be a digital-only publication.

In Australia, the localized version of People is titled Who because of a pre-existing lad's mag published under the title People . The international edition of People has been published in Greece since 2010.[ citation needed ]

On July 26, 2013, Outlook Group announced that it was closing down the Indian edition of People, which began publication in 2008. [13] [14]

In September 2016, in collaboration with Entertainment Weekly , People launched the People/Entertainment Weekly Network. The network is "a free, ad-supported online-video network carries short- and long-form programming covering celebrities, pop culture, lifestyle and human-interest stories". It was rebranded as PeopleTV in September 2017. [15]

In December 2016, LaTavia Roberson engaged in a feud with People after alleging they misquoted and misrepresented her interview online. [16] [17] [18]

Teen People

Teen People
Nickteenpeople.jpg
Teen People cover, April 2006
Managing EditorNiraj Biswal
Barbara O'Dair
Categories Celebrity
FrequencyMonthly
First issueFebruary 1998
Final issueSeptember 2006
Company Time Inc. (Time Warner)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
ISSN 1096-2832

In 1998, the magazine introduced a version targeted at teens, called Teen People. [19] However, on July 27, 2006 the company announced that it would shut down publication of Teen People immediately. The last issue to be released was scheduled for September 2006. [20] In exchange subscribers to this magazine received Entertainment Weekly for the rest of their subscriptions. 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. [21] 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 explained, and on the decision to merge the brands he said, "We've got traffic on TeenPeople, People is a larger site, why not combine and have the teen traffic going to one place?" [22]

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 largest 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 Lopez reading 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. [6]

People reportedly paid $4.1 million for photos of newborn Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt, the child of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. [6] The photos set a single-day traffic record for their website, attracting 26.5 million page views. [6]

Sexiest Man Alive

The annual feature the "Sexiest Man Alive" is billed as a benchmark of male attractiveness and typically includes only famous people and celebrities. It is determined using a procedure similar to the procedure used for Time's Person of the Year. The origin of the title was a discussion on a planned story on Mel Gibson. Someone exclaimed, "Oh my God, he is the sexiest man alive!" And someone else said, "You should use that as a cover line." [23]

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 (21 years later the magazine did select Keanu Reeves to fill the 1994 gap, with runners-up including Hugh Grant and Jim Carrey). 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.

As of 2016, John F. Kennedy, Jr. and Patrick Swayze are the only winners to have died. Kennedy, Adam Levine, David Beckham, and Blake Shelton are the only non-actors to have won the award.

YearChoiceAge
February 4, 1985 Mel Gibson 29
January 27, 1986 Mark Harmon [24] 34
March 30, 1987 Harry Hamlin 35
September 12, 1988 John F. Kennedy, Jr. 27
December 16, 1989 Sean Connery 59
July 23, 1990 Tom Cruise 28
July 22, 1991 Patrick Swayze 38
March 16, 1992 Nick Nolte 51
October 19, 1993 Richard Gere (1) and Cindy Crawford [25]
(Sexiest Couple Alive)
44
1994
(awarded on
November 18, 2015)
Keanu Reeves 30
(at the time)
January 30, 1995 Brad Pitt (1)31
July 29, 1996 Denzel Washington 41
November 17, 1997 George Clooney (1)36
November 16, 1998 Harrison Ford 56
November 15, 1999 Richard Gere (2)50
November 13, 2000 Brad Pitt (2)36
November 26, 2001 Pierce Brosnan 48
December 2, 2002 Ben Affleck 30
December 1, 2003 Johnny Depp (1)40
November 29, 2004 Jude Law 31
November 28, 2005 Matthew McConaughey [26] 36
November 27, 2006 George Clooney (2) [27] 45
November 26, 2007 Matt Damon [28] 37
November 25, 2008 Hugh Jackman [29] 40
November 18, 2009 Johnny Depp (2) [30] 46
November 17, 2010 Ryan Reynolds [31] 34
November 16, 2011 Bradley Cooper [32] 36
November 14, 2012 Channing Tatum [33] 32
November 19, 2013 Adam Levine [34] 34
November 19, 2014 Chris Hemsworth [35] 31
November 17, 2015 David Beckham [36] 40
November 15, 2016 Dwayne Johnson [37] 44
November 27, 2017 Blake Shelton [38] 41
November 5, 2018 Idris Elba 46

Sexiest Woman Alive

In December 2014, People selected its first and only Sexiest Woman Alive. [39] No later People Sexiest Women of the Year were announced. Cindy Crawford alongside Richard Gere had been declared "Sexiest Couple of the Year" on October 19, 1993 as a departure from the magazine's annual "Sexiest Man of the Year" award.

YearChoiceAge
December 25, 2014 Kate Upton [39] 22

Most Intriguing People of the Year

At the end of each year People magazine famously selects 25 news-making individuals or couples who have received a lot of media attention over the past 12 months and showcases them in a special year-end issue, the '25 Most Intriguing People of the Year'. This series of full-page features and half-page featurettes includes world leaders and political activists, famous actors and entertainers, elite athletes, prominent business people, accomplished scientists and occasionally members of the public whose stories have made an unusual impact in news or tabloid media. [40]

100 Most Beautiful People

People's 100 Most Beautiful People is an annual list of 100 people judged to be the most beautiful individuals in the world. Until 2006, it was the 50 Most Beautiful People.

Julia Roberts holds the record for most times named, with five. [41] Michelle Pfeiffer and Jennifer Aniston have appeared twice.

Number Ones of Most Beautiful People

YearNameAge
June 1, 1990 Michelle Pfeiffer (1)32
June 7, 1991 Julia Roberts (1)23
May 4, 1992 Jodie Foster 29
May 3, 1993 Cindy Crawford 27
May 8, 1994 Meg Ryan 32
May 8, 1995 Courteney Cox 30
May 8, 1996 Mel Gibson 40
May 12, 1997 Tom Cruise 34
May 12, 1998 Leonardo DiCaprio 23
May 14, 1999 Michelle Pfeiffer (2)41
May 8, 2000 Julia Roberts (2)32
May 14, 2001 Catherine Zeta-Jones 31
May 13, 2002 Nicole Kidman 34
May 12, 2003 Halle Berry 36
May 30, 2004 Jennifer Aniston (1)35
May 8, 2005 Julia Roberts (3)37
April 28, 2006 Angelina Jolie 30
April 27, 2007 Drew Barrymore 32
May 2, 2008 Kate Hudson 29
May 11, 2009 Christina Applegate 37
April 30, 2010 Julia Roberts (4)42
April 15, 2011 Jennifer Lopez 41
April 27, 2012 Beyoncé Knowles 30
April 26, 2013 Gwyneth Paltrow 40
May 5, 2014 Lupita Nyong'o 31
April 24, 2015 Sandra Bullock 50
April 20, 2016 Jennifer Aniston (2)47
April 19, 2017 Julia Roberts (5)49
April 18, 2018 Pink 38

Notes

^  a: The ratio, according to Variety, is 53% to 47%.

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FHM India is the Indian edition of the British monthly men's lifestyle magazine called FHM. It is now published in India by TCG Media Limited and is the 32nd international edition of FHM. The first issue was launched in the October 2007 with Ujjwala Raut - India's most successful overseas supermodel on the cover.

Robert Pattinson English actor

Robert Douglas Thomas Pattinson is an English actor, model and musician. He started his film career by playing Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in 2005. He later got the leading role of vampire Edward Cullen in the film adaptations of the Twilight novels by Stephenie Meyer, which consisted of five films between 2008 and 2012 that combined grossed over $3.3 billion in worldwide receipts. Twilight brought Pattinson worldwide fame, and established him among the highest paid and most bankable actors in Hollywood. In 2010, Pattinson was named one of TIME magazine's 100 most influential people in the world, and also in the same year Forbes ranked him as one of the most powerful celebrities in the world in the Forbes Celebrity 100.

Mikhail Varshavski Russian–American celebrity doctor

Mikhail Varshavski, DO, commonly known as Doctor Mike, is a Russian–American celebrity doctor. He works in a family medicine practice in New Jersey. Born in what is now Russia, he immigrated with his family to the US when he was five years old, and eventually followed his father into the field of medicine. His Instagram account went "viral" after he was featured in Buzzfeed and in People magazine's 2015 issue of The Sexiest Man Alive. He has a YouTube channel that provides medically-themed edutainment, as well as popular accounts on various other social media platforms. His foundation, Limitless Tomorrow, provides scholarships.