|Categories||Celebrity, human interest, news|
|First issue||March 4, 1974|
|Company||Time Inc. (Time Warner)|
People (original name People Weekly) is a weekly American magazine of celebrity and 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. It was named "Magazine of the Year" by Advertising Age in October 2005, for excellence in editorial, circulation and advertising. 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. 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.
People is perhaps best known for its yearly special issues naming "Most Beautiful People", "The Best Dressed", and "The Sexiest Man Alive".
People was co-founded by Dick Durrell and Matthew Maynard  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."
It debuted in 1974, with a March 4 issue 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 Tejano singer Selena and the other featuring the hit television series Friends; the Selena cover sold out while the other did not. 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.
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.
Teen People April 2006
|Managing Editor||Christina Ferrari
|Final issue||September, 2006|
|Company||Time Inc. (Time Warner)|
In 1998, 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 immediately. The last issue to be released was scheduled for September 2006. 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. 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, with 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?"
People reportedly paid $4.1 million for newborn photos of Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt, the child of Angelina Jolie and 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."
Recently Jennifer Lopez decided to sell photos of her twin newborn babies (a boy and girl) for $6 million to People Magazine.
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."
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.
|1985-02-04||Mel Gibson||29||First person chosen|
|1988-09-12||John F. Kennedy, Jr.||27||Longest gap between selections: eighteen months. Was the youngest winner. Only non-actor to win.|
|1989-12-16||Sean Connery||59||Oldest person to win the title.|
|People took a one-year hiatus from Sexiest Man and instead awarded Sexiest Couple|
|1995-01-30||Brad Pitt||31||First of two awards|
|1996-07-29||Denzel Washington||41||First and only African American winner|
|1997-11-17||George Clooney||36||First of two awards|
|1999-11-15||Richard Gere||50||First two-time winner|
|2000-11-13||Brad Pitt||36||First two-time solo winner|
|2003-12-01||Johnny Depp||40||First of two awards|
|2006-11-27||George Clooney||45||Second win|
|2009-11-18||Johnny Depp||46||Second win|
^ a: The ratio, according to Variety, is 53% to 47%.