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Editor Larry Hackett
Categories Celebrity, human interest, news
First issue March 4, 1974
Company Time Inc. (Time Warner)
Country United States
Language English
Website People
ISSN 0093-7673

People (original name People Weekly) is a weekly American magazine of celebrity and human-interest stories, published by Time Inc.[1] As of 2006, it has a circulation of 3.75 million and revenue expected to top $1.5 billion.[2] It was named "Magazine of the Year" by Advertising Age in October 2005, for excellence in editorial, circulation and advertising.[3] 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.[1] 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."[2]

People has a website,, which focuses exclusively on celebrity news.[1][3] 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.[4]

People is perhaps best known for its yearly special issues naming "Most Beautiful People", "The Best Dressed", and "The Sexiest Man Alive".

The magazine maintains a single editorial bureau in Los Angeles. Due to economic reasons it has recently closed bureaus in New York City, Austin, Miami, Chicago, and London.[2][3]



People was co-founded by Dick Durrell and Matthew Maynard [5] 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."[6]

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.[2] 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.[7] 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[8].

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.

In Australia, the localized version of People is titled Who because of a pre-existing lad's mag published under the title People.


Teen People

Teen People

Teen People April 2006
Managing Editor Christina Ferrari
Barbara O'Dair
Categories Celebrity
Frequency Monthly
First issue 1998
Final issue September, 2006
Company Time Inc. (Time Warner)
Country  United States
Language English
Website [1]

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.[9] 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.[10] was merged into in April 2007. will "carry teen-focused stories that are branded as", Mark Golin the editor of 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?"[11]

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 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."[2]

People reportedly paid $4.1 million for newborn photos of Shiloh Nouvel Jolie-Pitt, the child of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.[2] The photos set a single-day traffic record for their website, attracting 26.5 million page views.[2]

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."[12]

Recently Jennifer Lopez decided to sell photos of her twin newborn babies (a boy and girl) for $6 million to People Magazine.[citation needed]

Sexiest 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."[13]

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.

Year Choice Age Notes
1985-02-04 Mel Gibson   29 First person chosen
1986-01-27 Mark Harmon[14]   34
1987-03-30 Harry Hamlin   35
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.
1990-07-23 Tom Cruise   28
1991-07-23 Patrick Swayze   39
1992-03-16 Nick Nolte   51
1993-10-19 Richard Gere
Cindy Crawford
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
1998-11-16 Harrison Ford   56
1999-11-15 Richard Gere   50 First two-time winner
2000-11-13 Brad Pitt   36 First two-time solo winner
2001-11-26 Pierce Brosnan   48
2002-12-02 Ben Affleck   30
2003-12-01 Johnny Depp   40 First of two awards
2004-11-29 Jude Law   31
2005-11-28 Matthew McConaughey   36
2006-11-27 George Clooney   45 Second win
2007-11-26 Matt Damon   37
2008-11-25 Hugh Jackman   40
2009-11-18 Johnny Depp   46 Second win


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

  1. ^ a b c "People Magazine Subscription Versus Online Web Site",, September 2008, webpage: art-base-people-mag: states magazine is half "celebrity" news and half "human interest".
  2. ^ a b c d e f g People who need people, a July 2006 article from Variety magazine.
  3. ^ a b c Martha Nelson Named Editor, The People Group, a January 2006 Time Warner press release.
  4. ^<Media Industry News letter, March 2006>
  5. ^ Founder of People Magazine from a University of Minnesota website
  6. ^ People's Premiere, a March 1974 story from Time magazine
  7. ^ "Grad Named Head of People en Español." February 29, 2004.
  8. ^ People En Espanol: Spanish Magazine
  9. ^ "Teen People magazine closes, but website will still continue." New York Times. July 26, 2006.
  10. ^
  11. ^ to Merge Into
  12. ^ FishbowlLA
  13. ^ Argetsinger, Amy; Roberts, Roxanne. "Matt Damon??!!! We Demand to Differ!" The Washington Post. November 19, 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  14. ^,,20237714_20154495_20349092,00.html


  • "People Magazine Subscription Versus Online Web Site",, September 2008, webpage (CPU-bound): art-base-people-mag.

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