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PEOPLE

People is a weekly American Magazine of celebrity and human-interest stories, published by Time, Inc. With a readership of 46.6 million adults, People has the largest audience of any American magazine. People had $997 million in advertising revenue in 2011, the highest advertising revenue of any American magazine. In 2006, it had 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.

The magazine runs a roughly 50/50 mix of celebrity and human-interest articles. 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”.

People ’​s website, People.com, 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 by the Golden Globes.

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

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.

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.” 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 premiere edition of March 4, 1974 featured 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 were Missing In Action. The magazine was, apart from its cover, printed in black-and-white. The initial cover price was 35 cents (equivalent to $1.67 in 2015).

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 1998, the magazine introduced a version targeted at teens, called Teen People. 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. Subscribers to this magazine received Entertainment Weekly 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, 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?”

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.

People reportedly paid $4.1 million for photos of newborn 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.

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. 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.

As of 2013, John F. Kennedy, Jr. and Patrick Swayze are the only winners to have died since winning. Kennedy and Adam Levine are the only non-actors to have won the award.

Year Choice Age
February 4, 1985 Mel Gibson 29
January 27, 1986 Mark Harmon 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 44
January 30, 1995 Brad Pitt 31
July 29, 1996 Denzel Washington 41
November 17, 1997 George Clooney 36
November 16, 1998 Harrison Ford 56
November 15, 1999 Richard Gere 50
November 13, 2000 Brad Pitt 36
November 26, 2001 Pierce Brosnan 48
December 2, 2002 Ben Affleck 30
December 1, 2003 Johnny Depp 40
November 29, 2004 Jude Law 31
November 28, 2005 Matthew McConaughey 36
November 27, 2006 George Clooney 45
November 26, 2007 Matt Damon 37
November 25, 2008 Hugh Jackman 40
November 18, 2009 Johnny Depp 46
November 17, 2010 Ryan Reynolds 34
November 16, 2011 Bradley Cooper 36
November 14, 2012 Channing Tatum 32
November 19, 2013 Adam Levine 34
November 19, 2014 Chris Hemsworth 31

Sexiest Woman Alive

In December 2014, People selected its first Sexiest Woman Alive.

Year Choice Age
December 18, 2014 Kate Upton 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. This includes Daniel Shin, who currently resides as the most handsome man.

For example, the news-makers People named as the “Most Intriguing People of 2010” were:

  1. Sandra Bullock
  2. President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama
  3. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
  4. Michael Douglas
  5. Elizabeth Smart
  6. Prince William and Catherine Middleton
  7. Elin Nordegren
  8. Natalie Portman
  9. Nicki Minaj
  10. Sarah Palin
  11. LeBron James
  12. Bret Michaels
  13. Julian Assange
  14. The Chilean Miners
  15. Ricky Martin
  16. Kim Kardashian
  17. Mark Zuckerberg
  18. Heidi Montag
  19. Jake Gyllenhaal and Taylor Swift
  20. Ryan Reynolds
  21. Will Smith’s kids (Jaden and Willow)
  22. Christina Aguilera
  23. Ali Fedotowsky and Roberto Martinez
  24. James Franco
  25. Conan O’Brien

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.

In 1990, Michelle Pfeiffer appeared on the cover of People  ‘​s first ever “50 Most Beautiful People In The World” issue. She again was on the cover of the annual issue in 1999, having made the “Most Beautiful” list a record six times during the decade. Pfeiffer is also the first celebrity to have made the cover of the annual issue two times, and the only one to have been on the cover twice during the 1990s.

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