Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly logo.svg
EW-Issue 1-Feb1990.jpg
Volume 1, Number 1 (February 16, 1990), cover featuring singer k.d. lang
EditorJD Heyman[1]
Former orsRick Tetzeli,[2] Jess Cagle, Matt Bean[1]
CategoriesEntertainment
FrequencyMonthly
Total circulation
(2013)
1.8 million[3]
FounderDavid Morris
First issueFebruary 16, 1990; 30 years ago (1990-02-16)
CompanyMerh Corporation
CountryUnited States
Based inNew York City
LanguageEnglish
Websiteew.com
ISSN1049-0434
OCLC21114137

Entertainment Weekly (sometimes abbreviated as EW) is an American monthly entertainment magazine based in New York City, published by Merh Corporation, that covers film, television, music, Broadway theatre, books, and popular culture. The magazine debuted on February 16, 1990, in New York City.

Different from celebrity-focused publications such as Us Weekly, People (a sister magazine to EW), and In Touch Weekly, EW primarily concentrates on entertainment media news and critical reviews. However, unlike Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, which are aimed at industry insiders, EW targets a more general audience.

History[]

Formed as a sister magazine to People, the first issue of Entertainment Weekly was published on February 16, 1990.[4][5]

Created by Jeff Jarvis and founded by Michael Klingensmith, who served as publisher until October 1996,[6] the magazine's original television advertising soliciting pre-publication subscribers portrayed it as a consumer guide to popular culture, including movies, music, and book reviews, sometimes with video game and stage reviews, too. ("the postmodern Farmers' Almanac").[clarification needed]

In 1996, the magazine won the coveted National Magazine Award for General Excellence from the American Society of Magazine Editors. EW won the same award again in 2002.[7]

In September 2016, in collaboration with People, Entertainment Weekly launched the People/Entertainment Weekly Network. The network is "a free, ad-supported, online-video network [that] carries short- and long-form programming covering celebrities, pop culture, lifestyle, and human-interest stories". It was rebranded as PeopleTV in September 2017.[8]

Beginning with the August 2019 issue, Entertainment Weekly transitioned to a monthly issue model.[9]

Bruce Gersh, president of the Merh entertainment division, which includes both EW and People, said that the cutback in print would be accompanied by deeper 24/7 digital coverage. Entertainment Weekly will still produce weekly digital “covers” and push into podcasts, and plans events and experiential offerings with stars and festivals.[10]

JD Heyman, deputy or of People, replaced Henry Goldblatt as or. About 15 people were cut as a result of the change. Previous owner Time Inc. spent $150 million developing EW after its February 1990 launch, and was rewarded for its patience when the magazine made a six-figure profit at the end of 1996, and in its peak years was cranking out $55 million in annual profit.[10]

Though still profitable before the switch to a monthly, it was squeezed in recent years as celebrity coverage exploded across all platforms and print advertising shrank. While still called a “weekly” before the switch, EW was publishing only 34 issues a year. Merh considered selling the title along with several others after it completed its $2.8 billion acquisition of Time Inc., but was convinced to keep EW in part because it was so intertwined with top money-maker People.[10]

Typical content and frequency[]

The magazine features celebrities on the cover and addresses topics such as television ratings, movie grosses, production costs, concert ticket sales, and advertising budgets, and in-depth articles about scheduling, producers, showrunners, etc.

The magazine is published once per month, although the legacy name Entertainment "Weekly" is still used.

Layout[]

Entertainment Weekly follows a typical magazine format by featuring a letters to the or and table of contents in the first few pages, while also featuring advertisements. While many advertisements are unrelated to the entertainment industry, most ads are typically related to up-and-coming television, film. or music events.[citation needed]

News and notes[]

These beginning articles open the magazine and as a rule focus on current events in pop culture. The whole section typically runs eight to ten pages long, and features short news articles and several specific recurring sections:

Feature articles[]

Typically, four to six major articles (one to two pages each) fill the middle pages of the magazine. These articles are most commonly interviews, but also it has narrative articles and lists. Feature articles tend to focus mostly on movies, music, and television and less on books and the theatre. In the magazine's history, only a few cover stories (e.g., John Grisham, Stephen King) were devoted to authors; a cover has never been solely devoted to the theater.[citation needed]

Reviews[]

Seven sections of reviews are in the back pages of each issue (together encompassing up to one-half of the magazine's pages). In addition to reviews, each reviews section has a top-sellers list, as well as numerous sidebars with interviews or small features. Unlike a number of European magazines that give their ratings with a number of stars (with normally 4 or 5 stars for the best review), EW grades the reviews academic-style, so that the highest reviews get a letter grade of "A" and the lowest reviews get an "F", with plus or minus graduations in between assigned to each letter except "F".

The sections are:

"Movies"
Typically, this section features all the major releases for that weekend, as well as several independent and foreign films that have also been released. Chris Nashawaty is the primary film critic. "Critical Mass" was a table of the grades that have also been given by a number of noted movie reviewers in the American press (such as Ty Burr from The Boston Globe, Todd McCarthy from Variety, and Roger Ebert from the Chicago Sun-Times). Also eliminated from this section was the box-office figures from the previous weekend and some sort of infographics. The A+ rating is rarely awarded by EW. Two films to have received it are Citizen Kane and My Left Foot (1989). DVDs are now profiled in the one-page "Movies on DVD" section that follows. Longtime critic Lisa Schwarzbaum left the magazine in 2013, and critic Owen Gleiberman was let go after a round of layoffs in spring 2014.[12] In 2015, it started publishing the scores of movies from Metacritic, Rotten Tomatoes, and IMDb under "Critical Mass."
"Television"
This section features reviews by critics Darren Franich and Kristen Baldwin for made-for-television films and new television programs or series, as well as some television specials. The section no longer includes the Nielsen ratings for the previous week. On the following page is typically a "TV on DVD" section, profiling releases of television films and specials or complete seasons of television shows. Current reviewers include Melissa Maerz.
"What to Watch"
Currently written by Ray Rahman, this features brief, one- or two-sentence reviews of several television programs on each night of the week, as well as one slightly longer review, usually written by someone else, with a letter grade.
"Music"
This section reviews major album releases for the week, divided by genre. Typically, at least one interview or feature is presented, as well as a section called "Download This", highlighting several singles available for download from the Internet.
"Books"
This section features reviews of books released during the week. Sometimes, authors write guest reviews of other works. Typically, one interview or spotlight feature is included in this section per issue. Bestseller lists appear at the end of this section.
"Theater"*
Reviews productions currently playing, listed by the city where they are running
"Games"*
Reviews current video game releases
"Tech"*
Reviews new websites and products, and profiles current Internet or technology phenomena
* Not in every issue.

The Bullseye[]

This section occupies the back page of the magazine, rating the "hits" and "misses" from the past week's events in popular culture on a bullseye graphic. For example, the May 22, 2009, ion featured Justin Timberlake hosting Saturday Night Live in the center, while the then-drama between Eminem and Mariah Carey missed the target completely for being "very 2002". At the time when this was printed on a small part of a page, events that were greatly disliked were shown several pages away.

Specialty issues[]

Every year, the magazine publishes several specialty issues. These issues were often published as double issues (running for two consecutive weeks). Many times these features were so long that they replaced all other feature articles.

Common specialty issues include:

The complete list of the annual "Entertainer of the Year" winners:

Thousandth issue and redesign[]

The 1,000th issue was released July 4, 2008, and included the magazine's top-100 list for movies, television shows, music videos, songs, Broadway shows, and technology of the past 25 years (1983–2008).

As of its 1,001st issue, EW drastically revamped the look, feel, and content of the publication—increasing font and picture sizes and making all columns' word count shorter.

Website[]

The magazine's website EW.com provides users with daily content, breaking news, blogs, TV recaps, original video programming, and entertainment exclusives and serves as an archive for past magazine interviews, columns, and photos. Along with a website, EW' also has a radio station on Sirius XM.[13]

In April 2011, EW.com was ranked as the seventh-most-popular entertainment news property in the United States by comScore Media Metrix.[14]

In first quarter of 2020, the magazine's website was one of the most popular and reliable sources in different languages version of Wikipedia.[15]

Poppy Awards[]

Previously named the EWwy Awards, the Poppy Awards were created by Entertainment Weekly to honor worthy series and actors not nominated for the Primetime Emmy Awards.[16] The Poppys are awarded in 10 categories and no person nominated for an equivalent Primetime Emmy is eligible. Votes and nominations are cast online by anyone who chooses to participate. The categories are: Best Drama Series, Best Comedy Series, Best Actor in a Drama Series, Best Actor in a Comedy Series, Best Actress in a Drama Series, Best Actress in a Comedy Series, Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, and Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.

Notable former contributors[]

References[]

  1. ^ a b "Entertainment Weekly To Go Monthly, Names New Editor-In-Chief". Deadline. Jun 6, 2019.
  2. ^ "EW Loses Its Top Editor". New York Post. January 7, 2009. Retrieved June 23, 2018.
  3. ^ "New York Times". The New York Times. Retrieved February 10, 2014.
  4. ^ "Top 100 U.S. Magazines by Circulation" (PDF). PSA Research Center. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 15, 2016. Retrieved February 6, 2016.
  5. ^ Sumner, David E.; Rhoades, Shirrel (2006). Magazines: A Complete Guide to the Industry. Peter Lang. p. 142. ISBN 978-0-8204-7617-9. Retrieved April 10, 2016.
  6. ^ "Mag Bag". Media Daily News. October 26, 2007.
  7. ^ "Winners and Finalists Database | ASME". www.magazine.org. Retrieved 2017-05-23.
  8. ^ Spangler, Todd. "'PeopleTV' Is New Name of Time Inc.'s Celeb and Entertainment Online Network". Variety. Retrieved April 12, 2018.
  9. ^ "Entertainment Weekly Going Monthly". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 9, 2019.
  10. ^ a b c Kelly, Keith. "Entertainment Weekly will become a monthly publication". New York Post. Retrieved 6 November 2019.
  11. ^ "Ask Libby". Entertainment Weekly. 13 January 2012. Retrieved January 2, 2017.
  12. ^ "EW Lays Off Longtime Film Critic Owen Gleiberman in Staff Purge". The Hollywood Reporter. April 2, 2014.
  13. ^ "Entertainment Weekly Radio - The latest In Pop Culture News - SiriusXM Radio". siriusxm.com. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  14. ^ "ew.com at WI. Entertainment Weekly". informer.com. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
  15. ^ Lewoniewski, Włodzimierz; Węcel, Krzysztof; Abramowicz, Witold (13 May 2020). "Modeling Popularity and Reliability of Sources in Multilingual Wikipedia". Information. 11 (5). doi:10.3390/info11050263. Retrieved 26 May 2020.
  16. ^ Bierly, Mandy (September 14, 2008). "'Mad Men,' 'John Adams,' Win Big at Creative Arts Emmys". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on October 21, 2012.

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