Different from celebrity-focused publications like
* 1 History
* 2 Typical content and frequency
* 2.1 Layout
* 2.1.1 News and notes * 2.1.2 Feature articles * 2.1.3 Reviews * 2.1.4 The Bullseye
* 2.2 Specialty issues
* 3 Thousandth issue and redesign * 4 Website * 5 Poppy Awards * 6 Notable former contributors * 7 References * 8 External links
The first issue was published on February 16, 1990, and featured singer k.d. lang on its cover. The cover price was $1.95 (equivalent to $3.57 today) The title word entertainment was not capitalized on the cover until mid-1992 and has remained so since. By 2003, the magazine's weekly circulation averaged 1.7 million copies per week. In March 2006, managing editor Rick Tetzeli oversaw an overhaul of EW's graphics and layout to reflect a more-modern look.
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.
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, ad budgets, and in-depth articles about scheduling, producers, showrunners, etc.
It publishes several "double issues" each year (usually in January, May, June and/or August) that are available on newsstands for two weeks; because the magazine numbers its issues sequentially, it counts each double issue as "two" issues so that it can fulfil its marketing claim of 52 issues per year for subscribers.
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, as well as several specific recurring sections:
* "THE MUST LIST" is a two-page spread highlighting ten things (books, movies, songs, etc.) that the staff loves from the week; it usually features one pick from EW readers. * "FIRST LOOK", subtitled "An early peek at some of Hollywood's coolest projects", is a two-page spread with behind-the-scenes or publicity stills of upcoming movies, television episodes or music events. * "THE HIT LIST", written each week by critic Scott Brown, highlights ten major events, with short comedic commentaries by Brown. Typically, there will be some continuity to the commentaries. This column was originally written by Jim Mullen and featured twenty events each week, and Dalton Ross later wrote an abbreviated version. * "THE HOLLYWOOD INSIDER" is a one-page section that reports breaking news in entertainment. It gives details, in the separate columns, on the most-current news in television, movie and music. * "THE STYLE REPORT" is a one-page section devoted to celebrity style . Because its focus is on celebrity fashion or lifestyle, it is graphically rich in nature, featuring many photographs or other images. Recently, the page converted to a new format: five pictures of celebrity fashions for the week, graded on the magazine's review "A"-to-"F" scale (see Reviews section below). A spin-off section, "STYLE HUNTER", which finds reader-requested articles of clothing or accessories that have appeared in pop culture recently, appears frequently. * "THE MONITOR" is a two-page spread devoted to major events in celebrity lives with small paragraphs highlighting events such as weddings, illnesses, arrests, court appearances, and deaths. Deaths of major celebrities are typically detailed in a one-half- or full-page obituary titled "LEGACY". This feature is nearly identical to sister publication People 's "Passages" feature.
* The "CELEBRITY" column, the final section of "News and Notes", is devoted to a different column each week, written by two of the magazine's more-prominent writers:
* "THE FINAL CUT" is written by former executive editor and author
Mark Harris . Harris' column focuses on analyzing current
popular-culture events, and is generally the most serious of the
columns. Harris has written about the writer's strike and the 2008
presidential election, among other topics.
* "BINGE THINKING" was written by screenwriter
There are typically four to six major articles (one to two pages
each) within the middle pages of the magazine. These articles are most
commonly interviews , but there are also narrative articles as well as
lists. Feature articles tend to focus mostly on movies, music and
television and less on books and the theatre. In the magazine's
history, there have only been a few cover stories (e.g., John Grisham
There are seven sections of reviews 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 will 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 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
Ty Burr from
The Boston Globe , Todd McCarthy from Variety and
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, edition featured
Every year the magazine publishes several specialty issues. These issues are often published as double issues (running for two consecutive weeks). Many times these features are so long that they replace all other feature articles.
Common specialty issues include:
* Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter Preview issues: Generally each
quarter the magazine reports on upcoming releases in movies, music,
television, live shows and books. Typically the summer issue's focus
will be on upcoming movies only unless major television series or
events, music releases or book releases are occurring then.
* The Photo issue: Once a year, an issue is dedicated to featuring
(aside from the normal reviews and news content) only photographs of
celebrities. Unlike tabloid issues, these photographs done with the
celebrities' cooperation, and often they use some form of artistic
expression. A wide variety of celebrities have been used, including
Green Day ,
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.
The magazine's website EW.com, under executive editor Chris Rosen
provides users with daily content, breaking news , blogs , original
video programming, entertainment exclusives and serves as an archive
for past magazine interviews, columns and photos. Along with a
website, they also have a radio station on
In April 2011, EW.com was ranked as the seventh most popular
Previously named the EWwy Awards, the Poppy Awards was created by
NOTABLE FORMER CONTRIBUTORS
* ^ "Henry Goldblatt, a longtime veteran at EW moving back to his old job as editor". New York Post. Jan 30, 2015. * ^ "New York Times". New York Times . Retrieved February 10, 2014.
* ^ "Top 100 U.S. Magazines by Circulation" (PDF). PSA Research Center. Retrieved February 6, 2016. * ^ 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. * ^ "Mag Bag". Media Daily News. October 26, 2007. * ^ "Winners and Finalists Database ASME". www.magazine.org. Retrieved 2017-05-23. * ^ "Ask Libby". ew.com. 13 January 2012. Retrieved 2 January 2017.
* ^ "EW Lays Off Longtime
* Anne Helen Petersen (June 10, 2014). "The Trials of Entertainment Weekly: One Magazine\'s 24 Years of Corporate Torture". The Awl. Retrieved June 19, 2014.