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People Accounts for 20 Percent of Time Inc.’s Revenue

A lot of people are dependent on People. The glossy — according to magazine consultant John Harrington  raked in about $1.5 billion last year; meaning it accounts for 20 percent of Time Inc.’s revenue.

With that much riding on one magazine, Harrington told The New York Times that People needs to adapt, and do so quickly. “It’s got to do something that is uniquely different from what it used to do because that information is available so much quicker from other sources,” he said.

Despite People being Time Inc.’s best performing brand, Jess Cagle, People’s editor, insisted he’s not stressed. “I certainly don’t think that I am responsible for the survival of Time,” he told the Times.

No word on what everyone else at the publisher thinks.

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Andrea Dunham Named People Creative Director

Andrea Dunham has been promoted to creative director of People. Dunham has been with the magazine since 2010, serving as design director.

Prior to joining People, Dunham severed as Women’s Health’s creative director for five years. She previously held roles at Inc. and New York.

Dunham’s appointment is effective immediately. She reports to Jess Cagle, People’s editorial director.

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Amazon Announces Set-Top Box ‘Fire TV’ (LostRemote)
Amazon continues its quest to become more than an e-commerce powerhouse, announcing Wednesday a set-top box that allows HDTV viewers to connect to Amazon’s video offerings. Mashable The set-top device, called Amazon Fire TV, will be sold for $99. It is a small flat box with a remote control. The hardware aims to take on the Apple TV, Roku and even the Xbox One. The Internet-connected set-top box, which uses voice search when you speak into the remote and also serves as a gaming console, was announced during a launch event in New York City on Wednesday with Amazon VP Peter Larsen playing master of ceremonies, not CEO and founder Jeff Bezos. WSJ The new Fire TV is an ambitious move by Amazon to break into the living room. Amazon offers a streaming-video service to its Prime subscribers, but until now has been largely dependent on other hardware manufacturers to deliver that content to televisions. Sales of streaming media devices such as Roku are expected to grow 24 percent this year, according to market researcher Strategy Analytics. Apple currently leads the market, followed by Roku and Google, the firm said. NYT Fire TV will show a range of content from other providers, including Hulu, Netflix and ESPN. With a separate $40 controller, it can be used to play games, including a version of the extremely popular Minecraft. Among the improvements and enhancements promoted for Fire TV: a voice search function that allows users to utter a name like “George Clooney” or a genre like “horror” and see results instantly pop up, and a prediction feature that knows what you want and queues it up. THR The small black box began shipping Wednesday, Larsen told a crowd of reporters. It has a premium price point in line with Apple TV. Roku, meanwhile, costs as low as $50 and Chromecast retails for $35.

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Jess Cagle’s First Big People Mag Decision: No More Unsanctioned Celebrity Kid Pics

JessCaglePicThis is quite honestly the best thing we’ve read in weeks. It’s also an editorial directive that should compel Alec Baldwin to WOOT! loud enough to be heard in suburbia.

Incoming People magazine editorial director Jess Cagle today explains how he quickly decided after arriving in January that the publication would no longer make use of guerilla-style photos of the young sons and daughters of celebrities. From his Editor’s Letter:

The editors at People have always been careful when dealing with photos of kids, but in the past few months our sensitivity has been significantly heightened, and our editorial practices have changed accordingly. When I took over as editorial director in January, I told our staff that People would not publish photos of celebs’ kids taken against their parents’ wishes, in print or online.

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Matt Bean Named Editor-in-Chief of Entertainment Weekly

Matt Bean GMatt Bean has been named the new editor-in-chief of Entertainment Weekly. Bean was most recently managing editor of SportsIllustrated.com, a role he held since 2012. Prior to joining SI, Bean worked as an editor and digital exec at Rodale for eight years.

Bean succeeds Jess Cagle, who was promoted to editorial director of People and Entertainment Weekly in January.

“Matt’s arrival is a testament to Time Inc.’s confidence in EW,’’ said Cagle, in a statement. “He is a uniquely talented editor well-suited to this unique brand, and it will be a thrill to see where he and the extraordinary staff take EW in the years to come.”

Jess Cagle Talks Shop

JessCaglePicJess Cagle, the newly crowned editor of People and editorial director of Entertainment Weekly, has a lot on his plate this year. People had a nice 2013, but as Time Inc. prepares to be spun-off from Time Warner, Cagle will be steering the biggest ship in the fleet.

Cagle spoke with Adweek about what lies ahead for Time Inc. and People, and below are some highlights.

On keeping People’s newsstand sales strong:

I don’t know that you can reverse the newsstand decline. However, newsstand is incredibly important, especially for People. I will go from being not that concerned about newsstand to very concerned about newsstand. I think I can do it; I just think I’ve got to be focused on it.

On the new Time Inc. policy that will have newsroom staffers reporting directly to business execs:

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Jess Cagle Gets Two BIG Promotions

JessCaglePicWhen we spoke last spring with EW managing editor Jess Cagle, he was getting ready to juggle those duties with some 24/7 Sirius XM overseeing. A year later, there’s a whole lot more on this talented and well-liked journalist’s plate.

Per a report this morning from Capital New York’s Joe Pompeo, Cagle has been promoted to editorial director of EW and given the reins of sister publication People as editor. He replaces Larry Hackett:

The announcement was made this morning by David Geithner, president of Time Inc.’s style and entertainment group, and Norm Pearlstine, the company’s chief content officer, in a memo obtained by Capital.

It is the first sign of major rumblings that are expected to rock Time Inc. this year as the company prepares to be spun off from Time Warner.

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Tina Fey, Husband Set for Weekend Town Hall

As EW managing editor Jess Cagle recently explained to us, the magazine’s brand new 24/7 SIRIUS channel kicked off with a Hugh Jackman town hall discussion, moderated by Cagle. This weekend, the town hall fun continues.

This time, the discussion is with Tina Fey and husband Jeff Richmond. It was taped June 27 at the satellite broadcaster’s Avenue of the Americas studios and is hosted by SIRIUS XM’s Seth Rudetsky. The program will premiere on the Stars Channel (#106) at 9 a.m. ET Saturday July 6 and then repeat at various times on both that channel and EW‘s.

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Movie Stars Don’t Sell Magazines Anymore

It used to be that the best way for editors to get their magazines to fly off the shelf was to plaster a picture of a movie star on the cover. However, the New York Times reports that things are changing. Now readers are more likely to buy a magazine featuring a reality TV star or a musician than say, George Clooney.

Blame the uprise in quality TV. “Movie stars are less revered than they used to be, and also audiences have shifted their allegiance in large part to television,” Jess Cagle, managing editor of Entertainment Weekly, explained to the Times.

A few examples: In 2012, Glamour’s best-selling issue featured Lauren Conrad on the cover; Lady Gaga sold the most copies for Vogue; and three out of the five best-selling Cosmo’s had TV “stars” on them, like Demi Lovato.

Poor movie stars. Magazine editors don’t want them anymore, so they’re left to toil away, getting paid millions to play pretend.

Jess Cagle on Changes at Time Inc. and EW

“No one here is concerned that the print magazine is going away,” said Entertainment Weekly managing editor Jess Cagle when asked about Time Inc.’s impending spin-off from its parent company. “The print magazine is still the spine of our brand.”

In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do?, Cagle also discussed what he’s doing to keep the established brand fresh (forays into TV and radio), digital vs. print and why you won’t see “sponsored” content in the mag’s pages.

“Obviously, print advertising is a challenge, but there’s not a lot of overlap between our print audience and our digital audience,” he said. “The print audience has held really steady the last few years. It’s about 1.7 million. They haven’t left for the digital space; our audience has just grown because of digital. The magazine’s audience is something like 11 million, and the overall audience is around 18 million.”

Read the full interview in So What Do You Do, Jess Cagle, Managing Editor of Entertainment Weekly?

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