The show, which is executive produced by former Access Hollywood EP Rob Silverstein, is currently cleared in 12 Meredith markets: Atlanta; Phoenix; Portland, Oregon; St. Louis; Nashville; Hartford-New Haven, Connecticut; Kansas City; Greenville-Spartanburg, South Carolina; Las Vegas; Mobile-Pensacola, Florida; Flint-Saginaw, Michigan; and Springfield-Holyoke, Massachusetts. Sony Pictures Television is handling national distribution for the show, with the expectation that it be nationally cleared by fall 2022.
“Our local audiences and advertisers love People (the TV Show!). We had the faith in People and its powerful combination of celebrity and entertainment news, and positive stories about ordinary people doing extraordinary things, to program this show in the most competitive access time periods,” Meredith Local Media Group president Patrick McCreery said in a statement. “We replaced established entertainment news magazine shows that have occupied these time periods for decades and are pleased to see viewers respond and embrace our show.”
According to Meredith, People has seen a 12.2% increase in household ratings and a 12% increase in the adults 25-54 demographic across the 12 markets in which it airs. Meredith launched People as a television brand after acquiring Time Inc., which owns the magazine, in a $2.8 billion deal that closed in January 2018.
People is produced in New York City and hosted by Kay Adams and Lawrence K. Jackson along with Jeremy Parsons and Sandra Vergara as New York and Los Angeles correspondents. Nancy O’Dell and Gretchen Carlson serve as special correspondents.
Contributing editor Paige Albiniak has been covering the business of television for nearly 25 years. She is a longtime contributor to Next TV, Broadcasting + Cable and Multichannel News. She concurrently serves as editorial director for entertainment marketing association Promax. She has written for such publications as TVNewsCheck, The New York Post, Variety, CBS Watch and more. Albiniak was B+C’s Los Angeles bureau chief from September 2002 to 2004, and an associate editor covering Congress and lobbying for the magazine in Washington, D.C., from January 1997-September 2002.
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