People/Entertainment Weekly Network: An introduction
A letter from editorial director Jess Cagle
They were still in the womb when they lost their fathers on Sept. 11, 2001.
In the documentary special Children of 9/11: 15 Years Later, five kids who never met their fathers tell their stories of loss and courage.
In Bingeworthy, a modern-day Siskel and Ebert (pop culture expert Touré and Jessica Shaw from SiriusXM’s EW Radio) will cover TV as it’s never been covered before.
In People Features: Joey and Rory Feek, the husband of the late country star Joey Feek talks about raising their daughter, who was born with Down syndrome, and how they’re coping since Joey’s death earlier this year.
You’ll find all these shows — and many, many more — on the new People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN), launching Sept. 13.
It’s free, and it’s available on streaming devices, including Apple TV, Roku, etc. — pretty much anywhere you’ll find Netflix and Hulu.
Just download the PEN app on your smart TV, mobile and Web devices, or you can check it out at people.com/PEN.
Besides the aforementioned shows, we’ll be producing wall-to-wall red carpet coverage during awards season, starting with the Emmys on Sept. 18; my own interview series, The Jess Cagle Interview, where stars like Jennifer Lopez,Ryan Reynolds, Viola Davis, and Matthew McConaughey (to name a few) take a deep dive into their lives and careers; and Entertainment Weekly: The Show, which brings each issue of the magazine to life with exclusive news, reviews, commentary from EW editor-in-chief Henry Goldblatt, and the indispensable Must List curating the very best in entertainment.
We’ll bring you specials on EW’s famous Preview issues (Fall TV Preview, Summer Movie Preview, etc.), People’s Sexiest Man Alive issue, and Hollywood at Home, in which celebrities take you inside their kitchens and closets.
I’m really proud to tell you about the People/Entertainment Weekly Network — an incredibly exciting evolution for two iconic brands that have grown from print publications to digital and social behemoths reaching an audience of nearly 100 million across all platforms.
They’re also close to my heart. Like a lot of you, I grew up reading People, and it opened up the world for me. Then, 26 years ago, I helped launch EW when I was a young pop-culture-obsessed journalist, just out of college, building a life and career in New York.
The editorial teams at People and EW now tell their stories across print, digital, social and video, and they bring their impeccable storytelling expertise, deep Hollywood connections and journalistic chops to everything else we do, including TV shows, consumer events — and now this ambitious network. People/Entertainment Weekly Network is a game changer, and we hope you love it.
— Jess Cagle, Editorial Director of People and Entertainment Weekly