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In case you didn’t get the memo, here it is: magazine publishing—and by association, magazine circulation—is glamorous. I know because I’ve seen it on TV and in the movies! And since I am a circulator, I’ll put the proof in table format.
Just think of this database that lists movies and TV shows where magazines play an integral part as the “Circulator’s Mental Health Tool.” I find it very useful when I need to be cheered up about my chosen profession. And I hope you do too.
Movies and TV Shows Where Magazines Star*
| Date Premiered
|| Movie Title
(bolded titles are real magazines
|1944||Lady in the Dark
||Allure||Film||Before the real Allure. Based on Moss Hart's psychoanalytic experiences|
|1956||High Society||Spy Magazine
|1964||Sex and the Single Girl
|1968||The Name of the Game
||People and Crime||TV||Before the real "People." Each episode ran 90 minutes|
|1968||Doris Day Show
||Women's World and Today's World
|1985||A Bunny’s Tale||Show Magazine||TV||Made for TV movie based on Gloria Steinem articles "I Was a Playboy Bunny," written in 1963
|1996||The People vs. Larry Flynt
|1997||Just Shoot Me||Blush||TV|
|2000||Almost Famous||Rolling Stone||Film||Semi autobiographical by writer/director Cameron Crowe|
||New Republic||Film||Based on real New Republic reporter Stephen Glass's fabrications passed off as facts|
|2003||Down with Love||Know||Film|
|2003||How to Lose A Guy in 10 Days
|2004||13 Going on 30
||Poise and Sparkle
|2004||In Good Company||Sports America||Film||Topher Grace's dad is an advertising guy in real life|
|2006||The Devil Wears Prada
||DirtNow||TV||The fictional magazine is the result of the fictional merger tabloid Dirt! and classy Now
*Many data points ably supplied by my Quantum business partners and a Quantum partner mother.
Quantum Media (www.quantummedia.net) is a consulting group specializing in integrated business advice to media, entertainment and information companies. We have particular expertise in magazine operations including circulation, marketing, advertising, production, and editorial. We also consult with companies on product launches, re-launches, and acquisitions for all kinds of media properties. Quantum Media: practical strategies, sound execution, real results.