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Entertainment Weekly. The Covers, Part 5: Brian Anstey

Entertainment Weekly. The Covers, Part 5: Brian Anstey

-1.jpgOn September 30 at the SVA Theater in NYC, every design director from Entertainment Weekly's 25 year history will gather for an historic event, For the Love of Enterainment Weekly. The evening is part of SPD's 50th anniversary celebration, as well as an advance notice of EW's 25th anniversary, which is February 16, 2015.

Former EW design directors Michael Grossman, Robert Newman, John Korpics, Geraldine Hessler, Brian Anstey, Kory Kennedy, and Tim Leong will show their work and give an inside look at the magazine's creation. There will also be a special tribute to former DD Amid Capeci.

As a lead up to the event, SPD will be showcasing the cover pages of each design director. Here are the EW covers of the magazine's  fifth design director, Brian Anstey, plus comments on how they were created. The covers are from the years 2008-2009. The photo editor of Entertainment Weekly during this period was Fiona McDonagh, followed by Lisa Berman.

Above: Stephen Colbert and John Stewart parody The New Yorker cover, October 3, 2008.MORE
From the SPD Archives: The 15th Call for Entries, 1979

From the SPD Archives: The 15th Call for Entries, 1979

The SPD 15th Call for Entries, published in 1979, is one of the most unusual of its kind. While previous and later calls tended to be large format posters that folded into a mailer, this edition was a fake magazine, called Showtime. The cover and inside pages featured a series of photographs by John Nation of a Louisville, Kentucky-based actor, wearing a wide variety of hats and costumes.

The project was the brainchild of Stephen Hall, who at the time had a studio in Louisville and was consulting for a variety of publications, including Louisville magazine. Hall went on to a very successful career as an art director, publication executive, and fine artist. He's still hard at work, both as an art director and a painter, and is based in the Washington, DC area. Stephen talked with SPD about creating the 15th Call for Entries and much more. We also have a slideshow of Stephen's work.
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Entertainment Weekly. The Covers Part 4: Geraldine Hessler

Entertainment Weekly. The Covers Part 4: Geraldine Hessler

-1.jpgOn September 30 at the SVA Theater in NYC, every design director from Entertainment Weekly's 25 year history will gather for an historic event, For the Love of Enterainment Weekly. The evening is part of SPD's 50th anniversary celebration, as well as an advance notice of EW's 25th anniversary, which is February 16, 2015.

Former EW design directors Michael Grossman, Robert Newman, John Korpics, Geraldine Hessler, Brian Anstey, Kory Kennedy, and Tim Leong will show their work and give an inside look at the magazine's creation. There will also be a special tribute to former DD Amid Capeci.

As a lead up to the event, SPD will be showcasing the cover pages of each design director. Here are the EW covers of the magazine's fourth design director, Geraldine Hessler, plus comments on how the covers were created. These 16 covers date from the years 1999-2008.

Above: The Dixie Chicks, March 2, 2003.

The Dixie Chicks: We shot this cover right after Natalie Maines spoke out against President Bush while on tour in London, and the band was being called all kinds of horrible names. It was actually their idea to pose nude with all the slurs on their bodies. The original idea was to have bumper stickers made and to plaster their bodies with them, but we had a body painter on set just in case the stickers didn't work. It was a good thing, because the shipment of stickers never made it. The band loved this image so much that they used it for the poster for their movie.


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SPD's 50th Anniversary Speaker Series kicks off with a panel discussion with the innovators from one of the industry's most-beloved publications, Entertainment Weekly.   Tickets are selling so fast that we've had to move the event to the SVA THEATER (333 w 23rd st)  Tickets are sure to go quickly, so get yours today! … MORE
Cover of the Day: Harpers's Bazaar España: October, 2014

Cover of the Day: Harpers's Bazaar España: October, 2014

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Welcome to SPD's Cover of the Day, a portfolio of brilliant magazine and newspaper covers from around the world.


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Five Questions for Randi Brookman Harris, Prop Stylist / Creative Director
Five Questions for Randi Brookman Harris, Prop Stylist / Creative Director
Edited by Joseph CasertoEver looked at a magazine's masthead and wondered just what do all those job titles actually mean? What... ...More
Entertainment Weekly. The Covers, Part 3: John Korpics

Entertainment Weekly. The Covers, Part 3: John Korpics

-1.jpgOn September 30 at the SVA Theater in NYC, every design director from Entertainment Weekly's 25 year history will gather for an historic event, For the Love of Enterainment Weekly. The evening is part of SPD's 50th anniversary celebration, as well as an advance notice of EW's 25th anniversary, which is February 16, 2015.

Former EW design directors Michael Grossman, Robert Newman, John Korpics, Geraldine Hessler, Brian Anstey, Kory Kennedy, and Tim Leong will show their work and give an inside look at the magazine's creation. There will also be a special tribute to former DD Amid Capeci.

As a lead up to the event, SPD will be showcasing the cover pages of each design director. Here are the EW covers of the magazine's third design director, John Korpics, along with some fun behind-the-scenes comments from John about how they came together. These 13 covers date from the years 1996-1999.

(Left): Howard Stern, March 7, 1997. Photograph by Jill Greenberg.


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SPD's 50th Anniversary Speaker Series kicks off with a panel discussion with the innovators from one of the industry's most-beloved publications, Entertainment Weekly.   Tickets are selling so fast that we've had to move the event to the SVA THEATER (333 w 23rd st)  Tickets are sure to go quickly, so get yours today!


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Entertainment Weekly. The Covers, Part 2: Robert Newman
Entertainment Weekly. The Covers, Part 2: Robert Newman
On September 30 at the SVA Theater in NYC, every design director from Entertainment Weekly's 25 year history will gather... ...More
From the SPD Archives: Time Magazine Covers, 1977
From the SPD Archives: Time Magazine Covers, 1977
Time, July 4, 1977 Art Director: Walter Bernard; Designer: Seymour Chwast; Illustrator: Seymour ChwastTime was redesigned by Walter Bernard in 1977. Eight covers... ...More
Entertainment Weekly. The Covers, Part 1: Michael Grossman
Entertainment Weekly. The Covers, Part 1: Michael Grossman
On September 30 at the SVA Theater in NYC, every design director from Entertainment Weekly's 25 year history will gather... ...More
Leo Jung and Jacqueline Bates join new startup The California Sunday Magazine
Leo Jung and Jacqueline Bates join new startup The California Sunday Magazine
On Sunday October 5, more than 400,000 subscribers to the San Francisco Chronicle, Sacramento Bee and Los Angeles Times will... ...More
Bruce Perez named Photo Director at Dr. Oz The Good Life
Bruce Perez has been named photo director at Dr. Oz The Good Life. He had been photo director at Redbook.... ...More
From the Student Competition Archives: The Inaugural Year of 1994
From the Student Competition Archives: The Inaugural Year of 1994
As you may have noticed over on the SPD homepage, we're celebrating our 50th Anniversary this year as an organization!... ...More
Cover of the Day: Time, September 22, 2014
Cover of the Day: Time, September 22, 2014
Welcome to SPD's Cover of the Day, a portfolio of brilliant magazine and newspaper covers from around the world.Time Magazine  September 1,... ...More
Jacklyn Steinberg named design director of Dr. Oz The Good Life
Jaclyn Steinberg will join Hearst startup Dr. Oz The Good Life as design director. Steinberg previously served as Cosmo's design... ...More
Kirby Rodriguez named Creative Director of Redbook
Kirby Rodriguez has been named creative director at Redbook. He had been design director at O, The Oprah Magazine. (source:... ...More