|Final issue||April 2007|
|Company||Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S.|
Premiere was an American and New York City-based film magazine published by Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S., between 1987 and 2010. The original version of the magazine, Première, was established in France in 1976 and is still being published there.
The magazine originally had offices in Los Angeles and New York and was published by Rupert Murdoch. The founding editor was Susan Lyne and among those working for the magazine was Peter Biskind who spent a decade at the magazine as executive editor, later writing the film history, Easy Riders, Raging Bulls. He said that early on the magazine "gave us a lot of freedom to do hard-hitting, in-depth reporting."
Chris Connelly is another former editor who subsequently worked as a correspondent for ESPN and contributing correspondent for ABC's 20/20 and a commentator backstage at the Academy Awards. News Corporation sold the magazine to K-III (later Primedia) in 1991, and Hachette reacquired the magazine in 1995.
After Lyne left the magazine, Connelly became editor-in-chief in early 1996 with Nancy Griffin as deputy editor. Both editors resigned suddenly in May of the same year after publisher Hachette Filipacchi's then president and chief executive, David Pecker, told Connelly to not publish a column about Planet Hollywood because of its ties to billionaire Revlon owner Ronald Perelman, who was also half owner of Premiere.
Premiere was released ten times a year, with issues dated February, March, April, May, June, July/August, September, October, November and December/January. It sold all over the United States, Canada, Australia, Britain and France, among others.
Each issue of Premiere included regular features, such as:
Premiere's editor, Peter Herbst, was appointed senior vice president and group editorial director for Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. in 2002. In addition to serving as editor-in-chief of Premiere, Herbst is also heads the editorial direction for magazines such as Car and Driver, Road & Track, Cycle World, Road & Track Road Gear, Road & Track Speed and Sound & Vision. From 1995 to 2000, Herbst was editor-in-chief for Family Life magazine. Prior to his position at Family Life, Herbst worked for People, Marie Claire, New York magazine, the New York Daily News, and Rolling Stone.
On March 5, 2007, publisher Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S. announced that it was shutting down the U.S. print edition of Premiere, and that the magazine would survive as an online-only publication. The print editions in other countries—the Czech Republic, France, Poland, Portugal and Spain—were unaffected by this announcement. The Portuguese edition was canceled in October 2007. The Czech Republic edition last issue was June 2009.
The last published issue was the April 2007 (featuring Will Ferrell promoting Blades of Glory on the cover). The final issue gave readers no warning that it would be the last. In late April subscribers were mailed postcards advising them of the magazine's demise and telling them the balance of their subscriptions would be fulfilled with issues of the tabloid gossip magazine Us Weekly. Negative response to the offer immediately was posted to the magazine website's forum pages by unhappy subscribers, and it was announced a cash refund would be available for those who preferred one.
The online version only lasted for a few years as the magazine's subscribers showed little interest in its new incarnation, and the magazine ceased all operations in 2010.
The integrity of Mr. Pecker's various ventures has been questioned over the years, particularly after he killed an article for Premiere on behalf of the Revlon executive Ronald O. Perelman, then a co-owner of the magazine. The article was to examine the business dealings of the actor Sylvester Stallone, including his role in the Planet Hollywood restaurant chain. Mr. Perelman was planning a venture with the restaurant at the time. Premiere's two top editors resigned over the incident.