Maxim (magazine)

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Maxim

April 2004 Maxim cover featuring Marge Simpson
Editor-in-chiefDan Bova (US) (November 2011–present)
CategoriesMen's
FrequencyMonthly
Total circulation
(June 2013)
2,001,935[1]
First issue1995 (UK)
1998 (US)
Final issue2009 (UK)
Currently Published (US)
CompanyDennis Publishing (UK)
Darden Media Group (US)
CountryUnited Kingdom, Russia, United States, others
LanguageEnglish, many others
Websitemaxim.com
ISSN1092-9789
 
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Maxim

April 2004 Maxim cover featuring Marge Simpson
Editor-in-chiefDan Bova (US) (November 2011–present)
CategoriesMen's
FrequencyMonthly
Total circulation
(June 2013)
2,001,935[1]
First issue1995 (UK)
1998 (US)
Final issue2009 (UK)
Currently Published (US)
CompanyDennis Publishing (UK)
Darden Media Group (US)
CountryUnited Kingdom, Russia, United States, others
LanguageEnglish, many others
Websitemaxim.com
ISSN1092-9789

Maxim is an international men's magazine targeted at adult males and based in New York, and prominent for its cheesecake pictorials of actresses, singers, and female models whose careers are at its current peak.

Between 2010 and 2012 Maxim eliminated two issues, going from 12 issues a year to just ten, and decreased its circulation numbers by 20 percent, from a reported 2.5 million to only 2 million.[2]

Expansion of the Maxim brand[edit]

Due to its success in its primary markets, Maxim has expanded into many other countries, including Argentina, Australia, Canada , India, Indonesia, Israel, Belgium, Romania, the Czech Republic, France (marketed under "Maximal"), Germany, Bulgaria, Brazil, Chile, Greece, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Russia (where it stands now as the most popular men's magazine), Serbia, the Philippines, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, Ukraine and Portugal (marketed as "Maxmen").

A wireless version of the magazine was launched in 2005 across cellular carriers in twenty European and Asian countries.[citation needed]

In 1999, MaximOnline.com was created. It contains content not included in the print version and focuses on the same general topics, along with exclusive sections such as the "Girls of Maxim" galleries and the "Joke of the Day". "Maxim Video" contains video clips of interviews, music videos, photo shoots, and original content. The success of this website inspired Dennis Digital to create sites for its sister publications, such as Blender magazine.[citation needed]

On February 5, 2005, Maxim Radio, featuring male-oriented talk programming, debuted on Sirius Satellite Radio. Following the Sirius-XM merger in late 2008, the Maxim brand was dropped, and the channel is now known as Sirius XM Stars Too.

On June 5, 2006, the magazine announced plans to build a casino on the Las Vegas Strip north of Circus Circus, but the casino plan failed after local condominium owners complained that the proposed casino would ruin their view. The land was sold to MGM Mirage.[3]

On June 15, 2007, private equity firm Quadrangle Group, along with long-time media executive Kent Brownridge, announced the acquisition of the parent company of Maxim, Blender, Stuff and MaximOnline.com in the United States, under the name Alpha Media Group. As of April 23, 2009 Dennis Publishing has announced that it will no longer continue producing a print edition of Maxim in the UK, though the website for the UK version will remain.

In July 2009, Maxim partnered up with the UFC for the first-ever Maxim UFC Octagon Girl Search at the UFC Fan Expo.[4] There were 40 girls participating in the contest, and the winner was Natasha Wicks.[5]

Quadrangle Group gave up on its investment in Alpha Media Group in August 2009, making Cerberus Capital Management the majority partner. In 2013, Alpha sold Maxim to the newly created Darden Media Group.[6]

High profile events and controversies[edit]

Maxim has been criticized for encouraging excessive alcohol consumption and sexual objectification of women.[7] In 2004, Maxim was protested by the gender issues department of Thunder Bay, Ontario's Lakehead University during an on-campus "Maxim Coors Light Girl Search".[8] In 2002, the popular German football club FC St. Pauli removed Maxim magazine advertisements from the team's stadium in response to fan protests over the depictions of women in the ads.[9] Maxim also extends their circulation by sending magazines to men that have requested to be removed from the subscription multiple times. In June 2007, Israeli diplomat David Saranga invited Maxim to the country. In what came to be known as "beers and babes", the magazine did photo shoots of near-naked Israeli women who serve in the army. The campaign drew an angry reaction from lawmaker Colette Avital, a former diplomat who served as Israel's consul-general in New York City in the 1990s.[10] Prof. John H. Brown of Georgetown University described the spread as the first event in a new branch of public diplomacy.[11]

In February 2008, Maxim was criticized by the rock band The Black Crowes for a review of their upcoming CD, Warpaint, with the band claiming that the magazine reviewed the album without hearing it.[12] According to Black Crowes manager Pete Angelus, the magazine stated in an email that "Of course, we always prefer to [sic] hearing music, but sometimes there are big albums that we don’t want to ignore that aren’t available to hear, which is what happened with the Crowes. It’s either an educated guess preview or no coverage at all, so in this case we chose the former." The magazine's editorial director James Kaminsky later apologized, stating "It is Maxim's editorial policy to assign star ratings only to those albums that have been heard in their entirety. Unfortunately, that policy was not followed in the March 2008 issue of our magazine and we apologize to our readers."[13] Facing more criticism over rating albums without listening to them, Maxim magazine maintains it was previewing CDs in its March 2008 issue, not reviewing them, and the mistake was to include star ratings.[14]

Celebrity profiles[edit]

Many celebrities (singers, actresses, models, etc.) have posed for Maxim over the years. Examples include:

Film[edit]

Music[edit]

Next Attractions[edit]

International editions[edit]

Maxim has launched international editions of its magazines since 1995. Most recently it has launched its 26th and 27th international[15] editions in Serbia and Greece where it is published by Attica Media. Notably, the magazine has been circulating editions in South Korea, India, Japan, the United States, France, Russia,[16][17] Turkey, Serbia, Greece,[18] Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Canada, Poland, Brazil, the Philippines (defunct), Germany and Argentina.

Maxim Hot 100[edit]

Each year since 2000 Maxim Magazine releases the Maxim Hot 100. The winners and their corresponding ages and the year in which the magazine was released are listed below.

YearChoiceAgeNotes
2000Canada Estella Warren  21[19]
2001United States Jessica Alba  20Youngest winner.[20]
2002United States Jennifer Garner  30First time anyone has debuted on the list at number one.[21]
2003United States Christina Aguilera  22[22]
2004United States Jessica Simpson  24[23]
2005United States Eva Longoria  30[24]
2006United States Eva Longoria  31First and only woman to win twice (in a row). / Oldest winner.[25]
2007United States Lindsay Lohan  21[26]
2008United States Marisa Miller  30
2009United States Olivia Wilde  25[27]
2010United States Katy Perry  26[28]
2011United Kingdom Rosie Huntington-Whiteley  24[29]
2012Israel Bar Refaeli  26[30]
2013United States Miley Cyrus  20[31]

The most oddest winner


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "eCirc for Consumer Magazines". Alliance for Audited Media. June 30, 2013. Retrieved November 15, 2013. 
  2. ^ http://adage.com/article/media/maxim-cuts-circulation-20/237351/
  3. ^ Stutz, Howard (April 19, 2007). "MGM buys parcels for new center". Las Vegas Review-Journal. pp. A1+A8. 
  4. ^ "UFC and Maxim Partner Up For the First-Ever Octagon Girl Search at UFC Fan Expo". MMAWaves.com. 
  5. ^ "Maxim UFC Octagon Girl Search Highlight Video". MMAWaves.com. 
  6. ^ Darden Media Group Buys Maxim from Alpha Media Group
  7. ^ Jha, Alok (March 30, 2006). "Lad Culture Corrupts Men as much as it Debases Women". The Guardian. 
  8. ^ Cruickshank, Shannon Protesting Maxim Girl Search at Lakehead University, Thunderbay IMC, November 3, 2004. Retrieved March 7, 2008.[dead link]
  9. ^ vfb-fanclub-berlin
  10. ^ Friedman, Matti (June 20, 2007). "Maxim Features Models From Israeli Army". Associated Press.
  11. ^ Public Diplomacy Goes 'Pubic', John H. Brown, University of Southern California public diplomacy site, July 11, 2007.
  12. ^ "Maxim Magazine reviews album without hearing it". blackcrowes.com. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 
  13. ^ "Maxim Apologizes for Black Crowes Review". Retrieved 2008-02-26. [dead link]
  14. ^ "Maxim: Whole reviewing mess a 'mistake'". Archived from the original on February 29, 2008. Retrieved 2008-02-28. 
  15. ^ http://www.fipp.com/Default.aspx?PageIndex=2002&ItemId=13076
  16. ^ "Russia's "sexy spy" in provocative photoshoot". Reuters. October 19, 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-11. 
  17. ^ "Russian spy Anna Chapman blows her cover for men's magazine". News.com.au. October 19, 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-11. 
  18. ^ May, Kevin (May 13, 2005). "Maxim ready for Serbian, Turk and Greek launch". Media Week. Haymarket. Retrieved 2010-11-11. 
  19. ^ "The 2000 Hot 100 List". April 13, 2009. Retrieved 2011-05-06. 
  20. ^ "The 2001 Hot 100 List". April 16, 2009. Retrieved 2011-05-06. 
  21. ^ "The 2002 Hot 100 List". April 20, 2009. Retrieved 2011-05-06. 
  22. ^ "The 2003 Hot 100 List". April 22, 2009. Retrieved 2011-05-06. 
  23. ^ "The 2004 Hot 100 List". April 27, 2009. Retrieved 2011-05-06. 
  24. ^ "2005 Hot 100". May 1, 2009. Retrieved 2011-05-06. 
  25. ^ "The 2006 Hot 100 List". May 4, 2009. Retrieved 2011-05-06. 
  26. ^ "2007 Hot 100 List". May 6, 2009. Retrieved 2011-05-06. 
  27. ^ "2009 Hot 100". June 5, 2009. Retrieved 2011-05-06. 
  28. ^ "2010 Hot 100". May 5, 2010. Retrieved 2011-05-06. 
  29. ^ "2011 Hot 100". May 3, 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-06. 
  30. ^ Hughes, Sarah Anne (May 22, 2012). "Bar Refaeli, Naya Rivera and Stephen Colbert make Maxim’s ‘Hot 100’ list". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 23, 2012. 
  31. ^ http://www.maxim.com/girls-of-maxim/miley-cyrus-profile

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