April 2014 Maxim cover
|Editor-in-chief||Dan Bova (US) (November 2011–present)|
|Country||16 Editions in 75 Countries|
|Language||English, many others|
Maxim is an international men's magazine based in New York, and prominent for its photography of men whose careers are at a current peak. It is the largest young men's lifestyle brand in America, reaching nearly 9 million readers each month. Maxim Digital reaches more than 4 million unique viewers each month. Maxim magazine publishes 16 editions, sold in 75 countries worldwide.
On February 27, 2014, Maxim was bought by entrepreneur Sardar Biglari. He is the founder of Biglari Holdings Inc. and Biglari Capital. As the new owner he commented, "We plan to build the business on multiple dimensions, thereby energizing our readership and viewership."
Expansion of the Maxim brand
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 20 European and Asian countries.
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.
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.
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.
Quadrangle Group gave up on its investment in Alpha Media Group in August 2009, making Cerberus Capital Management the majority partner. In 2013, Alpha announced the sale of Maxim to the newly created Darden Media Group, but Darden was unable to raise the money. Calvin Darden, Jr. was later charged with fraud relating to the transaction.
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.
Maximum Warrior debuted in 2011 as an online reality competition that tests ten of America's most elite military operators in ten military-inspired challenges. The videos are available online and on the Maxim app on Xbox Live. Several episodes feature Dakota Meyer, Maxim's Military Advisor. Maximum Warrior is produced by Grand Street Media.
High-profile events and controversies
Maxim has been criticized for encouraging excessive alcohol consumption and sexual objectification of women. 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". 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.
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. Prof. John H. Brown of Georgetown University described the spread as the first event in a new branch of public diplomacy.
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. 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." 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.
Many celebrities (singers, actresses, models, etc.) have posed for Maxim over the years. Examples include:
- Alyssa Milano (July 2013)
- Elisha Cuthbert (March 2013)
- Jennifer Love Hewitt (November 1999, March 2005, May 2009, April 2012)
- Yvonne Strahovski (October 2011)
- Cobie Smulders (December 2010)
- Alice Eve (April 2010)
- Kaley Cuoco (March 2010)
- Amanda Bynes (February 2010)
- Amy Weber (January 2010)
- Kourtney Kardashian (April 2009)
- Danneel Harris (2008,2009)
- Milla Jovovich (September 2004, September 2009)
- Eliza Dushku (May 2001, March 2009)
- Shannon Elizabeth (January 2000, December 2003, June 2008)
- Mary Elizabeth Winstead (March 2007)
- Louise Cliffe (June 2007)
- Kristen Bell (March 2006)
- Sophia Bush (November 2006)
- Brittany Murphy (July 2001, May 2005)
- Laura Prepon (January 2001, November 2004)
- Jessica Alba (October 2000, November 2003)
- Lucy Liu (September 2002, July 2003)
- Helena Bonham Carter (September 2001)
- Shawnee Smith (June 2001)
- Rebecca Romijn (June 1998, July 2000, November 2002)
- Avril Lavigne (March 2008, November 2010)
- Britney Spears (January 2010 and 2011)
- Christina Aguilera (January 2003 and March 2007)
- Hilary Duff (August 2007, January 2009)
- Michelle Branch (January 2004)
Maxim has launched international editions of its magazines since 1995. Most recently it has launched its 26th and 27th international 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, Turkey, Serbia, Greece, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Canada, Poland, Brazil, the Philippines (defunct), Germany and Argentina.
Maxim Hot 100
Each year since 2000 Maxim has released the Maxim Hot 100. The winners and their corresponding ages and the year in which the magazine was released are listed below.
|2001||Jessica Alba||20||Youngest winner.|
|2002||Jennifer Garner||30||First time anyone has debuted on the list at number one.|
|2006||Eva Longoria||31||First and only woman to win twice (in a row). / Oldest winner.|
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