Talk (magazine)

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EditorTina Brown
Total circulation
670,000[citation needed]
FounderTina Brown[1]
Year foundedJuly 1998; 21 years ago (1998-07)
First issueSeptember 1999; 20 years ago (1999-09)
Final issueFebruary 2002; 17 years ago (2002-02)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish (defunct)

Talk was an American magazine published from 1999 to 2002. The magazine gained notoriety for its celebrity profiles and interviews.[1] The magazine was a joint venture of Miramax's Talk Media and Hearst Magazines. Hearst would manage circulation, manufacturing, newsstand distribution and subscription fulfillment. Talk Media was in charge of advertising sales, editorial content and marketing.[2]

History and profile[edit]

Talk Media was founded in July 1998 by Miramax Films, Tina Brown and Ron Galotti to publish books, the Talk magazine and to produce television programs. Talk Media formed a joint venture with Hearst Magazines for the magazine only in February 1999.[2]

The first issue of Talk appeared in September 1999.[1] The cover story of the debut issue was an interview with Hillary Clinton, which took place shortly after the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal, in which she explained that her husband Bill Clinton had a chronic need to please women. The Washington Post reported that at times, "Talk seemed more interested in promoting such Miramax stars as Gwyneth Paltrow than in politics."[3]

The magazine never became a commercial success, and its publication was suspended after the final February 2002 issue.[4][5] Politico estimated that Brown had "bombed through some $50 million in 2 1/2 years" on the failed venture. A $1 million contract settlement in 2002 ended Brown's involvement in Talk Media.[6]


  1. ^ a b c Alex Kuczynski; Geraldine Fabrikant (19 January 2002). "Lifelines Cut, Talk Magazine Goes Silent". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Miramax Films and Hearst Magazines Announce Plans to Publish Talk". Hearst Publishing. February 11, 1999. Retrieved February 16, 2016.
  3. ^ Kurtz, Howard (2002-01-19). "Tina Brown's Talk Magazine Suddenly Silenced". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-05-05.
  4. ^ "Talk". Talk Magazine. Archived from the original on June 4, 2003. Retrieved June 5, 2019.
  5. ^ David Carr (3 August 2009). "The Media Equation; 10 Years Ago, An Omen No One Saw". The New York Times. p. 1. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
  6. ^ Norris, John (May–June 2014). "How to Lose $100 Million". POLITICO Magazine. Retrieved 2017-05-05.