Tiger Beat

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Tiger Beat
Tiger Beat debut issue.jpg
Tiger Beat magazine, first issue
Categories Teen, celebrity
Frequency Monthly
First issue September 1965 (1965-September)
Company Tiger Beat Media, Inc.
Country United States
Website tigerbeat.com

Tiger Beat is an American teen fan magazine originally published by The Laufer Company, and marketed primarily to adolescent girls.

History and profile[edit]

Tiger Beat was founded in September 1965[1][2] by Charles "Chuck" Laufer, his brother Ira Laufer, and television producer and host Lloyd Thaxton.[3] The magazine features teen idol gossip and carries articles on movies, music and fashion.[4] Charles Laufer once described the magazine's content as "guys in their 20s singing 'La La' songs to 13-year-old girls."[5]

A distinctive element of Tiger Beat is its covers, which feature cut-and-paste collaged photos - primarily head shots - of current teen idols. For the first twelve issues, Thaxton's face appeared at the top corner of the cover (at first the magazine was entitled Lloyd Thaxton's Tiger Beat), and he also contributed a column,[6] since 2016, the magazine has adopted having solo celebrities on their covers to target celeb-obsessed Gen Z-ers.[7]

During the 1960s The Laufer Company leveraged the teen market dominated by Tiger Beat with similar magazines, including FaVE and Monkee Spectacular.[8] In 1998 Tiger Beat was sold by publisher Sterling/MacFadden to Primedia, which in 2003 sold the magazine to Scott Laufer, Charles's son.[9] Since 2015 Tiger Beat has been published by Los Angeles-based Tiger Beat Media, Inc.,[10] which until 2014 also produced the similar teen magazine Bop.[11][12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alex French. "The Very First Issues of 19 Famous Magazines". Mental Floss. Retrieved August 10, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Tweens, Teens, and Magazines" (PDF). Kaiser Family Foundation. January 2013. Retrieved 19 August 2015. 
  3. ^ "Lloyd Thaxton". IMDb.com, Inc. Retrieved 2017-04-06. 
  4. ^ Billboard
  5. ^ "From Dylan to Bieber: A 'Tiger Beat' Cover Odyssey". Flavorpill Media. Retrieved 2017-04-07. 
  6. ^ "Zany host of popular television dance show". Los Angeles Times. 2008-10-08. Retrieved 2017-04-06. 
  7. ^ "How Teen Mag Tiger Beat Is Evolving to Target Celeb-Obsessed Gen Z-ers". AdWeek. 2016-03-15. Retrieved 2018-07-15. 
  8. ^ "Keeping Up With Your Favs - The Rise of Tiger Beat and The Laufer Company Magazines". Loti.com. Retrieved 2017-04-07. 
  9. ^ Los Angeles Times
  10. ^ "Tiger Beat Media, Inc". Bloomberg L.P. Retrieved 2017-04-07. 
  11. ^ The New York Times 28 May 2007
  12. ^ "A farewell to Bop". Gizmodo Media Group. 2014-07-24. Retrieved 2017-04-06. 

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