PEOPLE, Freeform partner to develop empowering TV movies

With this Freeform multi-picture movie commitment, Cagle hopes to satisfy a demand for a certain kind of story. “It was a big pastime in Hollywood to go through the pages of PEOPLE   magazine and tear out the stories and then go get the life rights to these people. “They’re entertaining. They’re empowering. In the fall, the magazine teamed up with Investigation Discovery for   People Magazine Investigates, and most recently, it collaborated with ABC News on the celebrity-focused limited series   People Icons. This summer, PEOPLE   is again joining forces with ABC for a Princess Diana primetime special. PEOPLE Deputy Editor Dan Wakeford adds, “Instead of sitting in meetings saying, ‘That would make a great movie,’ and letting somebody else make it, we’re going to start being involved in that process.”
The Time Inc. So now we’re doing that ourselves,” says PEOPLE and   Entertainment Weekly   Editorial Director Jess Cagle. PEOPLE   magazine has locked down its next television venture! “We know that there’s a tremendous appetite for really compelling stories with a real emotional draw to them,” said Cagle, adding that these movies will remain true to the spirit of the magazine. Co-produced by Everywhere Studios, these movies will draw upon PEOPLE’s franchises like Heroes Among Us that tell stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. EW’s sister publication is partnering with Freeform to develop scripted, original television movies featuring   empowering human interest stories, the network announced Wednesday. They adhere to the values of the brand.”

Show Full Article They’re inspiring. publication’s   three big pillars are celebrity, crime, and human interest, and the first two have already found their place on the small screen.