PEN Launches Sept. 13

Time Inc. is scheduled to launch People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN), its free, ad-supported internet streaming service focused on entertainment and lifestyle content, Tuesday, September 13.

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An online TV extension of Time’s popular People and Entertainment Weekly brands, PEN will debut with 14 original shows and specials during its first month, with more than 300 hours of shows slated for its first year, reports Variety. The network’s catalog will be supplemented with content from Time’s archives. Programming will include talk shows, live coverage of festivals and other industry events, as well as celebrity interviews.

PEN will offer content as if it were a regular broadcast channel, according to Variety. Viewers who access the service will see a program in progress, but already shown content will be available on-demand.

Programs premiering this month include The Jess Cagle Interview, EW Reunites, a Red Carpet Live Special from the Emmys, People Features and a documentary, The Children of 9/11:15 Years Later, which follows the lives of five children whose fathers died before they were even born.

Jess Cagle, editorial director of People and EW
Jess Cagle, editorial director of People and EW

When the network was announced in May, Jess Cagle, editorial director of People and EW, said, “EW taps into the pop-culture obsessions of its audience and takes them deep into the creative process. People entertains, empowers and inspires its devoted, massive audience with amazing and trusted storytelling. This exciting OTT network, like all our brand extensions, will be built from the same DNA that has made these brands an indispensable part of the audience’s lives.”

PEN will be accessible via Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Google Chromecast, Comcast Xfinity, Xumo and Pluto TV; through apps for iOS and Android mobile devices and at PEN.

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