From 22nd October, www.empireonline.com will reveal the most popular film characters that Empire has featured throughout the Noughties in the run up to the December issue's on sale date of 29th October. The poll attracted over 16,000 votes.
Mark Dinning, Editor of Empire, said: “The Noughties has been a hugely exciting time for movies and Empire has loved being part of it every step of the way. We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate these ten amazing years than by paying tribute to the ten greatest characters to come out of them – characters who will live forever in film fans’ hearts.”
Empire is celebrating its 20th birthday in 2009. Earlier this year the Empire team, led by Mark, relocated to LA to work with the world's most famous film director Steven Spielberg, who guest edited the birthday edition.
The June issue included exclusive portraits and interviews from a veritable Hollywood Who's-Who: Jack Nicholson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Tom Cruise, Mel Gibson amongst them. The original prints were autographed and subsequently auctioned at Paramount, with almost 20k raised for Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Bauer says: “Empire posted a sixth consecutive ABC circulation rise to 194,016, in the most recent latest JJ09ABC and delivered an extraordinary 31.4% (yoy) increase in readers to 870k in the last NRS. empireonline recorded over one million UUs in August 09 (Webtrends).”