NBC and TIME Studios announce special coverage for ‘TIME Person of the Year’


NBC and TIME Studios are partnering for the first-ever “TIME Person of the Year” special featuring exclusive coverage of TIME’s choice for the individual or group that has had the greatest influence on the events of the year, set for Thursday, Dec. 10 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

In addition to the 2020 Person of the Year, the special will spotlight TIME editors’ selections for the categories that recognize the most influential people in specific sectors: Businessperson of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, Athlete of the Year and Guardian of the Year.

The “TIME Person of the Year” telecast will review the extraordinary year of 2020 through exclusive interviews, and will include in-depth profiles highlighting the year’s most prominent global stories, surprise guest appearances, musical performances and more.

image-Edward-Felsenthal-CEO-Editor-in-Chief-TIME-mediabrief.jpgEdward Felsenthal, CEO, Editor-in-Chief, TIME, said, “This special, as Person of the Year has done for nearly a century, will provide a unique window into this extraordinarily challenging year, by telling the stories of the people who shaped it.”



Ben Goldberger, TIME Executive Editor and Editorial Director of Person of the Year, said, “With so many pivotal moments to highlight this year, we look forward to further expanding the reach and impact of Person of the Year with this new special on NBC.”

image-Ian-Orefice-President-of-TIME-Studios-mediabrief.jpgIan Orefice, President of TIME Studios, said, “We are thrilled to partner with NBC and P&G on this special to showcase the profound challenges and remarkable acts of courage that defined 2020.”


Doug Vaughan, Executive Vice President, Special Programs, NBC Entertainment, said, “TIME Person of the Year is one of the most distinguished recognitions going back nearly a century, and we’re excited to collaborate with TIME in a year like no other.”

Since 1927, TIME editors have named a Person of the Year to recognize the person or group of people who had the greatest influence on the events of the year — for better or worse.

TIME’s 2020 Person of the Year coverage, which includes a special issue, multiple worldwide covers and exclusive photography and video packages, will go live on Time.com on Thursday, Dec. 10.

Leading into the reveal, readers can cast their vote for who they think shaped 2020 with the annual TIME Person of the Year readers’ poll: https://bit.ly/2IGky14.

Produced in partnership with P&G, “TIME Person of the Year” was created by TIME’s Emmy Award-winning television and film division TIME Studios with MaggieVision Productions serving as showrunners. The special is presented by State Farm and Amazon.

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