FIPP member news round-up: March 2014

There is no let up in business activity among FIPP members in 2014, be it new launches, licensing deals, research, innovations, appointments and more.

We invite all FIPP members to share your news with us. Simply email Amy Duffin with news you believe relevant to other members in the FIPP network.

Here is a round-up of news items from our members, published on in the past month.

Association of Business Information and Media Companies
Two B2B studies show digital ad budgets in the rise in the US
Marketers will boost digital ad budgets according to the Association of Business Information and Media Companies (ABM) poll and a Forrester Research project.

Asociación de Revistas de Información
ARI elects new president
The Spanish magazine association, Asociación de Revistas de Información (ARI), has elected president of Condé Nast Spain, Mexico and Latin America, Javier Pascual del Olmo, to be its new president.

BBC Worldwide:
BBC Worldwide’s Antiques Roadshow Magazine to be published on license
Kelsey Media is to launch of BBC Antiques Roadshow Magazine on 4 April, in the UK. The magazine will be published under licence from BBC Worldwide.

Burda invests in children’s magazine publisher Blue Ocean Entertainment
Hubert Burda Media has acquired a 50.1 per cent share of children’s magazine publisher Blue Ocean Entertainment.

Burda Russia to launch The Rake
Burda Russia has launched a new men’s luxury title, The Rake, as a result of a licensing agreement with Revolution Press International.

F+W Media and Burda enter JV agreement
F+W Media and Hubert Burda Media have entered a 50/50 joint venture to run the BurdaStyle brand in the US and Canada, as well as the UK digital activities of BurdaStyle.

Condé Nast
Condé Nast announces launch of new website, House
Condé Nast has announced the launch of House, a design, decoration, food and lifestyle site, which the company says is an “evolution” of its House & Garden and Easy Living websites.

Why Forbes sees a platform approach building its brand; not diluting it
For a 97-year-old magazine publisher, Forbes is no shrinking violet, reports Digiday. It has gone all-in on a platform strategy that’s thrown open its site to 1,200 contributors to post directly their own articles, as well as advertisers under its four-year-old native-ad programme.

Forbes launches in Central America and the Dominican Republic
Media Business Generators has entered a licensing agreement with Forbes Media to publish Forbes in the Dominican Republic and six Central American countries – Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua.

Forbes launches licensed airport newsstands
Forbes is taking advantage of the age-old relationship between print magazines and weary travellers with the launch of its latest brand extension, licensed airport newsstands.

Future announces new CEO

Future has announced that CEO Mark Wood is standing down from the role and will take a non-executive directorship on the Board. He hands over to current chief financial officer Zillah Byng-Maddick, who takes over as CEO on 1 April.

Future and Gawker in UK licensing deal
Future has entered a licensing agreement with Gawker Media to bring gaming site Kotaku and technology site Lifehacker to the UK.

Gruner + Jahr
First licensing deal for G+J’s BEEF

French publishing company, CEOL Presse, is to launch a local edition of Gruner + Jahr’s men’s cooking magazine, BEEF. This marks Gruner + Jahr’s first international license of the BEEF brand.

Haymarket launches Football Weekly, a cross-platform digital edition

Haymarket’s international football brand, FourFourTwo, has launched Football Weekly, a new cross-platform digital publication.

Haymarket launches Forever Sports in the UK
Haymarket Network has launched a new fitness, style and sports brand for 18-30 year-old men, Forever Sports.

Haymarket Media Group and Mubaloo collaborate to drive app development
Haymarket Media Group and mobile app company Mubaloo have announced a collaboration that will drive the next phase of evolution in consumer apps.

SCBC 8 Printing and Publishing launches Autocar in the Philippines
SCBC 8 Printing and Publishing has entered a licensing agreement with Haymarket Media Group to launch Autocar in the Philippines.

Hearst announces launch of Dutch edition of Harper’s Bazaar
Hearst Magazines International and Hearst Magazines Netherlands have announced the launch of a Dutch edition of fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar.

India Today Group to launch Harper’s Bazaar Bride from Hearst
India Today Group is to launch a local edition of Hearst’s Harper’s Bazaar Bride as a result of a licensing agreement.

Hearst Magazines International appoints Gary Ellis as chief digital officer
Hearst Magazines International has appointed Gary Ellis as its chief digital officer, responsible for the content, technology, operations and overall business strategy for the company’s global web and mobile products.

IDG offers advertisers extended reach via social data

IDG in the UK has partnered with Intent HQ – a specialist in audience intelligence, to transform the way advertisers can engage and target audiences within its brands.

Immediate Media
Immediate Media is to launch Peter Rabbit magazine in the UK on 9 April.

IPC study shows connected consumers are engaged across all magazine platforms
The deep reader-engagement for which printed magazines are renowned transfers across to magazine brands’ digital platforms too.

Layar enables new Porter magazine
The recently launched Porter magazine, from Net-a-Porter, has used interactivity provided by Layar in its first edition.

Magazines Canada
Magazines Canada expands research toolkit

Magazines Canada has expanded its FastFacts toolkit with the addition of nine new one-page summaries containing new information on devices, influence, frequency, digital editions, social media and QR codes.

Mongoose Publishing and Lagardère Active
Mongoose Publishing launches ELLE Malaysia

Mongoose Publishing has launched a Malaysian edition of women’s magazine ELLE, under licence from brand owner Lagardère Active.

National Geographic Society
National Geographic partners with Sundance Company in Australia and New Zealand
The National Geographic Society has appointed media development company Sundance Company to drive strategy and business development in Australia and New Zealand for National Geographic’s licensed print products.

Garant Holding to launch National Geographic in Azerbaijan
Garant Holding has entered an agreement to publish an Azerbaijani edition of National Geographic, under licence from The National Geographic Society.

Northern and Shell
Northern and Shell’s OK! Launches in Pakistan
Juicy Publications has launched a local edition of OK! in Pakistan, as a result of a licensing agreement with Northern and Shell.

Readly launches in UK with 120 magazines

Readly, an app that aims to be the Spotify of magazines, has launched in the UK, with more than 120 titles including Marie Claire, The Lady and Time Out available for a single ‘all-you-can-read’ fee of £9.99 per-month, reports The Independent.

Time Inc.
Time Inc. appoints new SVP of digital, Scott Havens

Current president of Atlantic Media, Scott Havens, is leaving the company to become senior vice president of digital at Time Inc.

Time Inc. and Google launch global ad exchange
Time Inc. and Google have announced the launch of the Time Inc. Global Exchange, an ad exchange that will give marketers programmatic access to the media owner’s global digital footprint.

YUDU white paper urges radical changes to publisher models
According to a new white paper by YUDU, radical changes to publisher business models are needed in order to deliver solid returns for investors, with many publishers currently focusing on balancing digital and print revenues.

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