Trade awards set for Cafe Royal

Over 300 representatives from all sectors of the business will attend, with 14 awards up for grabs. Host for the evening is comedian, author and broadcaster Bob Mills. Organiser Intent Media is running The BikeBiz Awards in the same week as The Cycle Show, which opens to the trade on the same day.

Final award categories will be announced shortly, covering retail, distribution, media and product innovation.

"We’re delighted to have secured such a high profile venue as Cafe Royal for this long awaited celebration of a fantastic industry. We also have a great host in Bob Mills," said BikeBiz publisher and Intent Media managing director Stuart Dinsey.

"Cafe Royal is an easy venue for anyone to attend. It is just a minute’s walk from Piccadilly Circus tube for anyone coming into town that day, and just a few stops up from Earls Court on the Piccadilly line for those attending the Cycle Show."

The evening includes a free champagne reception from 6.30pm, three course meal & coffee, complementary wine & beer on all tables, casino and late licence until 1am.

"We hope it’s clear we will be offering a high class event. If suppliers take customers, then it’s an economic night for what is being delivered," added Dinsey.

Tables of 10 are priced at £1,475, with single tickets priced at £165. Contact to reserve your place.

High value sponsorship packages, inclusive of a free table, on-the-night branding, complementary advertising and more are available via


NEW YORK, NY (April 14, 2008) — NewBay Media LLC has announced the appointment of Jessica Striano as Classified Ad Sales Representative for the Broadcast and Video Group.
Striano, who will work out of NewBay’s New York office, will represent Government Video, Television Broadcast, DV and Videography, which are all part of NewBay’s Broadcast and Video division. Jessica will be assuming the responsibilities previously held by Anesha Kovalsky, who is now the Sales Manager for DV Expo. The two will work closely together during this transition.

Prior to joining the NewBay team, Jessica worked as an advertising sales assistant at Rolling Stone and as a sales assistant at Conde Nast Bridal Media.

“Jessica brings a fresh new insight to our ad sales with her experience in publishing,” says Eric Trabb, Group Publisher of NewBay’s Video/Broadcast Division. “I am very pleased to welcome Jessica into the NewBay family in her new role.”


MCV Awards video online now

Ever wanted to see the industry’s finest singing along to Take That? Neither did we until last night.

But following our biggest ever awards bash, we’ve been flooded with requests to see the MCV Awards video once more…so as we’re so kind to you all, here it is.

Special thanks to Gamer TV and all that took the time out to participate – tell us what you think in the comments thread below, and brace yourselves for next year’s offering…

MCV Awards ’08: The winners in full

The Japanese giant’s impact on the booming UK games industry over the past 12 months pushed it to victory across four award categories.

Nintendo won prizes for PR Team, Marketing Team and Games Publisher and then capped a very good night’s work by becoming the first ever company to win the prestigious Grand Prix two years on the trot.

Another multi-winner was Ubisoft. It wrestled the Sales Team award from THQ, which had won this competitive and much coveted category on the previous two occasions.

Ubi’s Assassin’s Creed also just pipped Sega’s Mario & Sonic At The Olympic Games to win New Games Brand.

There were some familiar names amongst the winners, such as GAME winning Specialist Retailer for the second year running, Microsoft picking up Game Campaign with Halo 3 and Electronic Arts beating its rivals to Best Trade Marketing Team.

But there were also plenty of new names being handed awards by special guest comedian Simon Amstell.

Amongst these were Independent Retailer of the year Grainger Games, which has become a growing force on the High Street.

Zavvi, previously Virgin, won Star Store for the fine retail experience offered by its Oxford Street outlet.

Codemasters beat off stiff competition to win UK Development Team and 505 Games was a highly popular winner of the Sales Triumph award thanks to the stunning success of Cooking Mama.

A judging panel of 89 senior figures from all sectors of the industry chose the winners from a set of Finalists announced earlier in the year.

Photos and tales from last night, plus another full review of all the winners, will appear in MCV next week.

The winners in full:


Independent Retailer:
Grainger Games

Specialist Retailer:

Entertainment Retailer:


Online Retailer:

Star Store:

Zavvi, Oxford Street


PR Team:

Game Campaign:

Halo 3 (Microsoft)

New Games Brand:

Assassin’s Creed (Ubisoft)

Trade Marketing Team:

Electronic Arts

Marketing Team:



UK Development Team:

Distribution Team:


Sales Triumph:

Cooking Mama (505 Games)

Sales Team:


Games Publisher:



Paul Donnelly (Gem)




April 3, 2008 — NewBay Media LLC has announced the appointment of Vytas Urbonas as Associate Publisher of TV Technology (all editions), Television Broadcast and Government Video magazines.

Urbonas served as the Sales Manager for the Central, New England and Canada regions for TV Technology, TV Technology Europe, TV Technology Asia Pacific and TV Technology Latin America since 2000.  In 2007, he added responsibility for Government Video and Television Broadcast in his territory with NewBay Media’s acquisition of IMAS Publishing.

In his new role, Urbonas will continue to support his territory while using his experience and knowledge of the market to build NewBay Media’s stable of broadcast and video publications. Prior to working at NewBay, he held various sales management positions at Montage Publishing and Intertec Publishing.

“Vytas helped build TV Technology into the #1 publication in the broadcast arena,” says Eric Trabb, Group Publisher

BikeBiz Awards Unveiled

The BikeBiz Awards 2008 will run alongside this year’s Cycle Show, in London, taking place on the evening of the trade specific day of Thursday October 9th. The venue of the event will be announced next month.

"A trade awards event for such a vibrant business as the cycle industry is long overdue and will offer an enjoyable and valuable evening for the entire cycle business community – from the smallest independent dealer to large suppliers," said BikeBiz publisher and Intent Media managing director Stuart Dinsey.

"The BikeBiz brand is respected both in print and online. We have a strong relationship with our readers and will work closely with the industry to create an event it can be proud of.

"Intent Media already runs high quality awards in other entertainment and leisure markets and we will be bringing our experience and production values to the BikeBiz Awards."

Categories will be announced next month. The awards will have a transparent voting procedure, with the BikeBiz team picking five Finalists per category after a free-of-charge lobbying period.

A wide Judging Panel, drawn from all sectors of the business, will then choose the winners.

"This is an event for everyone. It will be affordable and prestigious, with huge reach thanks to the influence of the BikeBiz magazine and website," added Dinsey.

For sponsorship or ticket enquiries, please contact Carly Bailey on 01992 535647 or email


SAN BRUNO, CA (March 24, 2008) — NewBay Media’s Bass Player magazine is mourning the loss of the “King of Mambo,” bass legend Israel “Cachao” Lopez. Cachao, as he was universally known, died from complications related to kidney failure at his Florida home. His March 2008 Bass Player cover feature includes a career retrospective and celebrates Cachao’s recent flourish of recordings and performances. “Cachao was a rare talent, not only as a bassist of extraordinary flexibility and creativity, but as one of a handful of brilliant musicians who can lay claim to an entire musical movement,” said Bass Player Senior Editor Jonathan Herrera. “His contribution to popular music was profound.”

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Intent Media launches mobile websites

Having already established themselves as the most important online trade resources across many of the UK’s leading industries, Intent Media’s web portfolio has launched into the mobile web space.

"Just like BBC Sport, we now provide news wherever you are and whenever you like," said Intent Media publisher and Intent Media boss Stuart Dinsey.

"We have the most relevant trade websites, Blackberry-friendly email news services and now a number of bespoke sites for browsing via mobile.

"We continue to set the pace with our integrated approach to news and information in these markets. No one can match our circulation, our authority or our passion.
"This is about investing in order to provide the best news and advertising solutions, whilst delivering the widest reach. We are the only trade publisher that is genuinely committed to growing our combined readership."

To see our mobile websites, follow the links below:

Develop –
PC Retail –
Mobile Entertainment –
ToyNews –
Licensing –
BikeBiz –
Audio Pro –


NewBay Media has announced that, effective immediately, Kevin Hogan has been named Editorial Director of AV Technology, the largest AV/IT end-user publication. Margot Douaihy has also joined the editorial team as Managing Editor for the title. Founding Editor Mark Mayfield has left NewBay Media to join the marketing department of a technology manufacturer.

“Mark did an excellent job laying the foundation for AV Technology,” states Publisher Sue Horwitz. “While he’ll be missed, we couldn’t be happier about Mark’s opportunity, and wish him the very best.”

Kevin Hogan is currently Editorial Director of NewBay’s Tech & Learning brand, a position he will keep in addition to his AV Technology duties. Prior to joining NewBay, he held positions as Executive Editor at Scholastic Administrator, Senior Editor of MIT Technology Review, and Editor of the magazine’s website. He was also formerly a Features Editor for Business2.0 magazine.

“Kevin understands


SAN BRUNO, CA (March 17, 2008) — NewBay Media has announced that, effective immediately, Kevin Hogan has been named Editorial Director of the Technology & Learning Group, which includes the magazine, websites, and events associated with the Technology & Learning brand. Hogan will oversee the editorial content of all products, ensure proper communication between staff members, and use his knowledge of the industry to help NewBay Media continue to produce the most compelling and relevant content for its readers.

Hogan comes to NewBay directly from Scholastic Administrator, where he was Executive Editor since September 2004. Prior to Scholastic, Hogan was Senior Editor of MIT Technology Review and Editor of the magazine’s website. He was also formerly a Features editor for Business2.0 magazine. Hogan has been reporting and writing about the intersection of business and technology since 1993. His work as appeared in numerous publications, including Wired, Forbes ASA