Licensing.biz unveils new website

Licensing.biz has overhauled its web presence, with new features and a focus on a user experience optimised across desktop, tablet and mobile devices.

In short, the new Licensing.biz website has been built to give you all the content you already love, packaged in a form conducive to our multi-device, socially-networked age.

It’s all part of our goal to keep Licensing.biz as the number one information source for the licensing industry across as many channels as possible, encompassing online, email, mobile, apps and social networks.

The most obvious change to the site is the look and feel, which we believe offers readers a cleaner and more engaging browsing experience – we’ve taken away the clutter, allowing you to get to what you want, quickly and easily.

Crucially, the site has been developed using a technique called ‘responsive’ design, which means it will adapt itself automatically depending on the device the reader is accessing it from – be that desktop, tablet or mobile phone.

The Carousel and Homestream are now the focal points, allowing you to immediately see the most important stories of the day and then scroll down the page to view everything else that happening in and around the licensing industry.

But the charges aren’t just cosmetic – we’ve worked hard to build community and industry resources into the new Licensing.biz site, including:

– Full jobs board functionality, enabling you to post your vacancies and have them seen by the entire licensing industry.
– Comprehensive industry events listings, so you never miss a conference or exhibition.
– The ability to comment on articles, engaging with our specialist team and fellow industry professionals.

We’ve also revamped our email services, which include the Daily Digest news round up and Newsflash alerts.

You can also follow Licensing.biz on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ and RSS.

And don’t forget, on top of all that you can also download the Licensing.biz iPhone app (iTunes link).

“The world of publishing has changed, and Licensing.biz has changed with it,” said Licensing.biz publisher Lisa Carter. “The website has been providing the licensing industry with up to the minute news for some time and with the new design we are taking things to the next level. Watch out for more announcements from us soon as we expand our digital presence.”

To find out how Licensing.biz can support your business across its print, digital, online, apps and email channels, contact Jodie.Holdway@intentmedia.co.uk, or call her on +44 (0) 1992 535 647.

 

Licensing.biz launches Power List

Intent Media today launches the Licensing.biz Power List, a new print magazine which will celebrate the top licensed properties of the year.

Published in association with miEvents, the glossy book will be launched at the Brand Licensing Europe event at Olympia on October 15th, where Licensing.biz and miEvents (which is a division of the miPR Group) will also host a party to celebrate the Power List.

Licensing.biz will survey 200 executives from all areas of the licensing business (including brand owners, licensees, retailers, licensing agents, media and events firms), asking them to choose their top properties from the character and entertainment, brands, sports and art and design sectors. They will be asked to take into account criteria including commercial impact, creativity, innovation, longevity and retail presence.

The Licensing.biz Power List will also be inserted in the November issue of ToyNews, and the corresponding issues of weekly sister titles MCV and Music Week.

The launch of the new annual publication comes as Licensing.biz celebrates its fifth anniversary, with a new-look site due to launch imminently.

Lisa Carter, publisher of Licensing.biz, said: “We’re excited to be launching the first print publication under the Licensing.biz moniker. The past 12 months have been a great time for the licensing industry, with established and new brands reaching ever increasing audiences.

“The Power List will aim to promote these licences further as the standard bearers in this fast-moving and exciting sector.”

Kirsty Barr, MD of miPR and miEvents added: “Congratulations on five years of Licensing.biz. It’s an honour for miEvents to be the Headline Sponsor of the inaugural Power List book and Party in October. Licensing continues to grow year on year and it is only fitting that we acknowledge and commend the brands, individuals and categories which demonstrate innovation, creativity and passion within this great industry. We look forward to working with Intent Media on the Power List and Party over the coming months.”

For further information on the Licensing.biz Power List, contact Samantha.Loveday@intentmedia.co.uk.

 

Who’s who of UK game developers available now

A brand-new book published by Intent Media names the top 100 games development studios working in the UK.

The Develop 100 is written by the team behind Develop (www.develop-online.net), the must-read monthly magazine and website for games developers across Europe and around the world.

Plus, the free book includes a comprehensive list of all the games studios in the Great Britain – the first time a directory like this has been made widely available. 

A survey of studios on the list showed that smartphones and PC/Mac were the most popular platforms to make games for. Four out of every five UK games studios are making games for iPad or iPhone and over half are making games for PC. 

Other key findings in the research show that 113 new UK games studios opened for business in the last 18 months, with games dev clusters in London and Scotland.

Develop 100 is published in association with Ukie, the UK games trade body for publishers and developers.

The Develop 100 can be found within the Develop magazine app on the Apple Newsstand, and is completely free for a limited time.

You can also view it in your browser here.

You can also find a browser version at www.develop100.com.

Sourcebook 2013: Key guide to games services and agencies is out now

This year’s edition of Sourcebook, the essential guide to agencies and service companies working in games, technology and entertainment, is out now.

Over 10,000 copies of the print edition have been inserted into this week’s MCV and selected reader codes of sister brands Develop and PCR.

A digital copy of the Sourcebook is available online at www.intentmedia.co.uk/sourcebook. Or you can view the book via the MCV iPad app, or read it online here.

The guide covers sectors such as Creative & Promotional, Gaming Accessories and Merchandise, International Distribution, Legal Services, Localisation, QA & Testing, Recruitment, Distribution, Cloud, Web Services & Infrastructure businesses, Monetisation & Payment providers, Regional Associations, Game Studios, Game Technology vendors and Research outfits.

There is also a new section listing freelancers and work-for-hire studios in the UK and Europe.

Sourcebook showcases the leading players across each sector, offering a snapshot of the resources on offer, plus client history and contact details.

A full list of the companies featured in Sourcebook 2013 is available below.

 

Creative & Promotional Services

AngelFire Creative

Bastion

blueprint-london

Dead Good Media

Fink Creative

Fluid

Game Room

Generation Media

Indigo Pearl

Kennedy Monk

Lick

OM

Premier

Premier Communications

Savalas Sound

Side

Small Japanese Soldier

Somebody Else

studio CO2

Studio Diva

That Video Company

The Audio Guys

The Trailerfarm

Wave Recording Studios

Über

 

Gaming Accessories

Game Technologies

Performance Designed Products

That Distribution Company

Turtle Beach

VIP Computers

 

International Distribution

Click Entertainment Limited

Curveball Leisure

GameWorld

Vogue Distribution

 

Legal Services

Harbottle & Lewis

 

Localisation, QA and Testing

Babel

Keywords International

Testronic Labs

Triple A Testing

UBILOK

Universally Speaking

VMC Game Labs

 

Manufacturing Services

Handisc

Multi Media Replication

OK Media

Sony DADC Austria AG

 

Monetisation & Payment

Adcash Advertising Network

HiPay

InComm Europe

 

Recruitment

Aardvark Swift

Amiqus

Portfolio Recruit

Specialmove Consultancy

Wayforward Recruitment

 

Software Development

Tragnarion Studios

Vicon Motion Systems

 

UK Distribution & Logistics

Koch Media

Link Distribution (UK)

 

Web Services Infrastructure

LeaseWeb

 
For more information about Sourcebook, call Jennie Lane on +44 (0) 1992 535 647, or email:jennie.lane@intentmedia.co.uk.
 

Develop honours top games studios at 2013 Award ceremony

Eighteen different companies claimed key accolades at the Develop Industry Excellence Awards, held in Brighton this week.

Winners hailed from across Europe – and indeed around the world as the Development Legend was handed to the co-founders of Epic Games. 

Supercell, the Finnish studio responsible for multi-million-dollars-a-day iOS cash cow Clash of Clans was the only company to take two of the peer-voted prizes home, for New IP and then the nod for Independent studio.

Epic Games’s Unreal Engine took the Engine prize voted for by developers while the Legend prize, chosen by the Develop team, was handed to leaders Tim Sweeney and Mark Rein.

Elsewhere the majority of the awards went to UK studios after a strong year for games businesses in all forms – independent, online/social, mobile and console – with wins for Peter Molyneux’s 22 Cans, Sony London Studio, Fireproof Games and Boss Alien. Plus Candy Crush Saga firm King was honoured for Business Development.  

Two projects that used crowdfunding won top prizes too: Thomas Was alone (Use of Narrative) and Oculus Rift (Technical Innovation). Kickstarter itself was awarded Publishing Hero.

 The full list of winners can be found below.

 

DEVELOP AWARDS: THE WINNERS

NEW IP

Clash of Clans – Supercell

 

USE OF A LICENCE OR IP

Angry Birds Star Wars – Rovio

 

VISUAL ARTS

Crysis 3 – Crytek

 

AUDIO ACCOMPLISHMENT 

Wonderbook: Book of Spells – London Studio

 

USE OF NARRATIVE

Thomas Was Alone – Mike Bithell (pictured above)

 

PUBLISHING HERO

Kickstarter UK 

 

ONLINE INNOVATION 

Curiosity – 22Cans

 

TECHNICAL INNOVATION 

Oculus Rift – Oculus VR

 

TOOLS PROVIDER

Unity Technologies

 

ENGINE 

Unreal Engine – Epic Games

 

SERVICES

Audiomotion

 

CREATIVE CONTRIBUTION – VISUALS

Realtime UK – Wargaming trailers

 

CREATIVE CONTRIBUTION – AUDIO

Side – Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

 

RECRUITER

Amiqus

 

MICRO STUDIO

Fireproof Games

 

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

King

 

INDEPENDENT STUDIO

Supercell

 

IN-HOUSE STUDIO

Boss Alien

 

NEW STUDIO

Playground Games

 

DEVELOPMENT LEGENDS

Tim Sweeney & Mark Rein, Epic Games

 

Event partners include Platinum Partners Crytek, Deep Silver and Microsoft, Gold Partners Testronic, Amiqus, UKIE, Perforce Software, Sumo Digital and Pitbull Studio, Drinks Reception Partner NaturalMotion Games, Table Gift Partner OPM Recruitment, Event Partners Nova Scotia Business Inc and Playmob, and Award Partner ARM.

Installation launches new Showcase conference event

Installation is proud to present a new concept in case study-led conferences for the installed AV market. Installation Showcase makes its debut on 5 November 2013 at BAFTA on London’s Piccadilly.

Installation Showcase is a new kind of conference event for the AV industry. It is based around case study presentations in a particular market sector, which is different every time the event takes place. After all the presentations – given by integrators, consultants or clients – are completed, the audience members have their say by voting for the project that they feel scores highest on innovation, value for money and wow factor. The winning projects receive awards.

The first Installation Showcase is devoted to entertainment venues – such as stadia, arenas, theatres, auditoria, concert halls and cinemas. Questions likely to be addressed include:

• How do you ensure that venues are suitably equipped for multi-purpose use?
• How are the audio and video networking decisions arrived at?
• How is futureproofing achieved?

In addition to the case studies, panel discussions will provide an opportunity to discuss and debate some of the wider issues affecting AV integration projects.

“Installation Showcase provides a great opportunity to explore the detail of integration projects in key sectors,” said Paddy Baker, Editor of Installation. “The voting format introduces a competitive element which provides an element of fun, but should also keep the presenters on their toes.”

We’ll have more details of the programme for Installation Showcase: Entertainment during the coming weeks. There’s also a dedicated website for the event, which will be updated over the coming weeks.

Various sponsorship opportunities are available – please contact Ian Graham or Les Wood on +44 (0)20 7354 6000.

www.installationshowcase.com

New face for MI Pro

MI Pro has a new member of its editorial team, with former Audio Pro International editor Daniel Gumble joining.

Previously editor of Mobile Entertainment, Gumble replaces Jory Mackay who, after a nine-month stint as staff writer is moving to Intent Media’s London office as deputy editor on sister mag, Audio Media.

MI Pro managing editor, Ronnie Dungan, commented: “Whilst I’m sorry to lose Jory, who did a fantastic job in his short stint on the mag, in Dan I now have a deputy editor who has the skills and experience to make it a seamless transition and continue to improve the product both in print and online.”

PCR restructures editorial team

PCR has hired two new senior members of staff.

Andrew Wooden (right) takes on the role of managing editor, while Dominic Sacco (left) has joined as editor.

Wooden will lead PCR’s strategy and develop new business opportunities for the publication, while Sacco will oversee editorial content and direction of the print title and website.

Wooden returns to PCR after spending a year and a half as news editor at Future Publishing’s technology title T3 and T3.com. Prior to that, he worked at Intent Media for six years.

Sacco moves across from Intent Media’s sister publications ToyNews and Licensing.biz, where he held the position of deputy editor. He formerly worked at Intent’s gaming publication MCV after a two-year stint at Auto Trader.

Laura Barnes remains on PCR as staff writer, with Intent Media currently recruiting a fourth member of the editorial team.

Former PCR editor Helen French takes on the role of Digital Producer for Intent Media, where she will be working on the publisher’s digital strategy. 

The changes on the team come as executive sales manager Carly Bailey heads off on maternity leave, with Rob Baker taking on the role of acting sales manager and Carole Eagles joining as associate sales manager.

“We’re delighted to welcome Andrew back to PCR as managing editor and to appoint Dominic as editor,” said PCR publisher Lisa Carter. 

“After a successful second PCR Boot Camp event recently, it’s an exciting time for the title going forward as we look to grow and expand our print and online offering, as well as investigate additional brand extensions.”

For editorial enquiries, email andrew.wooden@intentmedia.co.uk,dominic.sacco@intentmedia.co.uk and laura.barnes@intentmedia.co.uk.

For sales enquiries, email rob.baker@intentmedia.co.uk or carole.eagles@intentmedia.co.uk.

PCR Boot Camp 2013: Watch the video highlights

More than 250 technology retailers and resellers from across the UK visited this year’s PCR Boot Camp event on Wednesday May 29th.

Held at The Brewery, London, PCR Boot Camp was a one-day conference and expo about networking, seeing new products and improving business.

The speakers at the morning conference at The Brewery, London – including ex-BRC boss Stephen Robertson and SEO expert John Straw – showed there are still plenty of opportunities in the channel for savvy dealers. Meanwhile vendors from Microsoft to Philips and Prestigio showcased the new products that could be the key to industry’s future during the exhibition in the afternoon. 

Here are the video highlights:

The day was rounded off by an After-Show Drinks Reception sponsored by Micro-P. where retailers could let their hair down, have a drink, and pick up VIP goody bags that included a free Jabra Bluetooth Solemate speaker worth £150.

PCR’s publisher Lisa Carter commented: “Seeing the return of last year’s attendees and lots of new faces was hugely satisfying. We hope they took home lots of information and practical advice, and most of all just had a really good day for doing business with everyone in the channel. Keep an eye out for when we announce next year’s dates – we hope to see you all again.”

A wide range of companies took part in the expo, including headline partner Microsoft, platinum partners Prestigio, Entatech, Micro-P, Gem Distribution, Westcoast and JP Distribution, Prestigio, Avnet; gold partners Hama, Wasp, TP-LINK, KMS Components, Plantronics, VIP Computers, Genius, Hannspree, Philips, AOC, SanDisk, Synaxon; and event partners CompTIA, Brigantia, Synology, Exponential-E and Jam 2Day.

For more information about PCR Boot Camp 2013, or to enquire about next year’s event, contact Lisa.Carter@intentmedia.co.uk or call 1992 535 646.

MIRC 2013: MI dealers flock to new venue

It was standing room only during the morning conference as the full room of dealers listened to presentations by retail experts from varying backgrounds.

Musicroom operations manager, Andrew Nixon, was in attendance with several other colleagues who all agreed that both the conference and the expo were improvements on past years.

“I thought the speakers were a nice mix of both external and industry,” commented Andrew. “Colin Rees had a lot of really useful tips for this industry. You wouldn’t think of it necessarily but the bike and MI industries are so similar.”

“There are parallels in getting families involved as well. Just like every kid learns to ride a bicycle, every child tries to learn an instrument.”

Musicroom purchasing director Kate Herd added: “The very first MIRC conference I went to was very much about burying heads in the sand, panicing and how Amazon was the devil, but this year’s was more about ideas and where the industry’s going.”

After the morning conference, the afternoon expo featured 26 manufacturers and distributors representing nearly 150 brands.

The overwhelming consensus was that the new venue in Whittlebury Hall, Northamptonshire, gave dealers a more engaging experience and the chance to get more facetime with exisiting and potentially new manufacturers and distributors.

“Last year people would walk around quickly and then go, but this year there’s a lot more engagement,” said Alan Barclay from Absolute Music. “It’s well organized and I’m struggling to get around to see everyone! I think it’s much better this way. London versus Whittlebury Hall – this is definitely a better choice.”

For more information about MIRC 2013 or next week’s event, contact Lisa.Carter@intentmedia.co.uk or call +44 (0)1992 535 646.