Booming casual games business gets own trade title

Intent Media, publisher of the leading games industry print and online brands MCV and Develop, has today launched a new trade website focused purely on video games’ fastest growing sector.
 
CasualGaming.biz will aid everyone selling, developing and distributing casual games for PC, console, mobile and TV formats. It will also provide information for those looking to enter the sector, estimated to be worth some $2.25bn*.  
 
The site will feature breaking news throughout the working day, regular interviews, features, analysis, statistics and more. 
 
There will also be a twice-weekly email newsletter sent to over 18,000 named professionals working in the interactive entertainment space. 
 
Site highlights include a Marketplace area for companies to showcase their latest Flash games to prospective publishers; a Directory; a Jobs Board and Community Blog for the entire casual games community.
 
Develop editor Michael French has been appointed executive editor of the site with MCVUK.com editor Tim Ingham acting as launch editor. 
 
"We have created CasualGaming.biz to serve a long-established, yet under-exposed games sector that everyone from retail to the biggest global publishers are investing in right now," said executive editor Michael French. 
 
A partnership has also been tied with the Seattle-based Casual Games Association.
 
Editorial: Michael.French@intentmedia.co.uk, Tim.Ingham@intentmedia.co.uk.
Advertising: Katie.Rawlings@intentmedia.co.uk, Lesley.blumson@intentmedia.co.uk

DV MAGAZINE ANNOUNCES 2008 NAB BEST OF SHOW WINNERS

Las Vegas, NV (April 17, 2008) — Digital Video (DV) magazine, published by NewBay Media, announced its Best of Show awards today at the 2008 National Association of Broadcasters Convention.

NewBay Media’s Broadcast & Video Group of products, which also includes Videography magazine, DV Expo and the Creative Planet Community of websites, is uniquely poised to recognize the full spectrum video technology. A select panel of engineers, production and post professionals and editors joined the magazine staffs to judge the Best of Show awards for each publication.

***image1***The Best of Show Awards recognize outstanding achievement in the advancement of the art and science of video technology. These awards include the Videography Vidy Awards, the longest-running NAB awards program; and the DV Black Diamond Awards, which launched in 2007.

“To receive an award, a technology is evaluated by our panel of editors and industry experts,” says NewBay

VIDEOGRAPHY MAGAZINE ANNOUNCES 2008 NAB BEST OF SHOW WINNERS

Las Vegas, NV (April 17, 2008) — Videography magazine, published by NewBay Media, announced its Best of Show awards today at the 2008 National Association of Broadcasters Convention.

NewBay Media’s Broadcast & Video Group of products, which also includes DV magazine, DV Expo and the Creative Planet Community of web sites, is uniquely poised to recognize the full spectrum video technology. A select panel of engineers, production and post professionals and editors joined the magazine staffs to judge the Best of Show awards for each publication.

***image1***The Best of Show Awards recognize outstanding achievement in the advancement of the art and science of video technology. These awards include the Videography Vidy Awards, the longest-running NAB awards program; and the DV Black Diamond Awards, which launched in 2007.

“Our teams searched the NAB show floor for products that were truly deserving of recognition,” says NewBay Media Broadcast &amp

Trade award categories unveiled

All 14 awards will be presented at the Cafe Royal on Thursday October 9th, in front of over 300 industry representatives. BikeBiz will choose five Finalists per category, with a panel of up to 100 judges from the trade choosing the winners.

THE CATEGORIES

Independent Bike Dealer
Open to any UK IBD with five stores or less

Online Retailer
Open to any retailer (online-only or the website of a High Street store) which has a significant bike offering

Specialist Chain
Open to any specialist High Street retailer with five or more stores

Non-Specialist Chain
Open to any High Street retailer which has a significant bike offering

Distributor: Bikes
Open to any UK distributor specialising in supplying retailers with complete bikes and/or frames

Distributor: Parts and Accessories
Open to any UK distributor specialising in supplying retailers with bicycle parts and accessories

Sales Team
Open to any UK-based sales team of a distributor or manufacturer, including in-house staff and out-sourced service companies

Manufacturer
Open to any manufacturer (either based in the the UK or an overseas corporation boasting a UK office) which has achieved notable commercial or critical success and general high levels of performance over the past 12 months

Sales Triumph
This award will highlight the product that has achieved better-than-expected sales at UK retail. Essentially, the award will celebrate the over-achiever of the past year

Product Innovation
Open to any distributor or manufacturer across all categories. Can be a single new product, range or product amendment. Must have been introduced to the UK market over the past 12 months

Marketing Team
Open to any UK-based marketing team with specialist or significant responsibilities within the cycling sector

Consumer Magazine
Open to any UK-based print publication specialising in cycling

Consumer Website
Open to any UK-based online editorial site, whether a news and reviews-based resource or an enthusiast blog.

Open to companies, associations and private individuals

There will also be a special Industry Achievement Award. This will be given to an individual who has contributed significantly to the business either over the past 12 months or historically. It can cover commercial, technical or environmental criteria

HOW THE AWARDS WORK

Finalists are chosen by the BikeBiz team, but we take soundings from all elements of the trade and invite lobbying. Readers can bring to our attention their own company if they think they should be considered, or a customer/client.

Simply provide a brief summary of the relevant award and why you or someone else should be considered.

The lobbying starts today and runs until Friday June 27th. Finalists will be announced in the August edition of BikeBiz, followed by a dedicated brochure celebrating all Finalists in September.

To lobby, simply email Lisa.Foster@intentmedia.co.uk

Winners are chosen by a panel of up to 100 judges taken from all sectors of the industry. The names of the judges are revealed prior to the event, after they have completed their voting.

BOOK NOW

The BikeBiz Awards will take place on the evening of Thursday October 9th at the Cafe Royal in London. The host for the evening will be comedian, author and broadcaster Bob Mills.

Intent Media is looking to raise the bar compared to previous events in the cycling industry.

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

Tables of 10 are priced at £1,475, with single tickets priced at £165.

Contact Orlaith.Kennedy@intentmedia.co.uk to reserve your place. This event will sell-out.

High value sponsorship packages, inclusive of a free table, on-the-night branding, complementary advertising and more are available via Stuart.Dinsey@intentmedia.co.uk.

TELEVISION BROADCAST ANNOUNCES TOP INNOVATORS FOR 2008

***image1***LAS VEGAS, NV (April 16, 2008) — TVB | Television Broadcast, the magazine and website for and about the broadcast TV business, presents its Top Innovators for 2008. Winners represent the nation’s 10 most influential HD power plays and players in the market.

This year, instead of focusing exclusively on technology, Television Broadcast recognizes 10 organizations, franchises, phenomena or technologies that have most recently had the greatest impact on the adoption and delivery of HDTV. They have had a definitive influence on leading the industry into the digital era. They are considered this year’s Top Innovators.

Winners were selected based on their impact, encouragement, support, enhancement and/or development of high-definition technology and awareness. They have been instrumental in advancing the phenomenon of HDTV, and will be profiled in the June issue of Television Broadcast magazine.

Telev

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 Orlaith.Kennedy@intentmedia.co.uk to reserve your place.

High value sponsorship packages, inclusive of a free table, on-the-night branding, complementary advertising and more are available via Stuart.Dinsey@intentmedia.co.uk.

JESSICA STRIANO NAMED BROADCAST AND VIDEO GROUP CLASSIFIED AD SALES REPRESENTATIVE

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.”

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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:

RETAIL CATEGORY

Independent Retailer:
Grainger Games

Specialist Retailer:
GAME

Entertainment Retailer:

HMV

Online Retailer:

Play.com

Star Store:

Zavvi, Oxford Street

PR & MARKETING CATEGORY

PR Team:
Nintendo

Game Campaign:

Halo 3 (Microsoft)

New Games Brand:

Assassin’s Creed (Ubisoft)

Trade Marketing Team:

Electronic Arts

Marketing Team:

Nintendo

PEOPLE & INDUSTRY CATEGORY

UK Development Team:
Codemasters

Distribution Team:

Centresoft

Sales Triumph:

Cooking Mama (505 Games)

Sales Team:

Ubisoft

Games Publisher:

Nintendo

SPECIAL RECOGNITION

Paul Donnelly (Gem)

GRAND PRIX

Nintendo

VYTAS URBONAS NAMED ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER OF TV TECHNOLOGY, TELEVISION BROADCAST AND GOVERNMENT VIDEO MAGAZINES

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