Intent Media launches market research service

Intent Media, one of the UK’s leading b2b publishing companies, is to start selling specialist market reports across a number of its websites – some generated by its own editorial teams and some from selected third party partners.

The service is already live on the Mobile Entertainment website – www.mobile-ent.biz  – which recently introduced a dedicated REPORTS section to its home page. It includes the Entertainment Retailers Association’s highly regarded Yearbook as well as exclusive, original data on the iPad and tablet market and mobile billing systems.

In July the firm’s flagship brand, MCV – www.mcvuk.com – will launch its own market research section. It will feature a wealth of data examining the current challenges and future evolution of the UK and international video game industry.

A deal has already been struck with one of the market’s leading qualitative research companies, Some Research. This will give MCV readers instant access to a series of Brand Maps – highly focused reports that deliver unique insights into awareness, pattern of play, quality rating, demographics, buying patterns, etc.

PCR, the leading trade media brand for the computer and IT industry, will launch a similar service later in the year. There are also plans to offer reports via Intent Media’s other trade brands, including Licensing.biz, Toy News and Develop.

Intent Media’s managing director Stuart Dinsey offered: “We are in the middle of an extensive programme of improvement and expansion across all our sites. The ability to offer our readers top quality market research, from our in-house teams and specialist partners such as Some Research.

"The newly launched section of mobile-ent.biz really is just the tip of the iceberg. By the end of the year we will be offering an array of reports, at a wide range of price points in sectors including video games, IT, toys, licensing, musical instruments and others.”

Finalists revealed for 2011 Develop Awards

Almost 100 games development firms are battling it out for one of 21 accolades at the 2011 Develop Awards.

The finalists have now been confirmed (see full list below), with 95 firms in total in the running. They hail from nine different countries, with 28 different games represented.

The overall finalists list is incredibly varied, with small indie teams, larger in-house studios, growing independents and format holders all out in full force.

Sony and Xbox have the most finalist slots, with their games and studios taking six nominations each.

In fact, the pair’s rival hardware – PlayStation Move and Kinect – go head-to-head in the technical innovation category. Key technology in both originated at the companies’ respective R&D centres in London and Cambridge.

Elsewhere Epic Games scores five nominations; three for Unreal Engine 3, and two for its Polish studio People Can Fly’s Bulletstorm.

Other companies with multiple nods include Rovio Mobile (creator of Angry Birds) with three nominations, and indie hit Minecraft and its creator Mojang Specifications scoring four nominations.

Over 150 outfits of all shapes and sizes – from one man micro studios up to 300+ sized teams – lobbied throughout April to be considered for the development sector’s most prestigious awards ceremony.

For a full list of finalists, click here.

The Develop Industry Excellence Awards are the only awards designed to reward the creative, commercial and innovative work done by European studios and the firms that support them.

Now, our panel of 100 games development execs from around the world will vote on the winners.

But the victorious studios will only be named on the night of the ceremony itself, July 20th. The event takes place at the Hilton Metropole Hotel, Brighton.

Contact Kathryn.Humphrey@intentmedia.co.uk or call 01992 535 646 to attend.

The event is sponsored by Crytek (Platinum Sponsor), Amiqus and Supermassive Games (Gold Sponsors), OPM Jobs (Table Gift Partner), Babel Media (Development Legend Award Partner) and Gamecity Hamburg
(Event Partner).

More sponsorship opportunities are available – contact Alex.Boucher@intentmedia.co.uk.

TV Technology Announces STAR, Mario Awards for the 2011 NAB Show

LAS VEGAS, NV (April 14, 2011) — TV Technology has announced the recipients for the coveted STAR and Mario Awards presented at the 2011 NAB Show.

Now celebrating its eleventh anniversary, the STAR Awards (for Superior Technology Award Recipient) are designed to celebrate and showcase the preeminent technological innovations available to the media industry. A judging panel of broadcast industry experts reviewed a variety of products and services, examined the technical applications and their overall contribution to the industry, and then submitted their award nominees.

“The NAB show serves as the launching pad for thousands of new products and services for audio and video professionals,” said Tom Butts, TV Technology Editor-in-Chief. “Our panel of editors walked the show floor in search of the most innovative technologies. The products and services that we selected for the STAR Award made the cut—they demonstrated their ability to help advance the acquisition and distribution of entertainment and information across the media spectrum.”

Organized in 1993, the Mario Awards were established to recognize products that represent significant technical breakthroughs—many of these products and services have gone on to significantly impact the future of audio and video technology. The awards are named after Mario Orazio, a pseudonym for a nameless engineer and a renowned technology columnist for TV Technology who pens the industry’s most widely read column “The Masked Engineer.” The awards are given out annually at the NAB Show to companies that demonstrate forward thinking and technical excellence in their products.

The STAR Award Recipients are:

Adobe — Adobe Creative Suite 5.5
AJA Video — KONA 3G v.9.0 driver software
Alteran —  Digikit
Avid — PhraseFind
Belden — HD Brilliance BNC Connectors
Bexel — Flyaway 3D Production Suite
Blackmagic Design — HyperDeck Studio
Canon — PL-Mount Digital Cine Zoom Lenses
Cineventions — ZoomCrane
Comrex — LiveShot
Dalet — Sportsfactory
Decimator Design — MD DUCC
Ensemble Designs — Avenue Flexible Matrix Router
Evertz — Mediator
FOR-A Corp. — VFC—7000 super slow motion 3D high definition camera system
Hamlet — DigiScope DS900
Harmonic — Omneon MediaPort 7000
Harris — Selenio
HiTech Systems — AVITA
Litepanels — H2
Matthews Studio Equipment — DC Slider
Miranda — VOD Publishing
MWA Nova GmbH — Laser Shrinkage Detector
Panasonic — AG-3DP1 3D Camcorder
Photon Beard — PhotonSpot Nova
Pixel Power — Channelmaster
Quantel — Qtube
Riedel — MediorNet Compact
Ross Video — Carbonite
Snell/The Application Store — ScreenToo
Sony — BVME170 Trimaster EL OLED Master Monitor
Sound Devices LLC — Pix 220 & Pix 240
SSL — C-Play
Telairity — SES3200 Video Encoding System
TV Logic — 5.6″ HDMI On-Camera Monitor
TVU Networks — TVUPack TM8000
Utah Scientific — Flex-I/O Option for Utah-400 Routers
Vinten — Vision Blue
Wheatstone — Dimension One
Wohler — Pandora Loudness Analyzer
The Mario Award Recipients are:

Atomos — Ninja HDMI Field Recorder/Monitor/Player
BHV Broadcast Ltd. — Video Ghost
Blackmagic Design — ATEM Camera Converter
Convergent Design — Gemini 4:4:4
Meduza Systems — The Meduza 4K Digital Stereoscopic 3D (S3D) Camera
Mushroom Networks — Teleporter Live Video Streaming System
MYT Works — MYT Glide
RTI — TapeCheck ProLine
Sony — CineAlta F65 4K Camera
VidiGo — Graphics Server

 

GamesAid raises over ?4,000 at MCV Awards

Over £4,000 was comfortably raised during last week’s MCV Industry Excellence Awards.

Money was raised on the evening itself but MCV Online readers could also donate here before and after.

The online fund raising will close this week, but so far £4,232 has been raised. If you would like a chance to donate click here.

"On behalf of GamesAid, I would like to thank everyone who stuck in a tenner as requested during the MCV Awards. The individuals and companies who donated via the Just Giving page also played a hugely significant role," commented MCV publisher and Intent Media boss Stuart Dinsey.

"It is a tremendous effort by everyone and I know that everyone involved with GamesAid is delighted that so many different people contributed."

Over 620 retailers, media and trade executives jammed into The Brewery, Chiswell Street, London for MCV Industry Excellence Awards last Thursday (April 7th).

A full update of winners and photos is available now.

Stars shine at MCV Awards 2011

An array of companies took home key accolades at last night’s MCV Industry Excellence Awards.

14 different companies claimed the 19 prizes, but no company dominated the winners’ list, reflecting the UK trade’s diversity.

650 execs from retail, publishing, development, distribution, PR and marketing jammed into London’s The Brewery to see the winners named.

Microsoft won the most awards, taking key prize Trade Marketing Team plus Best Use of Social Media and New Games Brand for Dance Central.

Ubisoft scored a big double-whammy. CEO Yves Guillemot himself attended to pick up the Grand Prix. Sales director Darren Bowen was also honoured with our Retail Advisory Board’s Special Recognition prize.

Nintendo (Marketing Team and Sales Team) and EA (Games Publisher and PR Team) also won big.

Other trade honours went to ShopTo (Independent Retailer), Gem (High Street Distribution Team) and Amazon (General Retailer).

THE WINNERS IN FULL

RETAIL AWARDS

Independent Retailer
ShopTo.Net

Star Store
HMV, Oxford Street

Digital Retail Innovation
Dead Rising 2 DLC (Capcom)

Specialist Retailer
GAME

General Retailer
Amazon

PR & MARKETING AWARDS

Peripherals & Accessories
Gioteck

Best Use of Social Media
Fable III Kingmaker App (Microsoft)

Game Campaign
Red Dead Redemption (Rockstar Games)

New Games Brand
Dance Central (Microsoft)

Trade Marketing Team
Microsoft

Marketing Team
Nintendo

PR Team
Electronic Arts

PEOPLE & INDUSTRY AWARDS

Digital Distribution Team
Sega 

High Street Distribution Team
Gem

Sales Triumph
F1 2010 (Codemasters)

Sales Team
Nintendo

Games Publisher
Electronic Arts

SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARDS

Retail Advisory Board: Special Recognition
Darren Bowen (Ubisoft)

Grand Prix
Ubisoft

New Editor and In-Person Event for Newbay Media’s Award-Winning School CIO Brand

Redesigned web site to follow for Tech & Learning’s sister publication

SAN BRUNO, CA (March 18, 2011) – SchoolCIO, NewBay Media’s award-winning sister publication to its 31-year, industry-leading Tech & Learning brand, has made significant additions to its editorial and online staff, as well as expanded its online and in-person event offerings, the company announced today.

“Tech & Learning’s motto is tools and ideas for edtech leaders,” says editorial director Kevin Hogan. “The SchoolCIO brand and the content that will come from its Web site, regular features in T&L’s print publication, and the first SchoolCIO Leadership Summit, will reinforce and reinvigorate the ideas that can best be implemented from a district leadership level.”

Ellen Ullman joins the staff as the full-time SchoolCIO.com editor. Ullman has been a magazine writer and editor since 1987 and has previously worked at Small Business Computing and FamilyPC. In 2003, she began reporting exclusively on K-12 and higher ed technology.

New features on SchoolCIO.com – which will be redesigned and re-launched later this year – include regular blog postings and editorial guidance from newly named SchoolCIO Advisors, including: Rob Mancabelli, CIO for Trinity School in New York; Doug Johnson, director of media and technology for the Mankato (MN) Public Schools; Debbie Karcher, CIO for Miami- Dade County Public Schools, the fourth largest school district in the nation; Thuan Nguyen, chief information and operations officer for the Kent (WA) School District; Karen Fuller, CTO at Klein ISD; Nancy Caramanico, director of technology, K-12, for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Catholic Schools; Julie Carter, executive director of technology from Minnetonka (MN ) School District; Jim Klein, director of information services and technology for the Saugus Union School District, CA; Chad Maxa, director of IT at the Intermediate District 287, MN; Coby Culbertson, director of technology from the Western Dubuque Community School District, IA; and Jen LaMaster, educational technology coordinator from Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indianapolis, IN.

Also new is the SchoolCIO Top Stories weekly e-newsletter, which wraps up the top 10 most-read stories of the week. This newsletter is in addition to SchoolCIO eNews, which will be increased to twice-weekly beginning in April.

In September SchoolCIO will launch its first Leadership Summit. This exclusive, invitation-only event will present timely and relevant content from the most authoritative speakers and advisors, along with unmatched networking opportunities. The two-day summit will be comprised of lively panel discussions and roundtables, one-on-one meetings and networking-focused social activities.

SchoolCIO will continue to appear as a monthly section in Tech & Learning magazine, with expanded editions in the March, May, June, and September issues.

First published in 2004, SchoolCIO provides high-quality ideas, strategies, and resources for senior-level technology leaders in K-12 school districts. Its mission is to help school technology professionals manage IT more effectively and efficiently, drive educational innovation, and advance their careers. Over the course of its nearly decade-long history, School CIO has received numerous awards including one for Editorial Excellence by the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE). Also ASBPE named it Best New Business-to-Business Web Site Publication in 2007 and Best Special Section in 2010.

Contact Ellen at schoolcio@nbmedia.com.

About Tech & Learning
For 30 years, Tech & Learning has been — and continues to be — the leading resource for K-12 leaders. Its publications, web sites and events provide factual and evaluative information on trends, products, and strategies to educators who purchase technology products in their districts and schools. Tech & Learning, published by NewBay Media LLC,delivers the highest quality content and essential resources to manage, train, and teach technology. For more information, visit www.TechLearning.com.

About NewBay Media LLC
NewBay Media’s market leading brands are centered on five vertical markets — Pro Audio, Broadcast & Video, Musical Instruments, AV/Consumer Electronics and K-12 Education. NewBay publishes and produces more than 40 publications and show dailies, 50 websites, 30 daily and weekly E-Newsletters, three Expos and more than 50 custom publishing efforts, annually. NewBay reaches more than three million readers in print and one million online and in person — around the world in more than 100 countries. Additional information on NewBay can be found by visiting www.nbmedia.com.

Audio Pro launches iPhone app

Own an iPhone? You can now download an app (iTunes link) that puts must-read content from the API website in the palm of your hand.

The app, sponsored by Bosch Communications Systems, offers up-to-the-minute news direct from audioprointernational.com.

You can also use it to search the API web archive and share stories via Twitter, Facebook, email and more.

It’s all part of our goal to make API content available across as many channels as possible, delivering maximum convenience to readers and extra value to advertisers.

Bosch Communications Systems is also sponsoring the Digital Edition of API magazine from the March issue, further extending our digital reach.

Helmut Seidl, public relations for Bosch Communications Systems, stated: “We consider Audio Pro’s website one of the well-founded sources in the audio business

Bosch Communications Systems are very pleased to be on board with the launch of its new iPhone application launch.

"The new app will ensure pro audio professionals are one step ahead by accessing high-value online news the fastest possible way, directly from the smartphone.”

Andrew Low, editor of API, said: “The world of publishing has changed, and API has changed with it. The website has been giving up to the minute news for some time now, however with the iPhone app you can receive updates directly, wherever you are.”

To find out how Audio Pro can support your business year-round across its print, online, email, mobile, app and social channels, contact Darrell Carter on +44 (0)1992 535 647.

Visit the iTunes App Store to download the free API iPhone app.

ToyNews launches iPhone app

Own an iPhone? You can now download a free application that puts must-read content from the ToyNews website in the palm of your hand.

The app, sponsored by Littlest Pet Shop, offers up-to-the-minute news direct from www.toynews-online.biz.
You can also use it to search the ToyNews web archive and share stories via Twitter, Facebook, email and more.

It’s all part of our goal to make ToyNews content available across as many channels as possible, delivering maximum convenience to readers and extra value to advertisers.

Hasbro’s PR and communications manager, Henry Foulds, said: "We’re delighted that Littlest Pet Shop is the sponsor of the new ToyNews iPhone app.

"Bringing news and information to the market in so many accessible formats increases the effectiveness of our marketing messages, putting them in front of our audience wherever they are."

Visit the iTunes App Store to download the free ToyNews app.

MI Pro launches iPhone app

Own an iPhone? You can now download an app (iTunes link) that puts must-read content from the MI Pro website in the palm of your hand.

The app, sponsored by Roland, offers up-to-the-minute news direct from mi-pro.co.uk.

You can also use it to search the MI Pro web archive and share stories via Twitter, Facebook, email and more.

It’s all part of our goal to make MI Pro content available across as many channels as possible, delivering maximum convenience to readers and extra value to advertisers.

“The new MI Pro smartphone app really nails it for me,” said Roland UK managing director Tim Walter.

“Although the MI Pro website and mag do a great job of covering industry developments, it used to be a pain to visit the website on your phone. Now I can get the same industry news and analysis, but much faster. Now all we need is a native iPad version!”
 
To find out how MI Pro can support your business year-round across its print, online, email, mobile, app and social channels, contact Darrell Carter or Jodie Holdway on +44 (0)1992 535 647.

Visit the iTunes App Store to download the free MI Pro app.

Julian House joins Intent Media

Julian House has been appointed international sales manager of  Intent Media’s games division.

He joins from  February 1st and will be working across leading  brands such as MCV, MCV Awards, London Games Conference, Develop, Develop 100,  Develop Awards, Games Media Awards, Sourcebook and  CasualGaming.biz.

House joins from  Future Publishing, where he was recruitment account manager and then business  development manager over a four year period at Edge. He has most recently been  working within outdoor and automotive.

"Intent Media’s  games events, websites and magazines have an increasingly international  appeal," said managing director Stuart Dinsey.

"Julian is well connected in the games business, bringing  experience and energy. Our huge daily online readership across MCV and  Develop, for example, gives us a massive opportunity within the recruitment space."

Intent specialises in websites, magazines and trade events for  entertainment, technology and leisure markets. It boasts market leading brands  within video games, toys, mobile content, home computing, licensing, musical  instruments, professional audio and cycling.

If you are an organisation outside of the UK and wish to discuss how you can engage with  Intent Media’s extensive global print, online and events audience  please contact Julian.house@intentmedia.co.uk.

For more  information go to www.intentmedia.co.uk