NEWBAY MEDIA ACQUIRES MIX, ELECTRONIC MUSICIAN, RADIO, AND SOUND & VIDEO CONTRACTOR FROM PENTON

NEW YORK, NY (February 1, 2011) — NewBay Media LLC (“NewBay”) announced that it has acquired Mix, Electronic Musician, DigitalContentProducer.com, Radio and Sound & Video Contractor (SVC) from Penton. Each title will continue to be published as part of NewBay’s line of print, online, and in-person products and services. Terms were not disclosed.

The addition of these powerful multimedia brands extends NewBay Media’s significant reach in the pro audio, video production/post and AV integration markets. Each of these well-respected brands features print, digital, and event assets.

· Mix provides comprehensive coverage of studio recording, live sound, audio for film and video, and music technology. NewBay’s acquisition includes the esteemed Mix Books portfolio, Remix, and the MIX – Nashville event.

· Electronic Musician features product reviews and announcements, applications and techniques for the latest music technology, interviews with pros and gear shootouts for musicians recording and producing music in a home or personal studio.

· Radio magazine takes an in-depth look at technology trends and applications for radio engineers and managers. Coverage is in print and online.

· Sound & Video Contractor (SVC) offers systems integrators, contractors, dealers, and consultants exclusive case studies, blogs, and podcasts.

· DigitalContentProducer.com, Millimeter, and Reel-Exchange cover the video sector in four critical areas: shoot, edit, distribute, and animate.

“This acquisition furthers the promise that was made when NewBay was founded — to offer the most comprehensive array of brands and media options in each of the verticals we serve,” states Steve Palm, CEO, NewBay Media. “The depth and breadth that NewBay now offers in the pro audio, video, and AV integration markets is unparalleled.

“I look forward to welcoming the talented teams from these brands into the NewBay family,” continues Palm. “The complementary editorial and sales efforts, combined with a focused investment in circulation for both digital and print properties, will benefit the newly acquired titles as well as NewBay’s existing portfolio.”

This marks the fourth major acquisition of brands by NewBay in recent years, adding titles from United Business Media’s CMP Entertainment Media division in September 2006, from IMAS in July 2007 and from Reed Business Information-US in December 2009. All of the previously acquired titles continue to thrive as part of the NewBay Media portfolio.

For more information, contact:

Anthony Savona

NewBay Media

212-378-0450

asavona@nbmedia.com

New look for ME website

In six years, ME has become the number one destination for the mobile content executive in search of news, analysis and opinion.

But there’s always room for improvement – especially when the web is changing so fast.

So the new ME website has been built to give you all the content you already love, packaged in a form conducive to our web-centric, socially-networked age.

We’re even adding new premium content in the form of affordable industry reports, plus rich new options for advertisers.

It’s all part of our goal to keep ME as the number one information source for our industry across as many channels as possible. Don’t forget we also have an ME app for the iPhone, with apps for Android and Nokia devices imminent.

Here’s how we’ve improved the ME site:

* Navigation

The focal point of the site itself is the Home Stream, which channels all the content uploaded to the site, whether it’s news, opinion, interviews, events, jobs or reports. We realised you’re more interested in what the story is about than its format.

* Customisation

One of our key objectives with the new site has been to put you in control. There’s a new account management area where you can manage all your preferences to build an ME website tailored just for you.

* Debate

Got something to say? We’ve revamped the comments system underneath articles. You also now have to be registered with the site to post a comment (this helps ensure the trade-only nature of the site) and you can even choose to ‘follow’ comment threads so you never miss the debate.

* Social networking

ME is already well-established on Twitter, Linked In and Facebook. But with the new site you now have the ability to share articles you like across your own accounts, direct from the page.

* ME reports

ME has been covering the mobile content business for six years, day in day out, so to extend our repertoire of services to include market data is a natural progression. And we’re making them affordable enough to go on your expenses. Click here for more info.

* Directory service

As part of ME’s drive to maintain its position as the premier destination for mobile content info, we’re improving our industry directory. From now on, everyone registering with the site can give their company a basic listing, with a paid-for premium option allowing you to add in a full company profile and extensive contact details (including social network accounts) for either a one, six or 12 month period.

* Jobs

Historically, the Jobs Board has been one of the busiest parts of the ME website, so we’ll be rolling out some significant updates that will enable you to post and manage your vacancies, in addition to submitting applications, with minimum fuss.

* Daily Digest and Newsflash services

Tens of thousands of content execs depend on ME’s afternoon email news round-up and as-it-happens newsflashes. We’ve tweaked these services too. More details to come soon.

For a full breakdown of our latest online statistics ­ and to find out how ME can support your business year-round ­ through its online, email, mobile, app and social channels, contact Katy Grant on +44 (0)1992 535 647.

Develop news app hits the iPhone

Own an iPhone? You can now download an app (iTunes link) that puts Develop’s daily must-read online news content in the palm of your hand.

The app offers a raft of unique functions, including up-to-the-minute news direct from Develop-Online.net plus a completely customisable homepage and industry event listings.

Develop Online for iPhone is sponsored by Blitz Games Studios and is completely free to download right now – click here to be taken direct to iTunes to download it straight away.

The app includes a fully-searchable news archive, the ability to save favourite articles for offline reading, Facebook and Twitter sharing functionality, side-swipe gesture to change articles, and YouTube video integration.

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

Develop Online for iPhone arrives as the Develop brand goes from strength to strength online and in print.

According to Google Analytics, online readership for www.develop-online.net hit 126,393 unique users in October. This is a second consecutive month of record traffic.

Magazine readership continues to hit new heights too, now comfortably over 10,000 a month across print and digital edition.

Develop Magazine has benefited from a range of initiatives, such as recent free subscription offers and the increasing popularity of a digital edition available either as a browser-based read or PDF.

Blitz Games Studio CEO Philip Oliver said: “We’re excited to be sponsoring Develop’s new iPhone app and see it as a great way to communicate with an even greater cross-section of our audience.”

To find out how Develop-online.net can support your business year-round contact Alex Boucher on +44 (0)1992 535 647.

For editorial opportunities, please contact Rob Crossley.

ME Awards 2010: A new mobile content generation triumphs

Over the years, the ME Awards have reflected the power base of the mobile content business.

Tonight was no exception, as the new giants of social media and app stores emerged to swoop the big prizes.

Chillingo, barely known a year ago but now ubiquitous thanks to Angry Birds, beat off the challenge of established powerhouses such as EA and Gameloft to win ‘Best Games Company’.

Meanwhile Foursquare bagged the new ‘Best Location Company’ gong ahead of rival nominees such as Booyah and Layar.

In the ‘Best Music Service Provider’ category, Spotify ended Shazam’s run of success, impressing the judges with the successful roll-out of its streaming music service onto mobile handsets.

The fifth annual ME Awards took place at the Royal Garden Hotel in London earlier this evening, attracting over 300 senior professionals from all over the world.

They were drawn from companies such as Google, PayPal, Nokia, RIM, Facebook, O2, Orange, OpenMarket and many more.

Here’s the complete list of winners:

Best Gambling Company
BetNow

Best Adult Company
A3 Media

Best Games Company
Chillingo

Best Location Company
Foursquare

Best Social Media Company
Facebook

Best Mobile Book Company
Mobcast

Best D2C Company
Neomobile

Best Video Service Provider
Saffron

Best Music Service Provider
Spotify

Best Games Service Provider
Unity

Best Transactions Provider
OpenMarket

Best App Developer
Handmark

Best Mobile Web Publishing Platform
Mobile Interactive Group – Kilrush

Best Advertising Company
AdMob

Best B2B Content Provider
Buongiorno

Best App Store
GetJar

Best Handset Company
HTC

Best Operator
O2 Telefonica

SPECIAL AWARD

Outstanding Contribution to Mobile Content
Omar Hamoui, founder of AdMob

This year’s ME Awards were sponsored by Nokia (Platinum Partner) Microsoft Advertising (Gold Partner), TIM w.e. (Event Partner), Out There Media (‘Best Operator’ Partner), IMR (Drinks Reception Partner) and Neomobile (‘Gambling Company’ Partner).

The winners were decided by a judging panel, drawn from the ME contacts book and consisting of around 400 execs from all sectors of the business.

1,598 download MCV app in first two weeks

Just two weeks after its official launch the MCV Online iPhone app has been downloaded 1,598 times.

The free app has proved an instant hit with the trade who want to access our news. And the impressive numbers come off the back of MCV’s overall brand strength.

Did you know that our MCV iPad digital app has been downloaded 3,000 times?

That means, over 14,000 retailers and trade professionals now read either the print, iPad or browser edition of our magazine every week.

Meanwhile our online content has achieved an average monthly readership of over 250,000 trade and elite gamers throughout 2010.

The app offers a raft of unique functions, including up-to-the-minute news direct from MCVuk.com plus a completely customisable homepage and industry event listings.

MCV Online for iPhone is completely free and available to download right now – click here to be taken direct to iTunes to download it straight away.

The app includes a fully-searchable news archive, the ability to save favourite articles for offline reading, Facebook and Twitter sharing functionality, side-swipe gesture to change articles, and YouTube video integration.

The new app goes live following the incredibly successful roll-out of the new MCV digital edition and associated iPad app.

 

PCR launches iPhone and iPad apps, plus new PC digital edition

You can now can get IT trade news instantly via the new PCR iPhone and iPad apps, plus a relaunched Digital Edition for your desktop browser.

It’s all part of our ongoing mission to make PCR content available in as many formats as possible, delivering extra value for advertisers and convenience to readers.

The iPad app is a full, rich media edition of the print magazine, and includes videos and live links within articles from the November issue of PCR.

Email and push notifications will alert the user as future issues of the magazine become available to download to the app.

The companion Digital Edition for your desktop browser packs the same rich media functionality.

Meanwhile, the up to the minute, round-the-clock coverage of the global technology industry provided by the PCR-online.biz website is now available through an iPhone app, bringing you all the content in a specialised format for reading while on the move.

VIP Computers has signed up as sponsor of both the iPad and iPhone apps, as well as the new browser Digital Edition.

“The world of publishing has changed, and PCR has changed with it,” said Lisa Foster, managing editor of PCR. “The website has been giving up to the minute news for years now, however with the iPhone app you can now receive updates directly, wherever
you are.

"The print publication remains our main brand, but porting this content to an iPad format ensures the high quality of PCR’s core property is delivered to a wider audience, while retaining the look and feel of a magazine.”

MCV news app for iPhone available now

Own an iPhone? You can now download an app that puts MCV’s daily must-read online news content in the palm of your hand.

The app offers a raft of unique functions, including up-to-the-minute news direct from MCVuk.com plus a completely customisable homepage and industry event listings.

MCV Online for iPhone is completely free and available to download right now – click here to be taken direct to iTunes to download it straight away.

The app includes a fully-searchable news archive, the ability to save favourite articles for offline reading, Facebook and Twitter sharing functionality, side-swipe gesture to change articles, and YouTube video integration.

The new app goes live following the incredibly successful roll-out of the new MCV digital edition and associated iPad app.

The interactive iPad edition of the weekly MCV magazine, including embedded video content, is now read by 3,000 industry professionals.

The digital edition is completely free and is also viewable via all PC and Mac web browsers – click here for our archive of issues.

“MCV continues to widen its print edition and web-based readership,” commented MCV publisher and Intent Media boss Stuart Dinsey.

“Over 14,000 retailers and trade professionals now read either the print, iPad or browser edition every week, whilst our online content has achieved an average monthly readership of over 250,000 trade and elite gamers throughout 2010.”

We’ve also added a host of new functions to the MCV magazine iPad digital edition.

These include: push notifications to keep you notified when new issues go live; embedded video playback and an in-built media player; options to download content or stream it later; web links in URLs, text and images; and a vector text function that means the copy on each page will appear crisp even at the highest zoom level.

And coming soon this month: in-app browsing for when you click URLs leading away from the digital edition; slideshow galleries; and a single-page landscape mode.

You can download the free iPad app here.

Click here to download our free iPhone news app here.

Brand new look for BikeBiz.com

We are delighted to present the all new BikeBiz.com, which we’ve released as a public beta following several months of alpha testing.

The site is the culmination of an eight month development project, encompassing a state of the art site framework, a brand new content management system (CMS) and integration of a best of breed advertising platform.

What does all that mean? Quite simply, it means all the cycle industry news and analysis you already love, packaged in a form conducive to our web-centric, socially-networked age.

And because it’s so cutting edge, we want your your help and feedback as we fine-tune the new-look BikeBiz over the coming weeks. But more on that later. First, let’s take a look around.

The focal point of the site itself is the Home Stream, which not only channels all the content uploaded to the site (News, Features, Events, Jobs), but can also be customised by the reader.

In fact, one of our key objectives has been to put you in control. There’s a new account management area where you can manage all your BikeBiz preferences and services.

We also want to stimulate debate on the site, so by popular demand we’ve re-introduced the ability to comment directly underneath articles (providing you have registered – another way we are ensuring the trade-only nature of the site). You can even choose to ‘follow’ comment threads so you never miss the debate.

We’ve also completely overhauled the BikeBiz Forum, again using best of breed software that will enable you to interact with your industry peers in the ways you’ve been calling for.

Did someone mention social networking? You can now follow BikeBiz on our official Twitter, Linked In and Facebook pages. Not only that, but you now have the ability to share articles you like across your own Twitter and Facebook accounts, direct from the page.

The Marketplace has also been overhauled so that everyone registering with the site can give their company a basic listing – with a paid for premium option allowing you to add in a full company profile and extensive contact details (including social network accounts) for either a six or 12 month period.

Historically, the Jobs Board has been one of the busiest parts of the BikeBiz website, so we’ll be rolling out some significant updates over the next couple of weeks to enable you to post and manage your vacancies, in addition to submitting applications, with minimum fuss.

And that’s not all. In the next few days we’ll be rolling out our new-look Daily Digest and Newsflash email services, in addition to a few other bells and whistles.

In keeping with the famous BikeBiz community spirit, we’re encourage you to help us put the site through its paces over the next few weeks during its ‘beta’ release.

What we’re after is positive, constructive feedback. Can we change the colour scheme to blue? Probably not. Can we fix a broken link? Absolutely.

You can use our new Forum to talk to us – our team of designers and developers are waiting in there now to pick up on anything you flag up and deal with it as quickly as possible. They’re a friendly bunch, so don’t be shy!

 

PC Zone heads roll call of winners at Games Media Awards

Imagine, Eurogamer, IGN, Future and The Guardian were all part of an eclectic list of winners at last night’s Games Media Awards.

In front of a packed audience at London’s Bloomsbury Ballroom, the event ended amidst emotional scenes as PC Zone, the magazine that recently closed after 17 years service, was presented with the Games Media Legend award. Members of the editorial team past and present gathered on stage to collect the honour – and a wreath spelling out RIPCZone. Oh and they were joined by a Chilean miner, obviously.

Other highlights included two wins for Jon Blyth – one for Best Writer, Print, the other in the Best Broadcast category for The Blyth Report on IGN. The website claimed another victory when Martin Robinson picked the Rising Star award.

One of the surprises of the night came when the Edge/Games TM duopoly of the Magazine category was broken by Imagine’s Retro Gamer.

Eurogamer’s stranglehold on the Games Website award couldn’t be loosened, however, as the team scored its fourth win in a row – although individual honours were scooped by CVG’s Tim Ingham, named Best Writer, Online.

The complete list of winners is as follows:

Games Media Legend – PC Zone
Games Magazine – Retro Gamer
Games Website – Eurogamer
Games Blog – Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Specialist Writer, Print – Jon Blyth
Specialist Writer, Online – Tim Ingham, CVG
Regional Games Columnist – Dave Cook, The Scotsman
Games Coverage by a National Newspaper – The Guardian
Games Coverage by a Mainstream Magazine – Shortlist
Games Broadcast or Podcast – The Blyth Report
Rising Star – Martin Robinson, IGN

The Games Media Awards are voted on by a panel of over 150 games journalists and PRs. They recognise the best in specialist, mainstream, print and digital games media.

NPD ties with ToyNews and Licensing.biz

The agreement extends ToyNews’ coverage to include improved category analysis, more detailed sector trends and also extends NPD’s licensing data to sister site Licensing.biz

Jez Fraser-Hook, director of NPD’s toy business, said: “NPD are very happy to continue to work hand in hand with Toy News to provide quality insight into the challenging UK toy market. We hope that readers continue to find something of interest among the new articles and information to be provided.”

NPD has had a partnership with leading entertainment and leisure trade publisher Intent Media for eight years. But this deal is the biggest yet, covering more content and stretching across two of Intent’s leading brands.

"This extended deal with NPD highlights our commitment to providing readers with high quality information in print and online," said publisher Stuart Dinsey.

"The partnership further underlines our market leadership position, which is proven by everything from ABC and Google Analytics stats to word of mouth. There is more to come too, including an iPhone business app for execs on the move and an expansion of our contract publishing and business networking solutions."

Intent Media also publishes the leading trade titles for markets such as video games, home computing, musical instruments, mobile content, live sound and cycling.