New look for ToyNews online

The sleek upgrade reinforces the site’s position as the leading news source for the toy industry, offering breaking stories, in-depth features and industry comment.

Importantly, our URL has also changed to www.toynews-online.biz, so make sure you update your bookmarks (but don’t worry – all links from the old site will be re-directed accordingly).

Our new website also brings with it a number of new features, including a customisable news feed page. We’re on Twitter too.

News content is now grouped into categories specific for major industry segments, products, channels or events, so readers can find news relevant to their interest.

ToyNews-Online.biz also includes a working directory of companies and organisations from within the industry, and digital downloads of our previous print editions.

Are you looking for a new job? Or are you a recruiter with a vacancy to fill? The ToyNews vacancy board will cater for all your needs.

We all know the toys industry revolves around its events – too many to keep track of? Not any more – check out our fully comprehensive events calendar.

The site also boasts a new look for its email alerts, which keep you abreast of all the latest news. They’re available as either as a Daily Digest, which includes a summary of the day’s news, or a Newsflash for breaking news. If you’re not signed up already, you can do so here.

ToyNews’ managing editor Ronnie Dungan is the main point of contact for the new site. He can be reached on +44 (0) 1992 535646, or email Ronnie.Dungan@intentmedia.co.uk.

ToyNews-online.biz also offers an increased number of online advertising and sponsorship opportunities.

To find out more contact Ronnie.Dungan@intentmedia.co.uk, or call +44 (0)1992 535 647.

NEWBAY MEDIA ACQUIRES BROADCASTING & CABLE, MULTICHANNEL NEWS, AND TWICE

NEW YORK, NY (December 1, 2009) — NewBay Media LLC announced that it has acquired Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News, and This Week in Consumer Electronics (TWICE) from Reed Business Information-US. Each title will continue to be published as part of NewBay’s line of print, online, and in-person products and services.

The addition of these three powerful brands extends NewBay Media’s significant reach in the broadcast television and consumer electronics markets.

 

UK media darlings hailed at GMAs

Last night’s Games Media Awards proved to be something of a personal triumph for Pat Garratt. Eurogamer and  Future didn’t do too badly, either.

Videogaming247, launched by Garratt in partnership with the Eurogamer Network last year, won the Best Blog category, while the man himself was Best Specialist Writer, Online. The evening then culminated with him being crowned Games Media Legend, following in the footsteps of Gary Penn and Steve Jarratt.

Eurogamer.net, meanwhile, was named Best Website for the third year in a row and Edge retained the Best Magazine title, despite stiff competition from two Imagine titles, GamesTM and Retro Gamer.

The Guardian also successfully defended its title in the National Newspaper category, while Shortlist dislodged FHM in the Mainstream Magazine stakes.

A popular winner on the night was One Life Left. The radio show about videogames that sometimes gets distracted was named Best Broadcast. Regional Games Column of the year was the syndicated Games Addict, by veteran writer Dan Slingsby.

Another crowd favourite was Jon Blyth, who triumphed as Best Writer, Print. This year’s Rising Star, meanwhile, was Mike Channell, of Official Xbox Magazine.

For more information about the Games Media Awards please contact Dave.Roberts@intentmedia.co.uk

London Games Conference sold out

Some 230 key execs from all segments of the European games industry will attend a sold-out London Games Conference later this month.

The conference is hosted and organised by ME sister publication MCV.

Only limited sponsorship and special case attendance slots remain open for the afternoon and evening event, which takes place at BAFTA, Piccadilly on Tuesday October 27th.

The London Games Conference is an annual conference centred on key industry themes. This year’s theme of ‘Digital Distribution & The Future of the European Games Market’ has initiated a huge response.

Numerous topline speakers include Playfish CEO and co-founder Kristian Segerstrale, PlayStation Home director Pete Edward and Xbox UK and Ireland boss Neil Thompson.

Sponsors include Direct 2 Drive, Zavvi.com, Team 17, Powerplay, CD Team and GameStreamer.

Impressively, delegates have rolled in from all the big names in the industry and beyond, including the BBC, Disney, Eidos, GAME, Gamespot, Gem, Koch, Konami, Kuju, Microsoft, NC Soft, Nintendo, Nokia, Orange, Play.com, Sony Computer Entertainment, Sega, Sky, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Hut, THQ and Warner Bros.

"We have been blown away with the level of interest in our first London Games Conference. We also know that the low price has been well received, as has the conference and networking concept that we have rolled out," commented Stuart Dinsey, managing director of LGC organiser Intent Media.

"With such a fantastic array of speakers, bespoke sector research and a BAFTA auditorium jam-packed with quality delegates, we’re very excited at the prospect of the entire industry discussing an essential topic."

The London Games Conference will be kicked off by Shadow Minister for Culture Ed Vaizey.

For a full itinerary and more details go to www.londongamesconference.com.

Last minute requests for special case attendance or sponsorship should be directed to Rob.Baker@intentmedia.co.uk.

Media enquiries should go to Charlotte@bastion.co.uk

ME Awards 2009: The Winners

The ceremony, hosted by Mobile Entertainment magazine, rewards innovation and creativity in the mobile content sector and took place earlier tonight at the Royal Garden Hotel in London.

It attracted guests from over 120 companies in media, technology and entertainment from around the world.

The awards recognised achievement in the following categories: development and publishing; services; handsets and operators. 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.

It was a great night for Apple, which retained the Best Handset Company award, and for Flirtomatic, Shazam and Admob, all of which retained their awards from the 2008 event. First time winners included PlayPhone, Vodafone, Universal Music, Saffron Digital and others.

But the loudest applause of the evening went to Neeraj Roy, who became the fourth winner of the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Mobile Entertainment’ award. He received his prize for building India’s biggest mobile content company, and for his energy in promoting the industry all over the world.

Tim Green, executive editor of Mobile Entertainment magazine, said: “The ME Awards event is a chance for the mobile content business to celebrate its amazing progress into the mainstream. And with the whole world obsessed with apps and widgets, it really feels like the industry is at the centre of things. Congratulations to all the winners.”

Our generous sponsors this year are Nokia Ovi (Gold Partner), Nielsen (Silver Partner), Mobile Interactive Group (Operator Award Partner), PlayPhone (Games Publisher Awards Partner) Partnertrans (Exclusive Drinks Reception Partner), MplayIt (Social Media Award Partner), IMR Executive (Best D2C Company Award Partner), Neomobile (Best Marketing & Advertising Company Award Partner), Out There Media (Best Handset Company Award Partner) and Velti (after show party partner).

The winners in full:

DEVELOPMENT AND PUBLISHING

Best Gambling Company
Cellectivity

Best Adult Company
Cherry Media

Best D2C Company (Sponsored by IMR Executive)
PlayPhone

Best Games Developer
Digital Chocolate

Best Games Publisher (Sponsored by PlayPhone)
EA Mobile

Best Music Label
Universal Music

Best Video Company
BBC

Best Social Media Company (Sponsored by Mplayit)
Flirtomatic

SERVICES

Best Video & TV Service Provider
Saffron Digital

Best Games Service Provider
Metaflow

Best Music Service Provider
Shazam

Best Transactions Provider
Ericsson IPX

Best Publishing Platform
Netbiscuits

Best Search and Location Company
Yahoo Mobile

Best Marketing & Advertising Company (Sponsored by Neomobile)
AdMob  

Best App Store
Apple

OPERATORS AND HANDSETS

Best Handset Company (Sponsored by Out There Media)
Apple

Best Operator (Sponsored by Mobile Interactive Group)
Vodafone

SPECIAL AWARD
Outstanding Contribution to Mobile Entertainment
Neeraj Roy, CEO of Hungama Mobile

For more information about the ME Awards please contact Tim Green at Intent Media on
+44 (0)1992 535646 / tim.green@intentmedia.co.uk

 

Key speakers confirmed for London Games Conference

The programme for the London Games Conference has been announced, with an impressive and eclectic line-up of speakers, panellists and topics.

Tickets are still available to order too, from Rob.Baker@intentmedia.co.uk.

Themes already emerging for the first event dedicated to digital distribution include how established firms are adapting to the emergence of online sales, and how specialist companies and new business models are rising up to challenge them.

The event, which takes place at BAFTA in Piccadilly on Tuesday, October 27th, starts at 5pm with an opening address from Ed Vaizey, the shadow minister for culture, who will outline the Conservative Party’s plans for the industry.

The conference proper then gets underway with a ‘big picture’ presentation from Nick Parker, one of the industry’s most respected analysts, outlining the current landscape and projected growth for digital distribution.

Other highlights include a session chaired by former Sony Computer Entertainment boss Phil Harrison looking at the decline and possible demise of physical media.

There is also a panel headed by Edge editor Tony Mott in which the three hardware kings, Nintendo, Sony and Microsoft, will all discuss their online gaming services and plans to expand them.

Xbox UK boss Neil Thompson and the director of PlayStation Home Pete Edwards will both attend this discussion.

Tickets, priced at £229, are selling fast. To secure your delegate place, please contact or call 01992 535647. Discounts are available for ELSPA and Tiga members.

All information about the event can be found at www.londongamesconference.com

The full London Games Conference programme is as follows:

Tuesday, October 27th BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London

4:30pm – Registration

5:05pm – Opening Address
Ed Vaizey, Shadow Minister for Culture
The man who may well be the games industry’s next voice in government talks directly to the London Games Conference for the event’s opening speech.

5:10pm – The Future of Digital Distribution
Nick Parker, Parker Consulting
Where are we headed next? One of the games market’s most respected analysts outlines the current digital distribution landscape and offers up exclusive pointers to the future of the sector.

5:35pm – Daddy, What’s a Disc?
A panel discussion on the death of physical media and the business models that will replace them.
Host: Phil Harrison, Former president of Sony     Worldwide Studios
Panellists: Kristian Segerstrale, CEO and co-founder, Playfish; Mark Gerhard, CEO, Jagex; Thomas Bidaux, CEO, ICO Partners

6:10pm – Coffee

6:30pm – The New Food Chain
Video games will still be made, sold and distributed. But not like they have been. This panel discussion will look at the new lines of demarcation between development, retail, publishing and distribution.
Host: Andy Payne, ELSPA
Panellists: Charles Cecil,  CEO, Revolution Software; Nick Pili, Network Director, SEGA; Gian Luzio, Product Director, The Hut; Rich Keen, Marketing Director, Direct2Drive

7:00pm – Charting the Progress of PC Downloads
Dorian Bloch, GfK-ChartTrack
The man behind the UK games sector’s invaluable sales charts (and holder of vast amounts of market data) talks on how digital distribution is the future of the PC games market – and makes a forceful case for a industry download chart.

7:20pm – Outside the Box
Key figures from the market’s three established format holders discuss their roles in the brave new digital future.
Host: Tony Mott, Edge
Panellists: Pete Edwards, Director, PlayStation Home, SCE; Neil Thompson, Senior Regional Director, UK & Ireland, Microsoft; TBA, Nintendo

8:00pm – Dinner and Networking

Audio Pro International Awards finalists revealed

The awards acknowledge the best products, companies and people in all sectors of the business. Our readers have sent in their nominations for the award categories and a wide judging panel, drawn from all sectors of the business, will now choose the winners.

The final results will be announced in the October issue of Audio Pro magazine, published by Intent Media.

Good luck to all finalists, which are as follows:

Live & Installed Sound
 
BEST LIVE SOUND EVENT

     * Download Festival 09 Main Stage – SSE Audio
     * Glade Main Stage – Audio Plus
     * Take That, Circus Tour – Capital Sound
     * Roskilde Orange Stage – Seelite
     * U2 360° Tour – Clair Global

MOST INNOVATIVE INSTALLATION
 
     * Ecco Ultra Lounge, Hollywood – Joe Lodi
     * Rock City Nottingham – SSE Audio Group
     * Matter Club 02 London – Void Acoustics
     * The Atrium, Westfield London shopping complex – Delta Sound
     * Tripod, Dublin – Acoustic Audio
 
BEST NEW LIVE SOUND PRODUCT

     * L-Acoustics  – K1/SB2B PA
     * Digico – SD8
     * MC2 – E90
     * Midas – Pro6
     * Tannoy – VQ Live

BEST NEW INSTALLATION PRODUCT

     * Lab.gruppen – C 88:4
     * Powersoft –  Due Canali 5204
     * Adamson – Point Series
     * Furman – Pl-Pro Dmc E Power Conditioner
     * d&b audiotechnik – Q-Series

 BEST LIVE SOUND ENGINEER

     * Gary Bradshaw – (FOH) Take That, George Michael, Depeche Mode, Pink Floyd and Brian Ferry
     * Robbie McGrath – (FOH) Kasabian, Rolling Stones, The Pet Shop Boys
     * Kenneth OEPooch’ Van Druten – (FOH) Linkin Park, Kiss
     * Clem Bennett – (FOH) The Script, Just Jack, Bullet for my Valentine, Arch Enemy, Funeral for a Friend, The Horrors, Fightstar
     * Andy OEBaggy’ Robinson – George Michael’s personal monitor engineer, Live8, The Big Chill

BEST AFTER-SALES SUPPORT

     * SSE Audio Group
     * Digico
     * Adamson Systems Engineering
     * Audio-Technica
     * Midas Consoles

BEST NEW COMPANY

     * Ward Steedsy Associates
     * EM Acoustics
     * Seesound SL
     * HD Pro Audio
     * Red Square Audio

Studio & Broadcast Sound

BEST NEW STUDIO PRODUCT

     * Analogue Tube – AT-101
     * Avid – Pro Tools 8
     * Universal Audio – UAD-2 Nevana 32 card
     * SE Electronics – RNR1 Neve ribbon microphone
     * Bricasti Design – M7 reverb

  BEST STUDIO ENGINEER

     * John Agnello – Sonic Youth, Dinosaur JR.
     * Dan Carey – Franz Ferdinand, Lily Allen, Hot Chip
     * Hayden Bendall – Paul McCartney, Rush, Fleetwood Mac
     * Mick Glossop – Frank Zappa, Van Morrison
     * Tony Platt – AC/DC, Bob Marley

BEST BROADCAST SOUND

     * The Brits – ITV
     * Eurovision Song Contest – Channel One, Moscow
     * X Factor – ITV
     * Wimbledon – BBC
     * Guinness Premiership Ruby – Sky Sports

BEST NEW STUDIO

     * Motor Museum – Liverpool, UK
     * Odds On Records and Studios – Henderson, NV, USA
     * The Doghouse – Oxfordshire, UK
     * Kore Studios – West London, UK
     * Black Rock Studio – Santorini Island, Greece
 
MOST ORIGINAL STUDIO INITIATIVE

     * The Way Studio – music, media and marketing scheme
     * All Studios website – discounted recording time opportunities
     * APRS – New revenue streams for studios
     * Metropolis Studio – Multi-media DVD authoring/mastering and imastering, studio and live venue combination
     * GHQ Sonic Cuisine – Referral scheme set up and loyalty programmes

BEST AFTER-SALES SUPPORT

     * Studiospares
     * Yellow Technology
     * Audio-Technica
     * Sonic Distribution
     * KMR Audio

BEST NEW COMPANY

     * T2
     * Dangerous Music
     * JDK Audio
     * Rupert Neve Designs
     * Bricasti Design
 
Lifetime Achievement Award
 
     * Fred Heuves – Synco/Ampco Flashlight
     * Steve Levine – producer and MPG chairman
     * Peter Gabriel – Real World Studios
     * Charlie Watkins – WEM
     * Mike Lowe – Britannia Row

Brand new look for ME website

As you might have noticed, ME has just overhauled its web presence.

The sleek upgrade reinforces the site’s position as the leading news source for the global mobile content industry, featuring breaking stories, industry comment, interviews with leading names, company spotlights and in-depth profiles.

Our new website also brings with it a number of new features, including a customisable news feed page and an improved comment system. We’re on Twitter too – check out our handles (and those of our sister publications) here.

News content is now grouped into categories specific for major industry subjects, platforms, channels or events, so readers can find news relevant to their interest.

Mobile-Ent.biz also includes a working directory of  mobile content companies and organisations, and digital downloads of our previous print editions.

Are you looking for a new job? Or are you a recruiter with a vacancy to fill? The ME Jobs Board will cater for all your needs.

We all know the mobile content industry revolves around myriad events – too many to keep track of? Not any more – check out our fully comprehensive events calendar.

The site also boasts a new look for its email alerts, which keep you abreast of all the latest news. They’re available as either as a Daily Digest, which includes a summary of the day’s news, or a Newsflash for breaking news. If you’re not signed up already, you can do so here.

ME’s online editor Stuart Dredge is the main point of contact for the new site. He can be reached through email on Stuart.Dredge@intentmedia.co.uk.

Alternatively, ME executive editor Tim Green can be contacted on +44 (0) 1992 535 646, or at Tim.Green@intentmedia.co.uk.

ME also offers an increased number of online advertising and sponsorship opportunities. Get in touch by sending an email to Tom.Roberts@intentmedia.co.uk, or call +44 (0)1992 535 647 for more details.

 

BikeBiz Awards finalists revealed

One nominee from each category will receive a BikeBiz Award, which will feature a live event for the first time this year in association with Cycle Show 2009.

The Awards – officially partnered by Cube and Citrus-Lime – will be handed to the winners at a trade-only drinks reception at Cycle Show on Thursday October 8th.

The nominees are:

INDEPENDENT RETAILER
18 Bikes, Derbyshire
Pennine Cycles, Bradford
Station Cycles, Cambridge
Condor Cycles, London
Rutland Cycling, Oakham

ONLINE RETAILER
Cycling Bargains
TfTuned
Tarty Bikes
Wiggle
Chain Reaction

HIGH STREET CHAIN
Evans
Halfords
Cycle Surgery
Cyclelife
Cycles UK

DISTRIBUTOR – BIKES
Silverfish
Hotlines
Jim Walker
Madison
Hot Wheels
Reece
Seventies

DISTRIBUTOR – PARTS & ACCESSORIES
Paligap
Zyro
Fisher Outdoors
Moore Large
Extra
2Pure
Madison

CONSUMER MAGAZINE
Cycling Plus
Ride
The Ride Journal
Singletrack
CTC Cycle Magazine

CONSUMER WEBSITE
MPORA
Bikeradar
Road.cc
Bikerumor.com
Singletrack

MARKETING TEAM
Silverfish
Cannondale
Fisher Outdoors
Evans
Pashley
Madison
Raleigh

MANUFACTURER
Charge
Cannondale
KHE
Giant
Merida
Brompton
Hope

Cycle Show organiser Upper Street Events will be choosing and presenting the final award on the night – for Best Cycle Show Stand.

An independent panel of 50 judges from the trade will select their recommendations for each category. If you’d like to be part of the judging process please contact the BikeBiz team at Jonathon.Harker@intentmedia.co.uk or Carly.Bailey@intentmedia.co.uk.

Games Media Awards finalists named

The finalists have been announced for this year’s Games Media Awards.

Hundreds of you participated in an open nominations process, resulting in a field of runners and riders that should lead to plenty of discussion, celebration, sniping and, ultimately, 11 worthy winners.

Eurogamer.net, Future Publishing, Imagine Publishing Videogaming247 and Videogamer score the most nominations.

Next, a selected judging panel consisting of over 200 members of the games media and industry PRs will be asked to deliver their verdict ahead of the big night at Jongleurs in Camden on the evening of Thursday, October 15th.

There is no shortlist for the Games Media Legend award. Instead, soundings have been taken and the recipient will be announced on the night. They will join previous winners Gary Penn and Steve Jarratt in the GMA Hall of Fame.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities or trade tickets please contact Dave.Roberts@intentmedia.co.uk

Here are the finalists in full:

Best Games Magazine

Games TM – Imagine Publishing
Edge Magazine – Future Publishing
PC Gamer – Future Publishing
Retro Gamer – Imagine Publishing
Official Xbox 360 Magzine – Future Publishing
 
Best Games Website

Eurogamer.net – Eurogamer Network
VG247.com – videogaming247
Gamespot.com – CBS Interactive
Videogamer.com – Pro-G Media
NowGamer.com – Imagine Publishing
Incgamers.com – IncGamers

Specialist Writer (Print)

Jon Blyth – Freelance (PC Zone)
Tom Francis – PC Gamer
Matt Handrahan – Games TM
Matthew Castle – NGamer
Darran Jones – Retro Gamer
Gillen McAllister – Official Xbox 360 Magazine
 
Specialist Writer (Web)

Dan Howdle – Nowgamer.com
Wesley Yin Poole – Videogamer.com
Pat Garratt – VG247.com
Ellie Gibson – Eurogamer.net
Chris Schilling – Gamerzines
Simon Parkin – Freelance (Eurogamer)
 
Games Coverage in a Mainstream Magazine

Zoo Weekly – Bauer Consumer Media
Nuts – IPC Media
Shortlist – Shortlist Media
FHM – Bauer Consumer Media
Front – Flip Media

Games Blog

Rockpapershotgun.com
VG247.com
Ukresistance.co.uk
Guardian Games Blog
Nowgamer.com

Coverage in a National Paper

The Guardian
The Daily Telegraph
Daily Star Sunday
The Independent
The Sun
The Daily Mirror

Games Broadcast/Podcast

One Life Left – www.onelifeleft.com
Eurogamer.tv – www.eurogamer.tv
Game On – BBC Radio 5 Live
Start/Select – uk.gamespot.com  
Games Weasel – www.gamesweasel.com
Johnny Minkley – BBC Radio 1

Rising Star

Neon Kelly – Videogamer.com
Samuel Roberts – 360 Magazine
Matthew Pellett – Xbox World 360
Chris McMahon – Games TM
Graham Smith – PC Gamer
Mike Channell – Official Xbox 360 Magazine

Regional Games Columnist

Ross Wilkinson – Press Association
Dave Cook – The Scotsman
Steven Fox – Metro
Dan Slingsby – Games Addict
Ian Crump – Southern Daily Echo

Games Media Legend

The winner of this award will be named on the night

505 and Warner Bros. are the latest to sign up as sponsors. The two publishers join Gold Sponsors New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Xbox 360, EA, F1 2009 from Codemasters, DJ Hero and Sega, plus National Newspaper sponsor Saw and main bar sponsor Wet.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities or trade tickets please contact Dave.Roberts@intentmedia.co.uk