Intent Media acquires music title

The deal means Intent is now the dominant B2B player within entertainment and leisure markets.

Its portfolio includes market-leading positions within print, online and events across music, video games, toys, home computing, cycling, mobile content and licensing – with eight magazines and 10 commercial websites.

Agreement was reached with MTN publisher MB Media in response to the market’s on-going desire for a single trade magazine and website, which can now be found at www.mi-pro.co.uk.

“Intent Media has a clear strategy of taking leadership positions in growing entertainment and leisure markets. This purchase means we can develop our brand in the sector at a greater pace, whilst working more closely with the trade shows and trade bodies,” commented Intent Media managing director Stuart Dinsey.

“We have had another tremendous year of growth and are currently in three separate Top 50 charts according to the most recent Plimsoll analysis of the publishing sector. Further acquisitions are being sought.”

Intent Media’s print and online brands now include MCV: The Market for Home Computing & Video Games, Develop Magazine, Mobile Entertainment Magazine, Licensing.biz, CasualGaming.biz, ToyNews, PC Retail, MI Pro, Audio Pro and BikeBiz.

Our events include The MCV Industry Excellence Awards, Develop Industry Excellence Awards, Mobile Entertainment Awards, PC Retail Awards, Games Media Awards and BikeBiz Awards.

NEW EDITORIAL, SALES TEAM AND REDESIGN FOR NEWBAY MEDIA’S TECH & LEARNING

SAN BRUNO, CA (June 26, 2008) — Technology & Learning, NewBay Media’s 28-year, industry-leading brand has undergone a rebranding as Tech & Learning and has made significant additions to its edit and sales staff, the company announced today.

Beginning with the recently released June issue, Technology & Learning is called Tech & Learning, and features a completely new look. In addition to the cutting-edge information featured in every issue, Tech & Learning will introduce new columns and features such as “They Said It,” which highlights some of the best writing from the magazine’s award-winning web site, techLEARNING.com. The web site will be debut a new look in September.

The brand’s sales and editorial re-structuring coincides with Publisher Jo-Ann McDevitt’s decision to leave the title she has helmed for 20 years to join the Association of Education Publishers (AEP) as Vice President of Sales

JOE PERRY NAMED GROUP PUBLISHER OF NEWBAY MEDIA’S MUSIC PLAYER NETWORK

SAN BRUNO, CA (June 19, 2008) — NewBay Media announces that Joe Perry has been named Group Publisher of Guitar Player, Bass Player, Keyboard, and EQ magazines, which make up the company’s Music Player Network. In this role Perry assumes responsibility for overall advertising sales management of print, online, and event properties for MPN. Perry will manage display advertising directors Albert Margolis (Southwest), Greg Sutton (Northwest/New Business Development), Jessica Sullivan (Midwest), and Grace Newman (East) as well as the Specialty Sales team of Michael Montgomery (Director), Allison Smith (North) and Will Sheng (South).

Perry most recently served as Associate Publisher for Penton Media’s EM and Remix publications for ten years. Prior to that he held a sales manager post at Roland serving the pro au

BioShock’s creative team to keynote Develop conference

The creative team behind one of the biggest games of the past 12 months, 2K’s BioShock, have signed up to deliver a keynote talk at next month’s Develop conference.

2K’s Ken Levine, Christopher Kline, Nate Wells and Bill Gardner will be on hand to discuss and examine the secrets behind the success of their game, which won a number of awards last year including a BAFTA.

Levine is the founder and creative director of 2K Boston. He led the creation of the BioShock as project director and writer.

“We are obviously delighted to be welcoming Ken and the team to Develop in Brighton,” commented Andy Lane, event director of the Develop Conference at Tandem Events.

"Their passion and experience are genuinely inspirational and this session will be a fantastic start to a packed two days of knowledge building sessions. So, would you kindly take your seats, it’s going to be a brilliant few days by the sea with many of the biggest and brightest names in the development world speaking, participating and partying."

The Develop conference and expo takes place from July 29th to 31st at the Metropole Hotel in Brighton, UK. More details on the event can be found here.

ToyNews strengthens team

Adrian Miles has now joined as advertising sales manager from Imagination Games. He brings with him toy trade experience from national account positions with Hasbro and Mega Brands. He replaces Laura Crowhurst who is moving on to manage a new family business project. He will be working on both ToyNews and sister online brand Licensing.biz

The editorial team will be boosted by the addition of staff writer Katie Roberts, who has experience in both journalism and PR, having worked for agencies such as Storm Communications and Publicity Engineers plus editorial stints at Smash Hits and local press. Roberts will be working across ToyNews and Licensing.biz.

The appointments come as ToyNews looks to increase its online presence and with a number of exciting developments in the pipeline for the print edition.

"Adrian is an experienced and popular member of the toy trade already. He has a wide range of strong relationships across the business and is just the man to take ToyNews forward," said publisher Stuart Dinsey.

"We are the most widely read toy trade publication, both in print and online. Most importantly, we are also the most popular and the most valuable. ToyNews is an essential read for everyone in the business – delivering genuine value for readers and advertisers alike.

"Katie’s arrival from a strong communications background is also great news as we take an integrated brand strategy approach to ToyNews in the UK and internationally."

ALBERT MARGOLIS NAMED SOUTHWEST ADVERTISING DIRECTOR OF NEWBAY MEDIA’S MUSIC PLAYER NETWORK

SAN BRUNO, CA (June 16, 2008) — NewBay Media announces that Albert Margolis has been named Southwest Advertising Director of Guitar Player, Bass Player, Keyboard, and EQ magazines, which make up the company’s Music Player Network. In this role Margolis assumes responsibility for advertising sales management of print, online, and event properties in the Southwest territory consisting of Southern California, Arizona, and New Mexico. Margolis joins fellow advertising directors Greg Sutton (Northwest/New Business Development), Jessica Sullivan (Midwest), Grace Newman (East) and Michael Montgomery (Specialty Sales).

Margolis most recently served the Southwest territory for the Penton Media’s Mix, EM, and Remix publications for more than eight years. Prior to that he held various marketing positions at Pioneer Elect

Develop Awards finalists revealed

With record-breaking sales and huge critical acclaim for Grand Theft Auto IV, developer Rockstar North boasts four nominations: Visual Arts, Audio Accomplishment, Technical Innovation and Best In-house Developer. Meanwhile its newest sister studio, Rockstar London, scoops a nomination for Best New UK/European Studio.

Ninja Theory and SCEE Cambridge are also nominated in a number of categories – including the awards for Best New IP, Visual Arts, Audio Accomplishment and Technical Innovation – thanks to their work on Heavenly Sword.

After the debut of its PS3 SingStar title last year, SCEE’s London Studio bags a trio of nominations for Visual Arts, Audio Accomplishment and Best In-house Studio. Elsewhere, Frontier Developments and Criterion Games also have three nominations each for their work on LostWinds and Burnout Paradise respectively.

Other leading companies nominated include Splash Damage, CCP, Jagex, Starbreeze, Rebellion, NaturalMotion, Epic Games, Crytek, Sports Interactive, Zoe Mode and Ideaworks3D.

With the finalists revealed (the full list can be found below) we’ll now turn to our panel of 100 industry experts to vote for the winners.

Now in its sixth year, the Develop Industry Excellence Awards is the only event which rewards the work done by Europe’s leading games development companies. The 2008 ceremony will be held at the Hilton Metropole, Brighton on Wednesday July 30th – over 500 leading games industry execs are expected to attend.

An Early Bird rate on ticket prices is available until July 1st – to book your place, please contact Jodie Holdway at BHPR on Tel: 01462 456780 or email Jodie.holdway@bhpr.co.uk.

This year’s awards are kindly sponsored by Geomerics, Codemasters, Autodesk, Amiqus and Hansoft.

DEVELOP AWARDS: The finalists in full

CATEGORY: CREATIVITY

Best New IP
Lost Winds (Frontier Developments)
Heavenly Sword (Ninja Theory)
Crysis (Crytek)
World in Conflict (Massive)
Viking: Battle for Asgard (Creative Assembly)
Overlord (Triumph)

Best Use of a Licence
Ferrari Challenge (Eutechnyx)
The Darkness (Starbreeze)
Sega Superstar Tennis (Sumo Digital)
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars (Splash Damage)
Lego Indiana Jones (Travellers’ Tales)
Metal Gear Solid Mobile (Ideaworks3D)

Visual Arts
Rockstar North (Grand Theft Auto IV)
Crytek (Crysis)
London Studio (SingStar PS3 UI)
Frontier Developments (Lost Winds)
Criterion Games (Burnout Paradise)
Ninja Theory/SCEE Cambridge (Heavenly Sword)

Audio Accomplishment
London Studio (SingStar PS3)
Rockstar North (Grand Theft Auto IV)
Ninja Theory/SCEE Cambridge (Heavenly Sword)
Sumo Digital (Sega Superstars Tennis)
Codemasters Studios (Race Driver GRID)
Criterion Games (Burnout Paradise)

Publishing Hero
Codemasters
Nintendo
Sega
LucasArts
Gamecock
1C & 505 Games

CATEGORY: TECHNOLOGY & SERVICES

Tools Provider
Hansoft
Epic Games
Sony & SN Systems
Havok
NaturalMotion
IDV

Technical Innovation
Rockstar North/NaturalMotion/Image Metrics (Grand Theft Auto IV)
Ninja Theory/SCEE Cambridge (Heavenly Sword)
Ideaworks3D (Airplay)
SCEE R&D Team (PhyreEngine)
Geomerics (Enlighten)

Creative Outsourcing
Axis Animation
Side UK
Richard Jacques Studios
Outsource Media UK
The Audio Guys
Nimrod Productions

Services
Testronic Labs
Partnertrans UK
Babel Media
Audiomotion
U-Trax

Recruitment Company

Specialmove
Day One Search
Aardvark Swift
Amiqus
OPM

Games:Edu New Talent Award
Abertay University & Dare to be Digital
Rare
Microsoft
Blitz
University of Derby
Hull University

CATEGORY: STUDIOS

Best New UK/European Studio
Finblade
Konami Paris
Oxygen Studios
Rockstar London
Doublesix

Best Mobile Studio
Progressive Media
Ideaworks3D
Digital Chocolate Finland/Sumea
Distinctive Developments

Business Development

Zoë Mode
Rebellion
Realtime Worlds
Team 17
NaturalMotion

Best Independent Developer
Rebellion
Jagex
CCP
Frontier
Splash Damage
Ninja Theory

Best In-house Developer
Rockstar North
Codemasters Studios
Criterion Games
Sports Interactive
London Studio
Bizarre Creations

SPECIAL INDUSTRY RECOGNITION AWARDS

Development Legend & Grand Prix

Winners for these awards to be announced on the night

New plan for BikeBiz Awards

"We are still convinced that the industry needs a high profile, quality awards event. Cannondale had signed up to be headline sponsor of a big event at the Cafe Royal in Regent Street this October. Like us, they believe that excellence in the market should be recognised," said Intent boss Stuart Dinsey.

"We planned in a champagne reception, three course meal, plentiful booze, a celebrity host, casino and late licence. High grade AV, bespoke stage, plasmas and video piece were all there and we hoped suppliers would invite their retail customers and enjoy a big night celebrating the industry. But, thanks to the BikeBiz Awards being such a new idea, there seemed some opposition to paying £150 a head for a table.

"This is disappointing, given what we were planning, but the industry has spoken and we have listened. We will focus instead on establishing the BikeBiz Awards as the most prestigious in the industry. The countdown to this year’s awards continues and the promotion will be relentless. There just won’t be a night on the tiles for anyone."

The industry can lobby to be considered for one of the 14 categories by emailing Lisa.Foster@intentmedia.co.uk up until June 27th.

Finalists per category will then be announced in print and online on Friday June 27th. This will be followed by a dedicated Finalists supplement published with the September edition of BikeBiz.

A jury of industry execs and retailers will then be asked to vote, with all winners revealed on Monday October 6th. Each winner will still be presented with an award by BikeBiz.

"We will launch a live version of the BikeBiz Awards next year, with the trade consulted fully before final decisions are taken on timing, pricing and venue. And after this year, we’re sure that there will be a greater understanding of the significance and prestige that a fair and well organised celebration of industry expertise can deliver."

The full list of categories for the BikeBiz Awards 2008 are:
Independent Bike Dealer
Online Retailer
Specialist Chain
Non-specialist Chain
Distributor for Complete Bikes
Distributor for Parts and Accessories
Sales Team
Manufacturer
Sales Triumph
Product Innovation
Marketing Team
Consumer Magazine
Consumer Website
Industry Achievment Award

MCV/Xbox 360 football tournament returns

MCV can reveal that the ninth annual five-a-side competition will take place on Friday August 1st, with team registrations open on June 13th.

The tournament will be held at Powerleague Barnet, boasting a massive 60 teams playing across 13 pitches, and will give MCV readers the chance to take on their colleagues, clients and rivals at the beautiful game.

“Xbox are proud to partner with MCV to bring back the industry’s biggest five-a-side football tournament,” said Microsoft’s head of entertainment and gaming Stephen McGill.

“We’re sure that this year’s event will be a massive success.”

MCV managing editor Lisa Foster added: “We’re delighted to have tied up with the Xbox team again to provide this fantastic football tournament for the whole industry. Everyone is invited and participation is free. Come along, kick your rivals and hug your colleagues.”

Retail Biz now live at MCVUK.com

The new Retail Biz section of MCVUK.com is now live and offers a trade-only forum where retailers and other interested members of the games industry can talk to their peers about High Street-specific issues and more.

The forum is strictly for industry professionals – just sign up here (make sure you tick the ‘Apply for Retail Forum access’ box) and we’ll approve you within a few moments.

The new section also boasts retail-specific information and stats already popular within MCV magazine, including the Recommended product features, a dedicated Retail News feed, Price Check, Charts and Release Dates.

“We have seen from the comments posted up under the stories on the main news section of MCVUK.com that retailers are keen to air their views on the hot issues in the market,” said managing editor Lisa Foster.

"But, whilst we want these lively debates to continue, we’re keen to give retailers and other members of the trade the opportunity to discuss issues in a closed forum."

"Our experience with forums in other markets in which we operate shows how popular these forums can be and we’re excited to bring this concept to the UK games market for the first time."

Have a peek for yourself – just click on any of the links on the new Retail Biz bar above.