Stuart Dinsey to leave Intent Media

Intent Media’s founder and managing director Stuart Dinsey will leave the company at the end of October to pursue new opportunities.

The company was set up in 1998 and is today one of the UK’s most influential business media groups, boasting a dominant position across video games, music, computing, mobile, toys, licensing, TV and AV. 

Acquired by New York-based NewBay Media in December 2012, Intent’s many brands include Music Week, MCV: The Market for Computer & Video Games and Pro Sound News Europe. Its portfolio is mirrored by NewBay’s strength across a similar range of markets in North America and Asia. NewBay’s key brands include TWICE, Broadcasting & Cable, Guitar World, Systems Contractor News and TV Technology.

“Intent has an ambitious, globally-minded parent, serving today’s colliding worlds of entertainment and tech. There is also an experienced and talented team in place that can take the brands on, across digital, print and events,” said Dinsey.

“For me, after 15 years, it’s simply time to hand over the baton. I will always love Intent Media, but now is a good time for me to explore new interests outside the company”.

The company is actively recruiting a new Managing Director to lead Intent Media and NewBay Europe.

To support the company’s continued growth, the following appointments have been announced today – Michael French will take over Dinsey’s role of Publisher for the games division, which includes brands such as MCV, MCV Pacific, MCV India, Develop, Games Media Awards and The London Games Conference. Similarly, Darrell Carter will take over as Publisher of MI Pro and Audio Pro International. Chris Dring will take over as editor of MCV.

“Over the last 15 years, Stuart has built Intent into a leading provider of business information and marketing services in the UK and Europe. With a terrific team, trusted brands, and deep reach into markets served, Intent is well positioned to build upon its strong foundation”, said Newbay CEO Palm. “I wish Stuart well in his new pursuits and personally look forward to working closely with the talented Intent Media team”.

Dinsey will continue in his role as chairman of the charity Gamesaid and has recently joined the board of digital games studio Curve and League One football club, Stevenage FC.

ABOUT NEWBAY MEDIA

NewBay Media is the leading information and marketing solutions provider for the Pro Audio, Broadcast and Video, Music, AV/Consumer Electronics and Education markets. NewBay delivers its premier content through our award-winning portfolio of integrated platforms, including print and digital magazines, websites, show dailies, e-newsletters, events, and conferences. In addition, NewBay offers a wide array of marketing services, as well as reprint, licensing, and e-commerce capabilities. Through its products and services, NewBay Media reaches over 9 million people in over 100 countries. For more information, visit www.nbmedia.com.

NewBay is an affiliate of The Wicks Group of Companies, L.L.C. (www.wicksgroup.com), a New York-based private equity firm focused on selected segments of the information, education and media industries.

ABOUT INTENT MEDIA

Intent’s portfolio is focused on six business markets — Games, Music, Toys & Licensing, Mobile & Computing, TV & Audio Visual and Active Lifestyle. Intent’s dynamic media capabilities include over 16 magazines, 20 events and dozens of digital properties delivered across an array of platforms. Intent’s brands include Pro Sound News Europe, TVB Europe, Installation, Develop, MCV, MI Pro, Audio Pro and Licensing.biz. For a complete list of Intent’s brands, media and reach capabilities, please go to www.intentmedia.co.uk.

Intent has 90 employees with primary offices in Hertford, U.K. and London, as well as satellite offices in Sydney and Mumbai.

Bob Kovacs Named Editor of Government Video

NEW YORK, NY (August 22, 2013) — NewBay Media has announced that, effective immediately, Bob Kovacs has been named editor of Government Video. Kovacs, whose experience includes tenures as editor of Pro Video Review and technology editor of TV Technology, brings with him decades of not only accomplished video industry articles but also extensive, real-world video production knowledge.

Government Video’s mission is to provide comprehensive coverage to support the work and careers of government video professionals,” states Paul McLane, editorial director in the company’s Broadcast/Video Group. “We’re excited to have Bob Kovacs bring his technical and journalistic skills — not to mention his enthusiasm for creating great video — back to NewBay Media.”

Kovacs has had more than 400 articles published in various magazines and newspapers, including TV technology and Government Video. Matching his journalistic prowess, he has also produced more than 400 videos posted on YouTube, all of which he shot and edited. His videos range from simple stage performances to “how-to” videos to short documentaries of local events. Kovacs’ personal YouTube “channel” has more than 5 million views.

“I’ve been a frequent contributor to the NewBay family of publications for years,” says Kovacs. “I am delighted to be back in the fold, and to share my passion for the video industry and video production with the Government Video audience.”

Kovacs can be reached at (703) 852-4640 or bkovacs@nbmedia.com. For information about advertising opportunities in Government Video, contact Eric Trabb at (212) 378-0400 x532 or etrabb@nbmedia.com.

About GOVERNMENT VIDEO
Government Video is the only magazine focused on video professionals in public service and the use of video technologies in the public sector. The Government Video readership includes professionals working at the local, state and federal levels, as well members of the military, first responders and the judicial system. The annual Government Video Technology Expo provides an educational forum for discussing video, AV, multimedia, broadcast and other communication technologies, as well as a product exhibition for seeing and testing the latest in video technology. The 2013 GV Expo will be held December 3–5, 2013, in Washington, D.C.

About NEWBAY MEDIA
NewBay Media is positioned at the center of the world’s most dynamic industries—Music, AV/Pro Audio, Consumer Electronics/Gaming, Video & Broadcast, and Education. We connect and inform millions of constituents in these industries through our award-winning content, integrated media capabilities, and high-profile network-building and informative events. NewBay proudly serves some of the broadest BtoB professional and music enthusiast communities in the world through over 60 print and digital publications, 100 integrated web and mobile applications, 75 conferences and conventions, custom marketing services and e-commerce capabilities. Find out more at www.nbmedia.com.

MCV Gamescom Show Daily goes live

Published in association with Xbox One, the 14-page FREE magazine has been put together by the MCV team currently working out of the Cologne games show.

It features news from the show, a Gamescom event guide and a daily exec interview.

You can read it right now. Click here to read it in your browser.

Alternatively it is also available in our iPad app – click here to download it.

The latest issue recaps yesterday’s major press conferences, looking at Xbox and PlayStation’s battle for indie love, the latest FIFA headlines, and announcements for key games such as Fable and Watch Dogs.

It also includes MCV’s recently published Alain Corre interview, and a detailed seven-page guide to Gamescom, with show maps and exhibitor listing.

MCV will be publishing two more editions, on Thursday morning and Friday morning, during the business days of the show. 

Multi-Billionaire/Philanthropist Paul Allen Discusses His Love for the Guitar in an Exclusive, Candid Interview with Guitar Aficionado Magazine

New York — Paul Allen may be known best as the cofounder of Microsoft and for his current philanthropic efforts, but in an exclusive interview in the September/October 2013 issue of Guitar Aficionado magazine, the multi-billionaire reveals his musical aspirations and passion for the guitar. In addition to discussing the major-label debut album from his group Paul Allen and the Underthinkers, Everywhere at Once, Allen talks about his impressive guitar collection, which includes iconic, historically important instruments previously owned by Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton.

“There is a similarity between collecting guitars and collecting art,” Allen says in the interview. “You shouldn’t buy a guitar or a painting that doesn’t speak to you in some way. With a lot of art, you can see it for the hundredth or thousandth time and it still speaks to you. It’s the same thing with a guitar that you like to play.”

Although the majority of Allen’s most impressive guitar acquisitions are on display at the Experience Music Project in Seattle, the landmark rock and roll/pop culture museum that he launched in 2000, he also owns a variety of guitars for personal use with his band, many of which were gifts from rock and roll royalty, including Bono, Peter Gabriel, George Harrison, and Carlos Santana. In the interview, Allen talks candidly about the recording projects and jam sessions he has enjoyed with many of his famous friends, revealing a rock and rock heart beneath his entrepreneur/investor public persona.

“In high school, two things were central to my interest,” Allen says. “One was programming, which I got completely hooked on. The other was guitar playing. I’ve been fortunate in my life to play with some of the greatest guitarists and rock and roll musicians ever. It was an amazing thrill to have some of them play on the album.”

With an estimated net worth of $15 billion, which has earned him the No. 20 spot on the current Forbes 400 Richest People in America list, Allen is by far the wealthiest guitar collector to appear in the pages of Guitar Aficionado magazine. The exclusive interview sheds new light on the motivations that drive and inspire one of America’s most fascinating yet private billionaires.

The September/October 2013 issue of Guitar Aficionado magazine will be available on newsstands beginning August 6, 2013, for $7.99. For more information, please visit guitaraficionado.com

About Guitar Aficionado Magazine
Guitar Aficionado is an essential lifestyle publication for the luxury guitar collector and investor. Each issue features entertaining and informative articles about the world’s finest guitars and the people who play them, along with insightful coverage about exquisite collectibles and goods, including automobiles, watches, spirits, electronics, and more. It is the only magazine of its kind, celebrating the beauty of premium guitars and the accouterments of the upscale lifestyle to which its readers aspire. Guitar Aficionado is available at better newsstands everywhere and for the iPad, Kindle and Nook.  For more information, visit www.guitaraficionado.com.

About NewBay Media
NewBay Media is positioned at the center of the world’s most dynamic industries—Music, AV/Pro Audio, Consumer Electronics/Gaming, Video & Broadcast, and Education. We connect and inform millions of constituents in these industries through our award-winning content, integrated media capabilities, and high-profile network-building and informative events.  NewBay proudly serves some of the broadest BtoB professional and music enthusiast communities in the world through over 60 print and digital publications, 100 integrated web and mobile applications, 75 conferences and conventions, custom marketing services and e-commerce capabilities.  Find out more at www.newbaymedia.com.

NYC Television Week Announces Keynote Speakers

NEW YORK, NY (August 12, 2013) — NYC Television Week, presented by NewBay Media and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), has announced an initial lineup of impressive keynote speakers chosen from a wide variety of key television industry areas. The announced speakers include Irwin Gotlieb, Chairman, GroupM; Peter Liguori, President and CEO, Tribune Company; Steve Mosko, President, Sony Pictures Television; Tony Pace, Chief Marketing Officer, Subway; Rich Ross, CEO, Shine America; Deb Roy, Chief Media Scientist, Twitter; Gordon H. Smith, President and CEO, NAB; and David J. Stern, Commissioner, National Basketball Association. The inaugural NYC Television Week takes place from October 28-30 at the Waldorf Astoria and Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City.

“We are honored to have such prominent thought leaders join us for NYC Television Week,” states Louis Hillelson, VP/Group Publisher, Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News. “From sports to advertising to programming to media investments and policy, these speakers represent the great breadth of the television industry, which is being analyzed, examined, and celebrated like never before at this event.”

In addition to the roster of thought leaders presenting keynotes, some of the television industry’s most innovative, forward-thinking companies have joined NYC Television Week as sponsors, and, as with the speakers, these companies represent several important industry categories. Current sponsors include Sony as Founding Sponsor; Viamedia as Platinum Sponsor; FreeWheel, HSN, and Harris Broadcast as Gold Sponsors; and the AMC Networks as General Sponsor.

The list of speakers and sponsors is constantly growing — all contributing to making NYC Television Week the can’t-miss event of the fall season. For updates on speakers, the agenda, and to register for the event — which has limited seating — visit NYCTelevisionWeek.com.

For full bios of the keynote speakers, visit NYCTelevisionWeek.com/speakers.

NYC Television Week 2013 uniquely covers the breadth of today’s dynamic TV industry — from broadcast to cable, satellite to internet video, and beyond. NYC Television Week’s featured events include the State of Television, the B&C Hall of Fame, the TV Summit — including a “Solutions Center” with industry exhibitors — and TV on Wall Street, as well as several networking events that engage the diversity of talent and roles that make today’s TV business one of the world’s most exciting industries.

NYC Television Week is actively seeking additional partners, sponsors, exhibitors, and speakers.

• For information on partnership and sponsorship opportunities, contact Louis Hillelson at 917-231-4730 or lhillelson@nbmedia.com.

• For speaking opportunities, contact:

– Jennifer Ware at 917-281-4718 or jware@nbmedia.com

– Amber Williams, Beck Media & Marketing, at 646-650-3543 or amber@beckmedia.com

• For exhibit opportunities, contact Will Beaty at 202-429-5429 or wbeaty@nab.org.

For more information, visit NYCTelevisionWeek.com.

About NEWBAY MEDIA
NewBay Media is positioned at the center of the world’s most dynamic industries —Music, AV/Pro Audio, Consumer Electronics/Gaming, Video & Broadcast, and Education. We connect and inform millions of constituents in these industries through our award-winning content, integrated media capabilities, and high-profile network-building and informative events. NewBay proudly serves some of the broadest BtoB professional and music enthusiast communities in the world through over 60 print and digital publications, 100 integrated web and mobile applications, 75 conferences and conventions, custom marketing services, and e-commerce capabilities. Find out more at www.nbmedia.com.

About NAB
The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America’s broadcasters. NAB advances radio and television interests in legislative, regulatory, and public affairs. Through advocacy, education, and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses, and seize new opportunities in the digital age. Learn more at www.nab.org.

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Industry supports the Pro Sound Awards

Music charity Nordoff Robbins has also signed up as the official charity sponsor for the event, which takes place at Ministry of Sound in London on September 19th 2013.

ISE (Integrated Systems Europe), organiser of the annual Amsterdam-based trade show for the professional AV industry, has been named Champagne Sponsor. ISE celebrated its tenth anniversary and it’s largest show to date back in January, while more than 900 exhibitors and 45,000 attendees are expected to attend next year.

 
Media support has been bolstered by the backing of the IoA (The Institute of Acoustics) and theInstitute of Sound and Communication Engineers (the organisation for those working in PA, sound systems, voice evacuation and more).

Nordoff Robbins, the network that uses music therapy to help those with autism, mental health problems, brain injuries and other challenging illnesses and conditions.

“Nordoff Robbins uses the unique power of music to support some of the UK’s most vulnerable people. We are proud to be involved with this event and delighted to be working alongside the Pro Sound Awards which like us, recognise the importance of music and sound and celebrate all that it has to give,” said Jo Carter, director of fundraising and communications.

Brighton arts organiser The Space is also giving away two Awards tickets as part of a raffle during its monthly film/media event on August 29th 2013. The location is yet to be revealed, so keep an eye on The Space’s website for details.
 
To buy tickets for the Pro Sound Awards, click here.

Licensing.biz unveils new website

Licensing.biz has overhauled its web presence, with new features and a focus on a user experience optimised across desktop, tablet and mobile devices.

In short, the new Licensing.biz website has been built to give you all the content you already love, packaged in a form conducive to our multi-device, socially-networked age.

It’s all part of our goal to keep Licensing.biz as the number one information source for the licensing industry across as many channels as possible, encompassing online, email, mobile, apps and social networks.

The most obvious change to the site is the look and feel, which we believe offers readers a cleaner and more engaging browsing experience – we’ve taken away the clutter, allowing you to get to what you want, quickly and easily.

Crucially, the site has been developed using a technique called ‘responsive’ design, which means it will adapt itself automatically depending on the device the reader is accessing it from – be that desktop, tablet or mobile phone.

The Carousel and Homestream are now the focal points, allowing you to immediately see the most important stories of the day and then scroll down the page to view everything else that happening in and around the licensing industry.

But the charges aren’t just cosmetic – we’ve worked hard to build community and industry resources into the new Licensing.biz site, including:

– Full jobs board functionality, enabling you to post your vacancies and have them seen by the entire licensing industry.
– Comprehensive industry events listings, so you never miss a conference or exhibition.
– The ability to comment on articles, engaging with our specialist team and fellow industry professionals.

We’ve also revamped our email services, which include the Daily Digest news round up and Newsflash alerts.

You can also follow Licensing.biz on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ and RSS.

And don’t forget, on top of all that you can also download the Licensing.biz iPhone app (iTunes link).

“The world of publishing has changed, and Licensing.biz has changed with it,” said Licensing.biz publisher Lisa Carter. “The website has been providing the licensing industry with up to the minute news for some time and with the new design we are taking things to the next level. Watch out for more announcements from us soon as we expand our digital presence.”

To find out how Licensing.biz can support your business across its print, digital, online, apps and email channels, contact Jodie.Holdway@intentmedia.co.uk, or call her on +44 (0) 1992 535 647.

 

Licensing.biz launches Power List

Intent Media today launches the Licensing.biz Power List, a new print magazine which will celebrate the top licensed properties of the year.

Published in association with miEvents, the glossy book will be launched at the Brand Licensing Europe event at Olympia on October 15th, where Licensing.biz and miEvents (which is a division of the miPR Group) will also host a party to celebrate the Power List.

Licensing.biz will survey 200 executives from all areas of the licensing business (including brand owners, licensees, retailers, licensing agents, media and events firms), asking them to choose their top properties from the character and entertainment, brands, sports and art and design sectors. They will be asked to take into account criteria including commercial impact, creativity, innovation, longevity and retail presence.

The Licensing.biz Power List will also be inserted in the November issue of ToyNews, and the corresponding issues of weekly sister titles MCV and Music Week.

The launch of the new annual publication comes as Licensing.biz celebrates its fifth anniversary, with a new-look site due to launch imminently.

Lisa Carter, publisher of Licensing.biz, said: “We’re excited to be launching the first print publication under the Licensing.biz moniker. The past 12 months have been a great time for the licensing industry, with established and new brands reaching ever increasing audiences.

“The Power List will aim to promote these licences further as the standard bearers in this fast-moving and exciting sector.”

Kirsty Barr, MD of miPR and miEvents added: “Congratulations on five years of Licensing.biz. It’s an honour for miEvents to be the Headline Sponsor of the inaugural Power List book and Party in October. Licensing continues to grow year on year and it is only fitting that we acknowledge and commend the brands, individuals and categories which demonstrate innovation, creativity and passion within this great industry. We look forward to working with Intent Media on the Power List and Party over the coming months.”

For further information on the Licensing.biz Power List, contact Samantha.Loveday@intentmedia.co.uk.

 

Who’s who of UK game developers available now

A brand-new book published by Intent Media names the top 100 games development studios working in the UK.

The Develop 100 is written by the team behind Develop (www.develop-online.net), the must-read monthly magazine and website for games developers across Europe and around the world.

Plus, the free book includes a comprehensive list of all the games studios in the Great Britain – the first time a directory like this has been made widely available. 

A survey of studios on the list showed that smartphones and PC/Mac were the most popular platforms to make games for. Four out of every five UK games studios are making games for iPad or iPhone and over half are making games for PC. 

Other key findings in the research show that 113 new UK games studios opened for business in the last 18 months, with games dev clusters in London and Scotland.

Develop 100 is published in association with Ukie, the UK games trade body for publishers and developers.

The Develop 100 can be found within the Develop magazine app on the Apple Newsstand, and is completely free for a limited time.

You can also view it in your browser here.

You can also find a browser version at www.develop100.com.

Sourcebook 2013: Key guide to games services and agencies is out now

This year’s edition of Sourcebook, the essential guide to agencies and service companies working in games, technology and entertainment, is out now.

Over 10,000 copies of the print edition have been inserted into this week’s MCV and selected reader codes of sister brands Develop and PCR.

A digital copy of the Sourcebook is available online at www.intentmedia.co.uk/sourcebook. Or you can view the book via the MCV iPad app, or read it online here.

The guide covers sectors such as Creative & Promotional, Gaming Accessories and Merchandise, International Distribution, Legal Services, Localisation, QA & Testing, Recruitment, Distribution, Cloud, Web Services & Infrastructure businesses, Monetisation & Payment providers, Regional Associations, Game Studios, Game Technology vendors and Research outfits.

There is also a new section listing freelancers and work-for-hire studios in the UK and Europe.

Sourcebook showcases the leading players across each sector, offering a snapshot of the resources on offer, plus client history and contact details.

A full list of the companies featured in Sourcebook 2013 is available below.

 

Creative & Promotional Services

AngelFire Creative

Bastion

blueprint-london

Dead Good Media

Fink Creative

Fluid

Game Room

Generation Media

Indigo Pearl

Kennedy Monk

Lick

OM

Premier

Premier Communications

Savalas Sound

Side

Small Japanese Soldier

Somebody Else

studio CO2

Studio Diva

That Video Company

The Audio Guys

The Trailerfarm

Wave Recording Studios

Über

 

Gaming Accessories

Game Technologies

Performance Designed Products

That Distribution Company

Turtle Beach

VIP Computers

 

International Distribution

Click Entertainment Limited

Curveball Leisure

GameWorld

Vogue Distribution

 

Legal Services

Harbottle & Lewis

 

Localisation, QA and Testing

Babel

Keywords International

Testronic Labs

Triple A Testing

UBILOK

Universally Speaking

VMC Game Labs

 

Manufacturing Services

Handisc

Multi Media Replication

OK Media

Sony DADC Austria AG

 

Monetisation & Payment

Adcash Advertising Network

HiPay

InComm Europe

 

Recruitment

Aardvark Swift

Amiqus

Portfolio Recruit

Specialmove Consultancy

Wayforward Recruitment

 

Software Development

Tragnarion Studios

Vicon Motion Systems

 

UK Distribution & Logistics

Koch Media

Link Distribution (UK)

 

Web Services Infrastructure

LeaseWeb

 
For more information about Sourcebook, call Jennie Lane on +44 (0) 1992 535 647, or email:jennie.lane@intentmedia.co.uk.