MIRC 2013 registration now open

To register for the one-day conference and expo simply click here. All retailers at the event will be able to pick up a VIP goodie bag containing the exclusive high value, free gift.

This year’s show will be held on Wednesday June 26th at Whittlebury Hall, Northamptonshire. The new venue means increased exhibition space for partners with separate, connected, rooms ranging from 8-23 square metres in size, offering greater promotional possiblities.

The morning session will feature a conference including a number of high value speakers providing advice and information designed to help retailers improve their business. After a short break for a complimentary lunch, the expo element opens for the afternoon geared towards retailers having one to one meetings with key suppliers and manufacturers.

An after show party follows, providing entertainment and networking opportunities including, for the first time this year, a Battle of the Bands contest open exclusively to MI retail staff. Click here to find out more.

Some 250 VIP guests from independent retail, High Street multiples, buying groups and online stores will represent more than 1,000 store fronts. The event offers the opportunity for manufacturers and distributors to meet directly with selected buyers over one day to do business.

Event partners already signed up include Barnes and Mullins, Audio-Technica, Yamaha, Roland, Monacor, Pioneer, EMC/Tanglewood, D’Addario and Rotosound.

For more information on partner packages and other promotional opportunities contact Darrell.carter@intentmedia.co.uk or Emilie.george@intentmedia.co.uk or phone 01992 535647. You can also visit the dedicated website at www.mirc-expo.com

New awards launch applauds pro audio industry

The Pro Sound Awards is jointly-backed by leading pro audio business titles Audio Pro International, PSNEurope, Installation, and Audio Media, and supported by MI Pro and Music Week.

Sennheiser and Digico have already demonstrated support for the Awards by signing up as headline sponsors.

The Pro Sound Awards will be held on 19th September at the world-famous Ministry of Sound night club in London, with some 16 different accolades handed out during the evening. There will also be a complimentary drinks reception and post-awards party.

Sennheiser business development specialist, Alan March, remarked: “At Sennheiser we are constantly ‘In Pursuit Of Perfect Sound’, so it’s great to be associated with an event that honours great audio. We’re confident that the Pro Sound Awards will become an integral part of the audio industry’s calendar.”
 
David Webster, marketing director at Digico, added: “Digico has a reputation for being ahead of the game, so we’re delighted that, along with our friends at Sennheiser UK, we are the first headline sponsors of the Pro Sound Awards.”

“There are plenty of product awards out there but few that celebrate the individual excellence of the people working in the many and varied areas of pro audio. These awards will reflect the hard work, skill and imagination of those people,” said Ronnie Dungan, managing editor of Audio Pro International.

PSNEurope editor, Dave Robinson, added: “We want the Pro Sound Awards to become a must-attend annual event – an evening that salutes an intensity of effort but accompanies it with the informality of a great night out. Come and join us: we’re going to have fun, while the great and the good of pro audio will leave the Ministry of Sound triumphant.”

To discuss sponsorship opportunities, contact Nick Beck via nick.beck@intentmedia.co.uk, or call him on +44 20 7354 6000.

ToyNews website traffic soars at Toy Fair

ToyNews drew tens of thousands of visitors to its website during Toy Fair 2013, thanks to its unmatched coverage of the big London event this week.

With 44 stories being posted by the ToyNew teams during the three-day event (plus more before and after the show), the site generated 65,156 page views from Friday January 18th to Friday January 25th.

ToyNews publisher Lisa Carter said: “This year’s Toy Fair was a fantastic event, befitting the 60th anniversary of the show in the UK. And we’re delighted that our unparalleled coverage of the key announcements from the exhibitors has created a major spike in our online traffic figures.

“A huge well done to the ToyNews editorial team. This was achieved whilst Samantha and the team were also traipsing the show floor meeting up with all our friends and toy industry colleagues.”

Last year ToyNews set record website traffic figures.

MCV Awards 2013 finalists unveiled

You can see the full list of nominees for the MCV Awards 2013 below.

Ubisoft leads the way with 12 nominations, followed by ten for EA, nine for Warner and eight a piece for Activision and Xbox. 

But the heavyweights are competing head-to-head with nimbler firms such as Sega and Bethesda (eight nominations each), 2K (seven) and NCsoft (four). 

Game Retail also scores four nominations. 

We’re also today announcing some category updates to reflect the activity of games publishers large and small over the last 12 months.

Digital Campaign champions broader online efforts versus targeted events or stunts in Audience Engagement. 

A new Specialist Game Publisher award honours smaller outfits that serve a niche better than the mainstream gang. 

Meanwhile, splitting Independent Retail into online and High Street reflects the sector’s variety. 

Next, our panel of judges will soon be invited to vote for the finalists. We’ll again be asking 100 journalists to pick a PR Team winner. 

Winners will be named on the night of Thursday, April 18th at the Greg Davies-hosted ceremony at the London Lancaster Hotel.

To attend, contact Kathryn.Humphrey@intentmedia.co.uk or call her on 01992 535 646. 

Event partners for the 2013 MCV Awards include Wii U, IGN, ShopTo, Incomm, Intergi, Green Man Gaming, and OPM. Contact Jennie.Lane@intentmedia.co.uk for information on other sponsorship opportunities.

MCV AWARDS: THE FINALISTS IN FULL

Independent Retailer – High Street

  • Barkman Computers
  • Console Connections
  • Games Centre
  • Insane Games
  • Xpress Games

Independent Retailer ­– Online

  • GameSeek
  • Hitari
  • Scan Computers
  • Simply Games
  • Xbite

Retail Concept 

  • Drink, Relax, Play – Loading Café
  • GAME Hunter
  • GameFly
  • GamesGrabr
  • HMV Oxford Street games showcase
  • Incomm
  • Insert Coin
  • Thatgameshop

Mainstream Retailer

  • Amazon
  • Asda
  • Morrisons
  • Sainsbury’s
  • Shop Direct
  • Tesco

Specialist Retailer

  • GAME
  • GameStop
  • Grainger Games
  • HMV
  • ShopTo
  • Toys R Us
  • Zavvi.co.uk

Digital Retailer

  • EA Origin
  • GOG.com
  • Green Man Gaming
  • Nintendo eShop
  • PlayStation Store
  • Steam 
  • Xbox Marketplace

Digital Distribution Team

  • Bethesda
  • EA Origin
  • Microsoft
  • Sega
  • Sony DADC
  • Ubisoft
  • WBIE UK

High Street Distribution Team

  • Advantage 
  • Centresoft
  • Click Entertainment
  • Gem
  • Koch Media
  • Link Distirbution
  • Vogue Distribution

Sales Triumph

  • Angry Birds Star Wars PC (Focus Multimedia)
  • Borderlands 2 (2K Games)
  • Guild Wars 2 (NCsoft)
  • Hitman: Absolution (Square Enix)
  • Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition (Mojang/Microsoft)
  • Skylanders Giants (Activision)
  • Sleeping Dogs (Square Enix)

UK Sales Team

  • 2K Games
  • Activision
  • Bethesda
  • Electronic Arts
  • Koch Media
  • Microsoft
  • Ubisoft
  • Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment

Export Sales Team 

  • Bethesda
  • Capcom
  • Koch Media
  • NCsoft
  • Sega
  • Ubisoft
  • Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment

Marketing Team

  • 2K Games
  • Activision
  • Bethesda
  • Electronic Arts
  • Nintendo UK
  • SCE UK
  • Sega
  • Ubisoft
  • Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment UK

PR Team

(Voted for by a panel of 100 journalists)

  • 2K Games
  • Activision
  • Bethesda
  • Capcom UK
  • Codemasters/Lunch PR
  • EA
  • Microsoft
  • Namco Bandai/Premier PR
  • NCsoft
  • Nintendo
  • SCE UK
  • Sega/77PR & Lunch PR
  • Ubisoft
  • WBIE UK/Premier PR

UK Games Studio 

  • 4J Studios
  • Boss Alien
  • Codemasters Studios
  • Criterion Games
  • Playground Games
  • SCE London Studio
  • Sports Interactive
  • Traveller’s Tales

Third-Party Games Hardware 

  • Gioteck
  • MadCatz
  • Orb
  • Power A 
  • Skylanders Giants
  • Steel Series 
  • Turtle Beach
  • Venom

New Game Brand

  • CSR Racing (NaturalMotion Games)
  • Dishonoured (Bethesda)
  • Rocksmith (Ubisoft)
  • Sleeping Dogs (Square Enix)
  • Wonderbook (SCE UK)
  • ZombiU (Ubisoft)

 Digital Campaign

  • Assassin’s Creed III (Ubisoft)
  • Dead or Alive 5 (Tecmo Koei)
  • Dishonored (Bethesda)
  • FIFA 13 (Electronic Arts)
  • Football Manager 2013 (Sega)
  • Guild Wars 2 (NCsoft)
  • LEGO Batman 2 (WBIE UK)
  • Resident Evil 6 (Capcom)

Audience Engagement 

  • Black Ops II Live (Event, community strategy, game launch)
  • Eurogamer Expo (Event, community strategy, partnerships)
  • Forza Horizon: Escape the Grid (Social media)
  • Gadget Show Live (Event, community strategy, partnerships)
  • GAME (Digital store strategy)
  • Hitman: Absolution Sniper Challenge (Promotional download)
  • MCM Expo (Event, community strategy, partnerships)
  • Total War (Weekend promotion via Steam)
  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (Instagram competition)

Media Sales Team 

  • Absolute Radio
  • Disney Channel
  • Eurogamer
  • Future
  • GameSpot
  • IGN
  • Sky Sports
  • TalkSport

Trade Marketing

  • Activision
  • Bethesda
  • EA
  • Gem
  • Nintendo
  • SCE UK
  • Ubisoft
  • WBIE UK
  • Xbox

Game Campaign

  • Assassin’s Creed III (Ubisoft)
  • Borderlands 2 (2K Games)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops II (Activision)
  • FIFA 13 (Electronic Arts)
  • Halo 4 (Microsoft)
  • Hitman: Absolution (Square Enix)
  • London 2012 – The Official Video Game of the Olympic Games (Sega)
  • Wonderbook (SCE UK)

Specialist Games Publisher

  • Excalibur Publishing
  • Focus Multimedia
  • Mind Candy
  • Namco Bandai Games
  • Puzzler Media
  • Rising Star Games
  • Tecmo Koei

Games Publisher of the Year

  • Activision
  • 2K Games
  • EA
  • Microsoft
  • Nintendo
  • SCE UK
  • Sega
  • Ubisoft
  • WBIE UK

SPECIAL AWARDS

MCV Special Recognition

  • Darren Houghton, Gem
  • Doug Bone, Square Enix
  • Martyn Gibbs, Game Retail
  • Max Butler, Advantage
  • Natalie Whysall, Ubisoft
  • Penny Humphrey, Electronic Arts

Grand Prix

The winner of this prestigious prize is decided by the MCV editorial team after soundings from the trade and is announced on the night of Thursday, April 18th at the MCV Awards ceremony.

NYC Television Week Launches October 28th 2013

NewBay Media to Celebrate Television Industry in the Media Capital of the World

January 17, 2013 (NEW YORK, NY) — NewBay Media, publisher of leading television industry brands Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News, Next TV and TV Technology, has announced that it will be producing an annual week-long celebration of the television industry called “NYC Television Week.” The inaugural 2013 version of the event will take place from October 28th through 31st at locations throughout Manhattan.

NYC Television Week will uniquely cover the breadth of today’s dynamic TV industry — from broadcast to cable, satellite to internet video, and beyond.  Conferences, award presentations, networking events and seminars are planned that will engage the diversity of talent and roles that make today’s TV business one of the world’s most dynamic and exciting industries. Leaders from all corners of the TV business will be at NYC Television Week, including industry management, programmers, technologists, engineers and talent, as well as those that want to reach TV advertisers and sponsors.

NYC Television Week programming will include the annual Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame on October 28, 2013, and will cover a wide array of interests, including syndication, innovation, advertising, mobile TV, science and technology, industry issues, creative development and much more.

“Television is an incredibly large and dynamic industry, and a huge part of New York City’s culture and economy,” states Steve Palm, CEO, NewBay Media. “We believe no industry is more deserving of being in the spotlight in NYC than television, and look forward to producing a week-long celebration that rivals Fashion and Advertising Week. NYC Television Week will be a unique opportunity for everyone in the television ecosystem to come together, celebrate, learn and network.”

The kick-off to NYC Television Week will be a networking breakfast the morning of October 28th, leading into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame taking place later that evening at the famed Waldorf-Astoria. The following days will be filled with events that will inspire education and thought-leadership from key leaders in the industry, as well as technology exhibits and discussions on content and social media. NYC Television Week concludes on October 31st with the popular OnScreen Media Summit.

“Quite simply, if you work in television or in an industry affected by it, then you need to be at NYC Television Week,” states Louis Hillelson, VP/Group Publisher, Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News, and Next TV. “The outcome from these events — the sharing of ideas and solutions — will help shape the industry going forward.”

More details about NYC Television Week will be revealed in the coming months. For sponsorship opportunities or to participate in NYC Television Week, contact Louis Hillelson at 917-281-4730 or lhillelson@nbmedia.com.

NewBay Media Acquires Intent Media Limited

NewBay Expands Its European Presence and Overseas Potential

NEW YORK, NY (December 5, 2012) — NewBay Media LLC (“NewBay”) announced today that it has acquired Intent Media Limited (“Intent”). Intent, based in the U.K., produces business publications, websites and events within the entertainment, technology and leisure markets. Its brands include Pro Sound News Europe, TVB Europe, Installation, MCV, and ToyNews among many others.

“Strategically, our plan has always included international expansion, and I am pleased that we were able to do this with a company that so perfectly complements our own portfolio and mission,” states Steve Palm, President and CEO, NewBay. “The addition of Intent immediately enhances our ability to serve the Broadcast, Pro Audio and AV markets. Further, Intent’s terrific team and operating platform open up new opportunities for global expansion of our powerful U.S. brands, as well as development of Intent’s market-leading Gaming, Music and Computer/Mobile Retailing brands into the U.S.”

Intent will operate in parallel to NewBay’s existing business. Stuart Dinsey, Intent’s Founder and Managing Director, will continue his role under the new ownership and will help manage NewBay’s European efforts, operating from Intent’s offices in Hertfordshire and London.

“Intent has constantly expanded, becoming one of Europe’s biggest specialists in business media for entertainment markets,” says Dinsey. “Our entrepreneurial spirits and on-going ambitions fit perfectly with NewBay.  Together, we look forward to exploring further growth opportunities.”

The transaction between NewBay, which was formed in 2006 by the sale of United Business Media’s CMP Entertainment Media division, and Intent, which purchased several brands from United Business Media last year, returns several sister publications back under one roof. These include Pro Sound News and Pro Sound News Europe, Systems Contractor News and Installation, and TV Technology (which now incorporates TV Broadcast) and TVB Europe.  The combined portfolio will offer readers, advertisers and partners unparalleled depth, breadth and reach into these vibrant, dynamic and international markets.

“I have been impressed with every aspect of Intent’s business — I am excited to include these dynamic brands and talented team as part of the NewBay family,” adds Palm. “Together with Intent, our ability to serve our readers, advertisers and partners is immediately expanded and enhanced.”

This marks the sixth major acquisition of brands by NewBay in as many years, adding select assets from United Business Media’s CMP Entertainment Media division in September 2006, from IMAS in July 2007, from Reed Business Information-US in December 2009, from Penton in February 2011, and from Future PLC in January 2012. All of the previously acquired titles continue to thrive as part of the NewBay Media portfolio.

The Jordan, Edmiston Group, Inc. (JEGI), a leading independent investment bank, represented Intent in this transaction and acted as its exclusive financial advisor.

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

Intent’s portfolio is focused on six BtoB 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, Mumbai and Stockholm.

NewBay Media acquires Intent Media Limited

NEW YORK, NY (December 5, 2012) — NewBay Media LLC (“NewBay”) announced today that it has acquired Intent Media Limited (“Intent”).

Intent, based in the U.K., produces business publications, websites and events within the entertainment, technology and leisure markets. Its brands include Pro Sound News Europe, TVB Europe, Installation, MCV, and ToyNews among many others.

“Strategically, our plan has always included international expansion, and I am pleased that we were able to do this with a company that so perfectly complements our own portfolio and mission,” states Steve Palm, President and CEO, NewBay. “The addition of Intent immediately enhances our ability to serve the Broadcast, Pro Audio and AV markets. Further, Intent’s terrific team and operating platform open up new opportunities for global expansion of our powerful U.S. brands, as well as development of Intent’s market-leading Gaming, Music and Computer/Mobile Retailing brands into the U.S.”

Intent will operate in parallel to NewBay’s existing business. Stuart Dinsey, Intent’s Founder and Managing Director, will continue his role under the new ownership and will help manage NewBay’s European efforts, operating from Intent’s offices in Hertfordshire and London.

“Intent has constantly expanded, becoming one of Europe’s biggest specialists in business media for entertainment markets,” says Dinsey. “Our entrepreneurial spirit and on-going ambitions fit perfectly with NewBay. Together, we look forward to exploring further growth opportunities.”

The transaction between NewBay, which was formed in 2006 by the sale of United Business Media’s CMP Entertainment Media division, and Intent, which purchased several brands from United Business Media last year, returns several sister publications back under one roof.

These include Pro Sound News and Pro Sound News Europe, Systems Contractor News and Installation, and TV Technology (which now incorporates TV Broadcast) and TVB Europe. The combined portfolio will offer readers, advertisers and partners unparalleled depth, breadth and reach into these vibrant, dynamic and international markets.

“I have been impressed with every aspect of Intent’s business — I am excited to include these dynamic brands and talented team as part of the NewBay family,” adds Palm. “Together with Intent, our ability to serve our readers, advertisers and partners is immediately expanded and enhanced.”

This marks the sixth major acquisition of brands by NewBay in as many years, adding select assets from United Business Media’s CMP Entertainment Media division in September 2006, from IMAS in July 2007, from Reed Business Information-US in December 2009, from Penton in February 2011, and from Future PLC in January 2012. All of the previously acquired titles continue to thrive as part of the NewBay Media portfolio.

The Jordan, Edmiston Group, Inc. (JEGI), a leading independent investment bank, represented Intent in this transaction and acted as its exclusive financial advisor.

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

Intent’s portfolio is focused on six BtoB 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, Mumbai and Stockholm.

 

ME Awards 2012 winners announced

Last night saw London’s Royal Garden Hotel welcome the mobile industry’s finest, as over 300 senior professionals from across the globe turned out for the seventh annual ME Awards.

Among those recognised for their achievements over the past 12 months were O2 UK, who picked up the award for Best Operator, while Samsung received the Best Device Manufacturer gong, having seen its Galaxy S III enjoy huge success this year.

Meanwhile, Mubaloo won the Best Enterprise App Developer award following a hugely successful 12 months.

Elsewhere, OpenMarket and Qualcomm celebrated a successful night, having scooped awards for Best Customer Service and Best Augmented Reality Company respectively.

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.

Here’s the full list of winners:

BEST GAMBLING COMPANY
Betfair

BEST ADULT COMPANY
Cherry Media

BEST GAMES PUBLISHER
EA Mobile

BEST BRANDED APP DEVELOPER
Golden Gekko

BEST ENTERPRISE APP DEVELOPER
Mubaloo

BEST GAMES DEVELOPER
NaturalMotion

BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE
OpenMarket

BEST PR AGENCY
Speed Communications

BEST RECRUITMENT AGENCY
IMR Executive

BEST VIDEO SERVICE PROVIDER
Saffron Digital

BEST MUSIC SERVICE PROVIDER
Spotify

BEST AUGMENTED REALITY COMPANY
Qualcomm

BEST SOCIAL GAMES SERVICE PROVIDER
GREE

BEST GAMES MONETISATION COMPANY
24MAS

BEST CROSS-PLATFORM TOOLS PROVIDER
Marmalade

BEST PAY BY MOBILE COMPANY
Bango

BEST TRANSACTIONS COMPANY
Ericsson IPX

BEST WEB PUBLISHING COMPANY
Netbiscuits

BEST ADVERTISING NETWORK
InMobi

BEST RICH MEDIA ADVERTISING PLATFORM
Amobee 3D

BEST MARKETING COMPANY
Fetch

BEST DEVICE MANUFACTURER
Samsung

BEST OPERATOR
O2 UK

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO MOBILE ENTERTAINMENT
Ilja Laurs

For more information about the ME Awards, contact katy.phillips@intentmedia.co.uk or call +44 (0) 1992 535647.

 

Mobile Entertainment appoints new editor

Mobile Entertainment has appointed Daniel Gumble as its new editor, as the tech website continues in its bid to accelerate into new market sectors.

Daniel will work alongside ME’s publisher, Katy Phillips, associate editor Tim Green, and staff writer Zen Terrelonge on the daily site, as well as conferences and networking events.

As editor, he will help to shape the future direction of ME as it explores the increasing engagement of brands with mobile content.

“Daniel is an experienced entertainment tech journalist who has enjoyed tremendous success during his time leading Audio Pro International. We are thrilled that he has moved across to Mobile Entertainment and look forward to him getting out there to meet the industry,” said ME publisher Katy Phillips.

The appointment follows Mike Shaw’s departure, whose time as caretaker editor of ME was short but impactful, generating some of our best traffic ever and ensuring that the gap between Tim Green’s switch to associate editor and Dan’s arrival was a smooth one.

He will still be involved with Mobile Entertainment and is available for other freelance work. Mike can be found tweeting at @mikeshaw101 or email him at mike@mpshaw.co.uk.

Daniel can be contacted on daniel.gumble@intentmedia.co.uk and followed on Twitter at @DanGumble.

MI Pro strengthens editorial team

A Canadian national, Mackay is a journalism graduate and has also spent time working in MI retail at Long and McQuade, one of Canada’s largest musical instrument specialists. A multi-instrumentalist, he has also toured extensively on the live circuit in North America.

Mackay replaces Adam Savage who has moved up to become editor of Audio Pro International, MI Pro‘s online sister publication.

“Jory joins MI Pro at a very exciting time,” said managing editor, Ronnie Dungan, “as we push ahead with a number of new projects and ideas that will extend and strengthen what is already a very strong brand. He is an excellent journalist and his experience at retail and product knowledge will be a very valuable asset for us.”