PCR Awards tickets winners announced

The following retailers will each receive a pair of tickets to the lavish awards ceremony held at The Café Royal, London.

Caroline Johnson – YourTechOnline.com

Ketan Bhatt – Success International

Michael Hoffman – Drum Brae Solutions

Dominic Foulkes – Individual Computers

Vinh Quan – PC n Digital

CK – YoYoTech

Kate Baber – Computer Shop@Plymouth

Sushila Karia – KMGS

Simon Aronowitz – Support Lounge

Richard Dix – Positive Computing

John McCrea – Pentech Systems

Keith Irwin – Causeway Computer Services

Ashger Ali – Axia Computer Systems

Ben Stroud – ISE Computers

Tahir Shah – London Computer Centre

The PC Retail Awards will honour all sectors of the IT and computing business in the UK. Some 15 awards, covering the Frontline (Retail), Distribution and Vendor categories will be given out during the evening. Sponsors and event partners, meanwhile, include Gem, AMD, Widget UK, Enta Tech, Big Red Solutions, Toshiba, Realtime Distribution and VIP.

“We’re delighted with the response we’ve had to the PC Retail Awards,” said Intent Media managing director Stuart Dinsey. “The industry has given the event its full backing – as our line-up of sponsors and partners demonstrates."

For ticket and table sales contact Kathryn Humphrey at BHPR or email Kathryn.Humphrey@bhpr.co.uk.

Bike Biz gets a new look for ’08

It’s been two years since Hertfordshire B2B publishing house Intent Media acquired BikeBiz and in that time the magazine has gone from strength to strength, with executive editor Carlton Reid now being supported by BMX enthusiast staff writer Mark Sutton.

The new look BikeBiz, out now, has been redesigned to give the magazine a more modern feel, better suited to the dynamic world of the cycling business. The January issue boasts 80 pages and includes a guide to Core Bike, the trade-only exhibition being held later this month, an interview with Seventies Distribution, a look at the growing interest in cyclocross, plus all the BikeBiz regular columns and analysis of the month’s biggest news stories.

“BikeBiz has been a fantastic addition to the Intent Media stable of leisure and entertainment B2B titles since we acquired the magazine just over two years ago. But the past year has seen the publication really go from strength to strength,” said managing editor Lisa Foster.

“We wanted to kick off 2008 with a new look for the magazine, ensuring that the fast-moving world of the cycle trade has a publication it truly deserves. We’re confident that we’ve achieved just that – and we’re delighted that it’s also the biggest ever issue in the history of the magazine.”

Meanwhile, the BikeBiz.com website has been relaunched to reflect the new look of the magazine. All the features of the original site remain – including the popular forum – but there is now increased content, along with trade listings, events and statistics.

“The BikeBiz.com website remains a popular destination for the UK and international cycling industry, with traffic figures rising month on month,” added Foster. “We’re very proud of what we’ve achieved with the site to date and look forward to further growing the online element of BikeBiz going forward.”

For all editorial enquiries on BikeBiz, contact Mark Sutton or Lisa Foster on 01992 535646 or email Mark.Sutton@intentmedia.co.uk or Lisa.Foster@intentmedia.co.uk

To discuss the promotional opportunities available on BikeBiz and BikeBiz.com, contact Carly Bailey on 01992 535646 or email Carly.Bailey@intentmedia.co.uk.

And for a free trial subscription to the magazine contact Hannah Short on 01992 535646 or email Hannah.Short@intentmedia.co.uk.

MCV Jobs Board arrives

The new MCV Jobs Board offers a wide variety of positions, from sales and marketing to development and media. Single jobs can be posted directly for 28 days. They normally cost £150, but are offered at just £50 if booked directly through Chris.Buckley@intentmedia.co.uk any time this month.

Featuring prominently within the fast-growing www.mcvuk.com website, deals have already been struck with leading agencies such as OPM, Datascope, Aardvark and Special Move.

Plus, recruiters will be able to avoid agencies directly should they wish – by posting single or multiple jobs directly into the system. They don’t even have to speak to the MCV sales team.

Applicants will have their CVs automatically forwarded to the recruiting company, whilst registered job seekers will be notified every time a relevant job is posted.

MCV is also offering an integrated solution which gives additional benefits to high impact advertisers in its weekly print edition.

“Thanks to the huge pass-on readership of our print weekly and growing global army of online readers all over the world, MCV has the biggest readership across retail, sales, marketing, development, media, financial community and beyond,” commented MCV publisher and Intent Media managing director Stuart Dinsey.

“MCV is a brand trusted all over the world, driven by essential content carefully targeted for its readers. We are delighted to introduce this new online recruitment service, which provides not only a low-cost and flexible solution for recruiters but a valuable free service for job hunters.

“As most in the games industry already know, the MCV website is absolutely flying. The MCV Daily leads the market and so will our jobs board. Plus there is even more to come from us in the online area. Watch this space.”

To find out more about the MCV jobs board contact Chris.buckley@intentmedia.co.uk or go to www.mcvuk.com.

Intent launches Licensing.biz

The new site, called Licensing.biz, will cover all key sectors – such as toys and gifts, food and beverages, movies, sport, apparel, publishing, video games and design.

It will also boast a daily email news service, as well as recruitment services, opinion, key brand spotlights and event updates. ‘Web 2.0’ features such as real-time trade comments and forums will also be included.

Samantha Loveday, with over 10 years’ experience in the entertainment trade press, has been appointed editor.

“Apart from one quality global licensing title based in the US, there is very little in the trade area that is either modern in execution or of genuine value for today’s wider licensing community. We have responded to the demand for a window on the European business, which will be of huge value to licensees, licensors, retailers, media and investors,” said Intent Media managing director and Licensing.biz publisher Stuart Dinsey.

Licensing.biz launches just ahead of the Brand Licensing Europe event in London next month.
It has a targeted readership of over 8,000 licensing professionals, retailers and relevant executives from all key licence holders.

Launch sponsors include industry heavyweights such as Nickelodeon, Kilogram, Start Licensing, Entara, Hit Entertainment and Target.

“It is clear that in a global, fast-moving business like licensing, something new is required,” continued Dinsey.

“Traditional UK-based low-circulation print titles that appear infrequently are not the way forward. It’s not just about flogging ads around trade shows. The licensing sector deserves more than that.”

Intent Media is an independent media company specialising in trade magazines, B2B websites and events for entertainment and technology markets.

It already publishes eight market-leading publications, servicing markets such as toys, video games, home computing, mobile entertainment, cycling, musical instruments and professional audio.

For more information contact Stuart.dinsey@intentmedia.co.uk or go to www.licensing.biz

New ToyNews website launched

Already a success story, the original website had set the standard for the industry, with growing UK and international traffic driven by the recent launch of the ToyNews Daily email service.

The revised ToyNews site offers additional features such as direct industry comment and interaction around news stories, product spotlights, opinion, exclusive NPD data, newsfeeds from other leading toy sites such as the US-based Playthings, retail charts and High Street price checks.

ToyNews also offers an RSS feed and has relationships with search engines such as GoogleNews and NewsNow.

“We are a country mile ahead of any rival when it comes to online services for the European toy trade. This site provides even more essential information and takes us to a new level,” commented ToyNews publisher Stuart Dinsey.

“Like our print edition, ToyNews Online has become the standard bearer for news and information. We have a growing audience thanks to consistent quality editorial and huge investment in Search Engine Optimisation. Recruitment advertisers, particularly, have seen the difference compared to any other trade media. And we expect further significant growth going forward.”

Intent Media will also shortly unveil a new online service dedicated to all aspects of the international licensing business.

“Our licensing project will be announced very soon. It is clear that in a global, fast-moving business like licensing, something new is required. Traditional UK-based low-circulation print titles that appear infrequently are not the way forward. It’s not just about flogging ads around trade shows. The licensing sector deserves more than that,” added Dinsey.

Mobile content elite acclaimed at ME Awards

Among the 20 winners were Admob (pictured), Google, Nokia and EA. Meanwhile Ralph Simon, chair emeritus of MEF Americas, received a special award for his outstanding contribution to the mobile entertainment industry.

The ME Awards event, organised and hosted by Mobile Entertainment magazine, celebrates innovation and achievement in the mobile content space. It’s one of the highlights of the industry calendar and is attended by senior execs from all market sectors, all over the world. A wide range of categories covered all aspects of the mobile entertainment space, including content publishing, technical services and operator activities.

The ME Awards were sponsored by Nokia, Sega Mobile, Player X and Glu, with category winners chosen by a voting panel of over 400 industry execs. The event took place last night at The Brewery in London.

Tim Green, executive editor of Mobile Entertainment magazine, said: "Once again the best of the industry gathered in one room to collectively celebrate its innovation and success. Can’t wait to do it all again next year."

Mobile Entertainment is the world’s only trade publication for the mobile content sector, providing news, features and analysis to over 10,000 industry execs every month. It also hosts the market’s premier online destination at www.mobile-ent.biz.

Full list of ME Awards winners:

Best Imaging Company
Getty Images

Best Gambling Company
Spin3

Best Adult Services Company
WAAT

Best D2C Content Service
Buongiorno

Best Games Developer
Digital Chocolate

Best Games Publisher
EA

Best Music Label
Ministry of Sound

Best Video Producer
MTV

Best Video and TV Service Provider
Player X

Best Music Service Provider
Groove Mobile

Best Games Service Provider
Terraplay

Best Billing Provider
Bango

Best Managed Service Platform
Ericsson

Best Mobile Publishing Platform
Wapple

Best Mobile Marketing and Advertising Service Provider
Admob

Best Search Provider
Google

Best Community Service Provider
Jumbuck

Best Handset Company
Nokia

Best Operator
3UK

Outstanding contribution to mobile entertainment
Ralph Simon, MEF Americas

Intent launches Audio Pro International

A sister title to the existing Musical Instrument Professional (MI Pro), Audio Pro will become an essential information and community resource for the live sound, commercial broadcasting and recording market.

The print version will be published 10 times a year, supported by daily news and content at www.audiprointernational.com.

Launch circulation is 5,000, with over half of the B2B title’s circulation going overseas.
Well established audio journalist Andy Wood has been hired as editor.

Issue 1 hits desks on Friday September 7th, with an additional 5,000 copies distributed at the PLASA trade show taking place the following weekend at Earls Court.

“Our research shows that the sector is ready for this title, which will provide an integrated print and online solution for live, broadcast and recording specialists all over the world,” commented Intent Media managing director Stuart Dinsey.

“It is a perfect fit for us, given our current leadership position within the trade sector for musical instruments, plus our specialism in technology and entertainment sectors.”

Audio Pro International joins a roster of trade-only titles that already includes the weekly MCV: The Market for Home Computing & Video Games, plus MI Pro, PC Retail, ToyNews, Mobile Entertainment, BikeBiz and Develop.

Intent Media also hosts a growing series of awards events and conferences.

Games Media Awards: Finalists Revealed

The awards will take place on Thursday October 11th at the Soho Revue Bar, London and will see 15 awards being given out across three categories of Mainstream Media, Specialist Games Media (Print) and Specialist Games Media (Online).  Plus a special ‘Games Legend’ recognition award.

FInalists in full…

Mainstream Media

Games Writer on a National Newspaper

Greg Howson (The Guardian)
Jonathan Weinberg (The Sun)
Nigel Kendall (The Times)
Rebecca Armstrong (Independent)
Steve Boxer (The Guardian)

Games Writer on a Lifestyle Magazine

Chris Burke (Loaded)
Daniel Booth (Nuts)
Rob Waugh (Live Magazine)
Simon Munk (FHM)
Will Findlater (Stuff)

Games Writer on a Mainstream Website

Darren Waters (BBC)
David Clack (FHM)
David McComb (Empire Online)
Mark Gilbert (News Of The World)
Stephen Daultrey (Maxim)

Regional Games Column

David Crookes (Bolton Evening News)
Ewan Ross (Liverpool Echo)
Steve Lawson (Daily Record)
Steve Wollaston (Midland Weekly Media)
Steven Fox (Metro)

Best Games-Dedicated Broadcast on Mainstream TV or Radio

Johnny Minkley (Radio One)
Game On (BBC Five Live)
Gamer.TV (Bravo)
Matt Cuttle (Gamers)
Re:Loaded (Channel M)

Specialist Games Media (Print)

PlayStation Magazine

Play (Imagine)
Official PlayStation Magazine (Future)
PSM3 (Future)
PSU3 (Imagine)
PSW (Future)

Xbox Magazine

360 (Imagine)
360 Gamer (Uncooked)
Official Xbox 360 Magazine (Future)
X360 (Imagine)
Xbox World 360 (Future)

Nintendo Magazine

NGamer (Future)
nRevolution (Imagine)
Official Nintendo Magazine (Future)

Multi-Format Magazine

GamesMaster (Future)
GamesTM (Imagine)
Edge (Future)
Retro Gamer (Imagine)

Overall Games Magazine

Jury to state one magazine from their nominations above, or a PC magazine.

Best Writer on a Specialist Magazine

Darren Jones (Retro Gamer, Imagine)
Jon Blyth (PC Zone, Future)
Kieron Gillen (PC Gamer, Future)
Martin Mathers (Official Nintendo Magazine, Future)
Tony Mott (Edge, Future)

Specialist Games Media (Online
)

Games Website – News

Eurogamer.net
Gamespot.co.uk
Joystiq.com
Kotaku.com
Spong.com

Games Website: Reviews & Features

Eurogamer.net
GamesRadar.co.uk
ComputerAndVideoGames.com
IGN (UK)
Spong.com

Games Podcast

Cheap Ass Gamer’s CAGcast
Gamespot
Gamesweasel
One Life Left
PC Gamer

Non-Commercial Website or Blog

Destructoid
Game Over, Yeah
Idle Thumbs
UK: Resistance
Wonderland

Best Writer in Specialist Digital Media

Alex Sassoon Coby (Gamespot)
Andy Robinson (cvg.com)
Gary Cutlack (UK:R)
Ryan King (OXM.co.uk)
Tom Bramwell (Eurogamer)

Games Legend Award sponsored by System 3

(Special recognition award – winner revealed on the night)

PC Retail Awards categories revealed

In order to fully represent the entire channel, the awards will be divided into three sections, each containing five awards: Frontline, Distribution and Vendor.

The frontline awards will recognise excellence in customer-facing organisations, be they on the High Street, the Internet or dealing with businesses. The winners of these awards will be those organisations that have best represented the UK technology industry to the outside world.

The distribution awards are designed to acknowledge the hard work put in by the unsung heroes of the channel. The sales and marketing teams at distributors are a vital link between vendors and retailers, without whom the channel would grind to a halt.

Of course no technology awards event would be complete without the companies that actually make the products: vendors. However, the PC Retail awards will again concentrate on the sales and marketing teams as they are the ‘face’ of those vendors in the channel.

Finally there will be a Grand Prix, awarded to the individual, team or company deemed to have made a conspicuous contribution to the channel in the previous year.

Awards Categories:

Frontline
– High Street Independent
– High Street Multiple
– Online Retailer
– Value Added Reseller
– Best Technical Support

Distribution
– Sales Team: Home
– Sales Team: Business
– Sales Innovation
– Marketing and PR Team
– Specialist Distributor

Vendor
– Sales Team: Home
– Sales Team: Business
– Marketing and PR Team: Home
– Marketing and PR Team: Business
– Specialist Vendor

Grand Prix

PC Retail Awards to debut in March ’08

Intent Media, publisher of the market leading PC Retail magazine  (as well as leading print and online video games titles MCV and Develop) has today unveiled first details about the PC Retail Awards 2008.

The event will take place on Thursday March 13th at the Café Royal, Regent Street, London and is expected to attract 400 key retailers, distributors, suppliers and media from the home and small business computing sector.

“We have responded to demand for an awards event that fully respects the scale, competition and vibrancy of the retail market," commented PC Retail publisher and Intent Media managing director Stuart Dinsey.

"It will be transparent, valuable and a fantastic night of networking – with typically high Intent Media production values.”

Intent Media already runs major awards events in the video games and mobile markets, alongside events partner Barrington Harvey.

“This is about celebrating the industry and recognising exceptional performance from retailer or supplier alike,” added Dinsey “The awards will be affordable and heavily promoted – giving guests and sponsors great value."

More updates will come soon via PC Retail’s 13,000 strong print magazine, the PCR Daily News email bulletin and also our fast-growing website.

For more information about tables or sponsorship packages, contact Kathryn.Humphrey@bhpr.co.uk

Awards Categories

Frontline
– High Street Independent
– High Street Multiple
– Online Retailer
– Value Added Reseller
– Best Technical Support

Distribution
– Sales Team: Home
– Sales Team: Business
– Sales Innovation
– Marketing and PR Team
– Specialist Distributor

Vendor
– Sales Team: Home
– Sales Team: Business
– Marketing and PR Team: Home
– Marketing and PR Team: Business
– Specialist Vendor

+ Grand Prix