NewBay Media Expands Data and Research Capabilities

NEW YORK, NY (April 10, 2014) — NewBay Media, publisher of Multichannel News, Broadcasting & Cable, and Next TV, has announced the acquisition of television research and analysis firm Ratings Intelligence. The addition of Ratings Intelligence to NewBay’s portfolio further affirms NewBay’s deep commitment to content quality and to providing unique access to data-driven research reports to aid readers in their daily decision making.

“We continue to move forward in our goal to serve our markets as comprehensively as possible,” says Steve Palm, CEO, NewBay Media. “The addition of Ratings Intelligence immediately strengthens our ability to serve the television production community and also opens up the door for future data research possibilities for our music, Pro AV, consumer electronic, and education audiences.”

Ratings Intelligence provides its subscribers with daily television research reports that contextualize audience data. NewBay’s editorial resources and expertise will allow the company to continue and expand on its commitment to producing independent analysis and indispensable business intelligence for the industry.  Subscribers receive an incisive summary of the day’s vital information, broken down into easy-to-understand written reports, along with supporting tables and charts, generated by Ratings Intelligence’s visualization technology, that let readers quickly digest the key insights in each story.

Ratings Intelligence subscribers include executives at top television companies such as National Geographic, Warner Bros., Discovery, Disney, and CBS News, to name a few. Its work has been cited and its analysts have been quoted in Multichannel News, The New York Times, Huffington Post, and Crain’s.

“We welcome the Ratings Intelligence team to NewBay and look forward to working with them on the expansion of the audience analysis they have been doing for subscribers,” states Mark Robichaux, editor-in-chief, Multichannel News. “I am thrilled that this valuable research tool will now be a part of NewBay, and am looking forward to working with the Ratings Intelligence team.”

Ratings Intelligence’s Reess Kennedy, CEO, operations, and subscriber relationships, will remain with the company as it joins NewBay.

About RATINGS INTELLIGENCE
Ratings Intelligence is a research company owned by industry trade leader NewBay Media, based in New York’s tech-centric Flatiron district. Ratings Intelligence puts TV ratings in context for busy executives making important business decisions based on the company’s research. Find out more at www.ratingsintel.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 Cable Television, 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.

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TWICE Europe newsletter launches

Intent Media, a NewBay Media company, has announced the launch of TWICE Europe, a consumer electronics news, analysis and information resource that is targeted for the European market. TWICE Europe is an extension of the U.S. TWICE brand, which also owned by NewBay and is the #1 business publication serving the consumer electronics industry for over 25 years.
 
TWICE Europe debuts tomorrow (October 31, 2013) as an email newsletter that delivers vital information and news relevant to the consumer electronics market in Europe, with circulation to — and content that includes — manufacturers, retailers, suppliers, and distributors. Published twice weekly, it will round up the ten most important stories from around the web and provide editorial insights along with links for more information.
 
“TWICE is excited to extend its brand into Europe,” said Ed Hecht, publisher and VP of TWICE at NewBay Media. “With many manufacturers competing in a global market, it is important for TWICE to assume a leadership position in delivering a perspective on consumer electronics news around the world.”
 
TWICE Europe will be managed by the team that produces PCR, the U.K. B2B brand for the PC and tech retail sector. Rob Temple has been hired as editor of TWICE Europe. Temple is a technology journalist with a decade in the trade. Previously a PPA award-winning features editor on Future Publishing’s T3 magazine, he’s also worked for Men’s Health and edited The Gadget Show Magazine, as well as writing for host of magazines and national newspapers on a freelance basis.
 
“TWICE is incredibly well respected by the consumer electronics and tech industries on both sides of the Atlantic,” said TWICE Europe and PCR publisher Lisa Carter. “We’re delighted to bring that quality to the European CE sector with TWICE Europe, which will provide all industry professionals with all the news and analysis they need, straight into their in-boxes.”
 
“One of our primary goals in acquiring Intent Media last December was to expand pertinent NewBay Media brands across the Atlantic and vice versa,” added Steve Palm, CEO NewBay Media. “I applaud the Intent Media team’s efforts in bringing TWICE to the European market, and look forward to many more collaborations and expansions of our brands.”
 
The free TWICE Europe newsletter will launch on October 31,2013. To register, visit www.pcr-online.biz/twiceeurope.
 
For information on advertising in TWICE Europe, or any other details, contact Lisa.Carter@intentmedia.co.uk.
 
About TWICE
TWICE (This Week in Consumer Electronics) is published by NewBay Media and is the #1 business publication serving the consumer electronics industry. With editorial coverage on all things consumer electronics, including audio, video, smartphones, tablets, cameras, car electronics, major appliances, accessories and so much more, TWICE is where the industry turns to put it all into perspective. Be it news, new products and/or trends, all 25 issues of TWICE have it covered. For more information, visit www.twice.com.
 
About INTENT MEDIA, A NEWBAY MEDIA COMPANY
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. 
 
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Licensing.biz Power List 2013 revealed

Licensing.biz this morning unveiled its first ever Power List of the most influential brands of 2013.

Voted for by 200 independent industry judges – including licensors, licensees, retailers and agents among others – the four categories each had clear winners: Peppa Pig (eOne) was number one in the Character & Entertainment sector, LEGO was named the number one in Brands, V&A Museum topped the Art & Design category, while London 2012 Olympic Games took the top spot in Sports.

The Power List – published in association with miEvents, and sponsored by MyBrandEmail and Counterpoint Systems – also honours big name properties including Angry Birds, Moshi Monsters, Skylanders, Coca-Cola, One Direction, Cath Kidston, Orla Kiely, Manchester United and England Rugby.

In addition, brands just beginning their licensing journey are also recognised. These include Fatina Dreams, Tango, Marmite, Rob Ryan, Levi Roots, The Great British Bake Off, Wall’s, Kellogg’s, LIFE, Minecraft and Tree Fu Tom.

There will also be a chance to celebrate this evening at a special, invitation-only drinks reception at the Hand & Flower.

The full Power List will be distributed with the November issue of ToyNews, as well as selected issues of Music Week and MCV. Copies will also be available from the Licensing.biz team throughout the show.

The top five properties in each category are as follows:

Character & Entertainment

Peppa Pig
Hello Kitty
Moshi Monsters
Angry Birds
Skylanders

Brands

LEGO
Coca-Cola
One Direction
Marmite
JCB

Art & Design

V&A
Orla Kiely
Cath Kidston
Emma Bridgewater
LIFE

Sports

London 2012 Olympic Games
Manchester United
England Rugby
Wimbledon
Liverpool FC

Games Media Awards toast new talent and top writers

The journalist-voted prizes acknowledge the best new and established talent working in the UK games media.

Dan Douglas was named Games Writer of The Year, winning for his piece “Play The Pain Away”, which discussed using games to cope with mental illness. The piece was praised by award judge Tim Lott, novelist and newspaper columnist, for being “a fascinating piece that countervailed the popular wisdom that video games are chewing gum for the mind”.

Meanwhile, up and coming writer Francisco Dominguez won the Games Media Academy – and with it, guaranteed freelance contracts from a group of publishers including IGN, GameSpot and Future Publishing – for ‘A Useful Death’, about indie game The Swapper.

Paul Presley, former PC Zone leader and games journalist for over 20 years, was named Games Media Legend.

In the mainstream games coverage camp Keith Stuart was named best newspaper writer for his work in The Guardian, while New Statesman deputy editor Helen Lewis won mainstream magazine writer. Digital Spy won best coverage by a mainstream website.

On the broadcast front Videogamer TV won for best video, while Guy Cocker’s independent games podcast won best radio/podcast.

Specialist outlets and writers also scooped key prizes.

Edge won two awards – for best magazine and best specialist print writer in  features editor Jason Killingsworth. They were two of Future’s three wins overall – Official Xbox Magazine writer Jon Blyth took home the specialist writer online prize.

Elsewhere, Eurogamer won best website and Cara Ellison won Rising Star. Best blog award was claimed by Average Gamer, while Steve Hogarty was named ‘Top Tweeter’.

This year’s event was supported by Gold Partners Nintendo 3DS, Xbox, PlayStation, Battlefield 4, NCsoft and Watch Dogs; Drinks Reception sponsor Deep Silver; Top Tweeter award partner Green Man Gaming; Games

Writer of the Year award partner Sega; Rising Star award partner Disney Infinity; and event partner Gamescom.

Inaugural Pro Sound Awards winners revealed

The Pro Sound Awards 2013 took place at Ministry of Sound in London, with the ceremony preceded by a drinks reception and buffet dinner, and followed by an exclusive after party.

The awards are jointly-backed by Intent Media publications Audio Pro International, MI Pro, Pro Sound News Europe, Installation, Audio Media, Music Week and TVBEurope, while the judging was performed by a cross-section of professionals from across the audio industry.

“We set out to celebrate the often-overlooked achievements of individuals and companies across the industry by launching these Awards, and the list of winners proves we’ve certainly met our objective,” said Audio Pro International editor Adam Savage. “It’s great to see so many people from all areas of pro audio come together in one place to hail the efforts of these hard working professionals, and we’re already looking forward to next year. A big congratulations to the winners, you all deserve it.”

Here’s the list of winners in full:

LIVE/TOURING SOUND (sponsored by Medialease)

Engineer of the Year: Jim Warren
Tour Sound Production: Audio Electronics Mattijsen for the coronation of King Willem-Alexander, Amsterdam
After-sales Support: Mark Saunders, Sennheiser

STUDIO (sponsored by Focusrite Novation)

Engineer of the Year: Toby Alington
Recording Production of the Year: Mark Ronson for Bruno Mars Unorthodox Jukebox (album)
Studio of the Year: British Grove, London

INSTALLATION (sponsored by Genelec)

Team of the Year: Wigwam Acoustics
Permanent Installation Project of the Year: Funktion-One for toboggan run for Winter Olympics, Sochi 2014
Temporary Installation Project of the Year: Sennheiser for David Bowie is, V&A, London

BROADCAST AUDIO (sponsored by Sony)

Team of the Year: Conrad Fletcher + Team for NTLive
Broadcast Event of the Year: Riedel for the Red Bull Stratos Project
Facility of the Year: Goldcrest Post

MARKETING INITIATIVE/CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR

Soundcraft Studer

RISING STAR (sponsored by Sennheiser)

Xavier Stephenson, Metropolis Studios

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

Andy Munro

GRAND PRIX (sponsored by Digico)

BEIRG

For more information on the Awards, visit the event’s website.

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.

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. 

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.