ME Awards finalists revealed

Hundreds of companies submitted nominations for the eagerly awaited event at the Royal Garden Hotel in London in two months’ time.

The ME Awards are hosted by Mobile Entertainment magazine, which is published by Intent Media.

The finalists are listed below, but you can also browse their profiles in the official ME Awards 2009 Finalists Supplement.

The winners will be decided by a judging panel, which is drawn from the ME contacts book and consists of around 400 execs from all sectors of the business.

Members of the jury are sent a PDF of the supplement. They base their decisions on this document and their own industry experience.

Our generous sponsors this year are Nokia Ovi (Gold Partner), Nielsen (Silver Partner), Mobile Interactive Group (Operator Award Partner), PlayPhone (Games Publisher Awards Partner) Partnertrans (Exclusive Drinks Reception Partner), MplayIt (Social Media Award Partner), Neo Mobile (Advertising & Marketing Award Partner) and IMR Executive (Best D2C Company Award Partner).

For details of table sales at the awards and other ticket enquiries contact Jodie.Holdway@bhpr.co.uk or call +44 (0) 1462 456 780.

Here are the finalists:

DEVELOPMENT & PUBLISHING

Best Gambling Company

Cellectivity
Spin3
Probability
Gamesys
Netplay

Last year’s winner: Probability

Best Adult Company

Mobile Streams
Cherry Media
Private
Katina
A3 Media Network (formerly Brickhouse Mobile)

Last year’s winner: Waat Media

Best D2C Company

Neomobile
Hungama
Playphone
TIM w.e.
Flycell

Last year’s winner: Zed

Best Games Developer

Firemint
Digital Chocolate
Gamelion
Fishlabs
Mr Goodliving
Dynamic Pixels

Last year’s winner: Ideaworks3D

Best Games Publisher

Gameloft
Glu
EA Mobile
Ngmoco
Connect2Media
Namco

Last year’s winner: EA Mobile

Best Music Publisher

Sony Music
Ministry of Sound
UrbanWorld Wireless
Universal Music

Last year’s winner: Sony Music

Best Video Company

Fun Little Movies
Orange France
Sky
Mofilm
BBC

Last year’s winner: Sky

Best Social Media Company

Mocospace
Buongiorno
Flirtomatic
GoFresh
BuzzCity

Last year’s winner: Flirtomatic

SERVICES

Best Video & TV Service Provider

Quickplay
Mobiclip
Saffron
Player X
Dilithium
Mobix

Last year’s winner: QuickPlay

Best Games Service Provider

Selatra
ParterTrans
Mplayit
Babel
Accumulate
Metaflow

Last year’s winner: Selatra

Best Music Service Provider

Shazam
Omnifone
24/7
Muzicall
RealNetworks

Last year’s winner: Shazam

Best Transactions Provider

Mobile Interactive Technology
Ericsson IPX
Bango
mBlox
txtNation
Netsize

Last year’s winner: Bango

Best Mobile Publishing Platform

Mobile IQ
Wapple
NetBiscuits
Kilrush
Mobrool
Fonestarz

Last year’s winner: Volantis

Best Search and Location Company

abphone
Useful Networks
Taptu
MCN
Yahoo

Last year’s winner: Taptu

Best Marketing & Advertising Company

Velti
Out There
mKhoj/inMobi
Admob
4th Screen
RingRing Media

Last year’s winner: Admob

Best App Store

GetJar
Mobango
Nokia Ovi
Apple App Store
Blackberry App World
Android Market

OPERATORS & HANDSETS

Best Handset Company

Apple
Nokia
Sony Ericsson
INQ
RIM

Last year’s winner: Apple

Best Operator

Orange
Vodafone
O2
Telenor
Vodacom

Last year’s winner: O2

Audio Pro International launches Industry Excellence Awards

Intent Media’s Audio Pro International magazine has launched its own virtual awards ceremony, acknowledging the best products, companies and people in all sectors of the business.

There will be no pricey black tie event, but instead, through the pages of Audio Pro and at www.audioprointernational.com, there will be lobbying, nominations, debate and industry-wide voting – all ending in worthy winners of 15 categories (see list below).

The awards will have a transparent voting procedure, with the Audio Pro International team picking five finalists per category, following a free-of-charge lobbying period, which begins immediately and will end August 20th. A wide judging panel, drawn from all sectors of the business, will then choose the winners.

The awards are arranged into two categories: Studio & Broadcast Sound and Live & Installed Sound. There is also an Audio Pro Lifetime Achievement Award presented to an individual who has made a significant, positive difference to the industry.

In the two sector-based categories, awards for exceptional events or projects will go to the person, team or organisation tasked with providing the sound as a product, either through record production, sound system installation, hire, deployment, or broadcast services.

“The Audio Pro Awards have been created to recognise those who share our passion for professional audio and strive to push the boundaries with every endeavour,” explains editor, Andrew Low.

“From the big rental companies and manufacturers to the independent engineers and new companies, we are inspired by the innovation that we see at every trade show and event and feel that these individuals should be recognised for their great efforts.

“We also want the process to be simple, transparent and inclusive. We know through the magazine and the website that our readers have strong opinions on what works and who’s going the extra yard, and to get them involved in a poll like this will throw up some fascinating results, I’m sure.”

The panel of judges is currently being assembled and Audio Pro International welcomes requests from anyone who would like to be a judge, or suggest someone who they feel should be on the panel. Lobbying is now open and those who work in the industry are invited to put forward the names of people or companies who they consider to be deserving of an award. Self-nomination is perfectly acceptable and encouraged. To contact the team regarding either judging or lobbying, please email us at: andrew.low@intentmedia.co.uk

Mobile Music Now attracts big names to BAFTA

The first conference hosted by Intent Media’s Mobile Entertainment magazine packed them in to BAFTA’s Piccadilly HQ for an evening of debate and networking.

Representatives from Nokia, O2, Vodafone, Sony Music, and OgilvyOne joined over a hundred other industry luminaries to debate the issues of the day.

You can review our Twitter feed of the event by clicking here.

We took lots of photos too, which you can see on Flickr by clicking here.

MMN was sponsored by 24-7 Entertainment, the power behind Omnifone’s Music Station subscription service and the TDC Play offering.

Ringbacks specialist Muzicall, India-based aggregator Hungama, and solutions provider Materna were our Gold sponsors.

New website for Develop magazine

Now accessible at www.develop-online.net, the sleek upgrade reinforces the site’s position as the leading news source for the global games development community, featuring breaking stories, industry comment, interviews with leading names, company spotlights and in-depth profiles.

Our new website also brings with it a number of new features, including a customisable news feed page, an improved comment system, and a blog written by both Develop’s on-staff writers and our many industry contributors.

News content is also now grouped into categories specific for each major games development territory and subject, so readers can find news relevant to their region or interest.

Develop Online also includes a directory of leading games development companies, and digital downloads of our previous print editions.

The site also boasts a new look for its email alerts, which keep you abreast of all the latest news. They’re available as either as a Daily Digest, which includes a summary of the day’s news, or a Newsflash for breaking news. If you’re not signed up already, you can do so here.

"The thing that differentiates Develop from everyone else is that it is 100 per cent targeted at the sector," commented publisher Stuart Dinsey.

"It is written for developers and, very often, by developers. We are powerful in print and online. This latest investment in a new site will further extend our global reach and market leading position."

Develop’s online editor Rob Crossley, the former UK online editor for Edge, is the main point of contact for the new site. He can be reached through email on Rob.Crossley@intentmedia.co.uk or via telephone at the Intent Media offices on 01992 535 646.

The Develop site also offers an increased number of advertising and sponsorship opportunities. Get in touch by sending an email to Katie.Rawlings@intentmedia.co.uk for more details.

Brand new look for Licensing.biz

The sleek upgrade reinforces our position as the leading news source for the global licensing industry, featuring breaking stories, industry comment, interviews with leading names, company spotlights and brand profiles

Our new website also brings with it a number of new features, including a customisable news feed page, an improved comment system and regular industry poll.

We’ve also collected all the opinion pieces written by the Licensing.biz editorial team and our high-profile contributors into a new Blog area.

And we’ve tweaked the look of our email alerts – these keep you abreast of all the latest news either as a Daily Digest or a Newsflash. You can sign up for them here.

Make sure you keep coming back to Licensing.biz by setting us as your homepage, add it to your favourites or toolbar, or add our RSS to your newsreader.

And don’t worry if you’re on mobile or BlackBerry – our mobile.licensing.biz site is still up and running, and mobile versions of the email alerts are available to read, meaning that you can stay up to date with industry news no matter where you are.

For details of the all new Licensing.biz functionality, plus new advertising and sponsorship opportunities, contact adrian.miles@intentmedia.co.uk.

“Licensing.biz boasts quality online daily news and analysis, with genuine high circulation,” commented publisher Stuart Dinsey. “Monthly Google Analytics audits prove that we have over 20,000 unique trade readers. The new site takes us forward again, with expanded content and international reach.”

New look for PCR website

The sleek upgrade reinforces PCR’s position as the leading UK computing and IT channel website and print publication, featuring news, industry comment, interviews with leading names in the trade – and a vast resource for retailer and resellers within our Marketplace section.

Marketplace includes an array of content for the trade, from previews of upcoming and just launched product, plus a useful directory of UK distributors and vendors.

Coinciding with the new look of the PCR print publication, our new website also brings with it a number of new features, including a customisable news feed page, an improved comment system which includes the ability to rate posts, and more ways to read the digital versions of our print magazine.

We’ve also collected all the opinion pieces written by the PCR editorial team and our high-profile contributors into a new blog area.

And we’ve tweaked the look of our email alerts – these keep you abreast of all the latest news either as a daily digest or a newsflash. You can sign up for them here.

Make sure you keep coming back pcr-online.biz by setting us as your homepage, add it to your favourites or toolbar, or add our RSS to your newsreader.

And don’t worry if you’re on mobile or Blackberry – our mobile.pcr-online.biz site is still up and running, and mobile versions of the email alerts are available to read, meaning that you can stay up to date with channel industry news no matter where you are.

For details of all new pcr-online.biz functionality, plus new advertising and sponsorship opportunities contact katie.rawlings@intentmedia.co.uk

MCV Industry Excellence Awards: The Winners

Over 600 retailers, media, publishers, developers, analysts and distributors jammed into The Brewery in London to see over 40 different companies fight it out for the ultimate recognition from customers, rivals and partners at the MCV Awards 09.

Nintendo was once again the biggest winner on the night, picking up four awards, but EA Sports won the super prestigious Grand Prix. The FIFA 09 publisher’s global president Peter Moore flew to London to collect the prize.

“These trade awards once again celebrated the hard work and creativity that makes the UK such a successful, vibrant and competitive marketplace,” commented Moore.

“To win the MCV Grand Prix is very special. It is a tremendously prestigious trade award that vindicates the effort we have put into EA Sports over the past year and many years prior to that.

“This is one for our team all over the world. We are very proud indeed.”

There were also highly impressive wins for Sega (Sales Team of the Year), Activision Blizzard (Publisher of the Year) and Bethesda’s Fallout 3 (Sales Triumph).

Nintendo won PR Team, Marketing Team and Game Campaign (for Wii Fit), whilst long-serving UK sales director Andy Yates was presented with the MCV Retail Advisory Board Special Recognition award.

Rockstar North won UK Development Team, Sony’s LittleBigPlanet picked up New Games Brand and Microsoft’s New Xbox Live Experience  won Marketing Innovation.

Centresoft won Distribution Team for the fourth time in seven years, whilst GAME was awarded High Street Retailer and Play.Com won Online Retailer.

Other retail winners included HMV Gamerbase (Retail Innovation), Mike Barnes and Pearl Robinson (Store Managers of the Year) and Gamestation Birmingham New Street (Star Store).

Gem and Codemaster’s co-sponsored pre-drinks, whilst Atari Ghostbusters put its name to the official drinks reception.

The event partner was DeepSilver/Ride To Hell, with PartnerTrans an Award partner. Nintendo sponsored the Retail category of prizes.

The full list of winners were:

Grand Prix – EA SPORTS
RAB Special Recognition – ANDY YATES, NINTENDO

PR & MARKETING

Marketing Team – NINTENDO
PR Team – NINTENDO
Game Campaign: NINTENDO (Wii Fit)
New Games Brand – LITTLEBIGPLANET
Marketing Innovation – NEW XBOX EXPERIENCE

PEOPLE & INDUSTRY

Games Publisher – ACTIVISION BLIZZARD
Sales Team – SEGA
Sales Triumph – BETHESDA (Fallout 3)
UK Development Team – ROCKSTAR NORTH
Distribution Team – CENTRESOFT

RETAIL

High Street Retailer – GAME
Online Retailer – PLAY.COM
Retail Innovation – HMV GAMERBASE
Store Managers of the Year – PEARL ROBINSON, MIKE BARNES – GAME OXFORD ST.
Star Store – GAMESTATION, BIRMINGHAM NEW STREET

The MCV Industry Excellence Awards ’09 were sponsored by Codemasters, Gem, Nintendo, Partnertrans, Koch Media and Atari Ghostbusters.

For more information, contact Kathryn.Humphrey@bhpr.co.uk.

PCR Awards: The Winners

The second PC Retail Awards went off with a bang last night, as over 300 retailers, resellers, distributors and vendors gathered in the Royal Garden Hotel in London to celebrate the achievements of the channel over the past year.

Acer did particularly well, taking home not only the prestigious Grand Prix prize, but also the Sales Team: Business award in the Vendor category.

The first ever Industry Achievement Award, which recognises outstanding success by an individual, went to CK from London based independent store YoYoTech.

EntaTech also shined on the night, being awarded with both the Sales Team: Business and Sales Innovation accolades in the Distribution category. Gem Creative, Target and VIP Computers also won awards.

On the retail front, Novatech and John Lewis were amongst the winners, while BullGuard, TomTom, Microsoft and Kingston Technology took home prizes in the Vendor category.

“The evening was a fantastic success – a huge thanks goes out to everyone who supported the event," said PC Retail publisher and Intent Media boss Stuart Dinsey. "All the awards are publicly voted for by the trade, so all the winners should be extremely proud."

PC Retail Awards 2009 category winners are listed below in full:

Category: Front Line

High Street Independent – Novatech

High Street Multiple – John Lewis

Online Retailer – Amazon

Value Added Reseller – Bear IT

Best Technical Support – Geeks-On-Wheels

Category: Distribution

Sales Team: Home – VIP Computers

Sales Team: Business – EntaTech

Sales Innovation – EntaTech

Marketing & PR Team – Gem Creative

Specialist Distributor – Target Components

Category: Vendor

Sales Team: Home – BullGuard

Sales Team: Business – Acer

Marketing & PR Team: Home – TomTom

Marketing & PR Team: Business – Microsoft

Specialist Vendor – Kingston Technology

Industry Achievement – CK, YoYoTech

Grand Prix – Acer

For more information, contact Katie.Rawlings@intentmedia.co.uk

MCV appointed key international partner by E3

A partnership has been signed between this year’s E3 Expo in Los Angeles and leading games trade title MCV.

The agreement is part of E3 Expo’s widened reach this year, with its aim being to attract more accredited retailers and media from outside the US.

Published by Intent Media, MCV is Europe’s leading online and print source for trade information. It boasts a daily email news service, print and digital weekly and ever-growing website.

“Across our different formats, MCV attracts a combined trade readership of over 265,000 a month. We are the perfect partner for the E3 Expo and very proud to be on board,” commented Intent boss and MCV publisher Stuart Dinsey.

Intent will be actively promoting E3 Expo across a variety of its premier B2B brands, including MCV, Develop, CasualGaming.Biz, Licensing.Biz and Mobile Entertainnment.

Mobile Music Now date confirmed

Over 150 senior professionals from the space are expected to attend, with delegates drawn from operators, handset manufacturers, record labels, service providers and more.
 
Mobile Music Now is a new kind of conference for a maturing market sector. It’s been conceived to deliver a succinct amount of market intelligence with an unprecedented opportunity for business networking at an affordable price. The key benefits are:
 
Insight
 
Two compelling keynotes and a snappy panel session will deliver genuine market intelligence.

Convenience
 
The action starts at 4.30pm and continues till late to give every delegate the opportunity to complete a day’s work before arrival.

Networking
 
All delegates are given the chance to book a speed networking session with panellists and industry ‘VIPs’. Then there’s an informal three course dinner and drinks.
 
Affordability

Delegate places cost only £199 + VAT if ordered before May 1st. That’s a tenth of the cost of some industry conferences.
 
Stuart Dinsey, MD of Intent Media, said: “Mobile Music Now is the right kind of event for the busy exec who wants to cement existing business alliances and build new ones. I’m delighted to confirm its return this summer, and feel confident that the entertaining format and the recession-busting price tag will guarantee a sell-out event.”
 
Look out for confirmation of more details, including speaker line-up, in ME magazine and on this site over the next few weeks.

For general information, please contact Tim.Green@intentmedia.co.uk or call +44 (0) 1992 535 646.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tom.Roberts@intentmedia.co.uk or call +44 (0) 1992 535 647.

For delegate bookings, please contact Rob.Baker@intentmedia.co.uk or call +44 (0) 1992 535 647.