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.

 

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.
 

Develop honours top games studios at 2013 Award ceremony

Eighteen different companies claimed key accolades at the Develop Industry Excellence Awards, held in Brighton this week.

Winners hailed from across Europe – and indeed around the world as the Development Legend was handed to the co-founders of Epic Games. 

Supercell, the Finnish studio responsible for multi-million-dollars-a-day iOS cash cow Clash of Clans was the only company to take two of the peer-voted prizes home, for New IP and then the nod for Independent studio.

Epic Games’s Unreal Engine took the Engine prize voted for by developers while the Legend prize, chosen by the Develop team, was handed to leaders Tim Sweeney and Mark Rein.

Elsewhere the majority of the awards went to UK studios after a strong year for games businesses in all forms – independent, online/social, mobile and console – with wins for Peter Molyneux’s 22 Cans, Sony London Studio, Fireproof Games and Boss Alien. Plus Candy Crush Saga firm King was honoured for Business Development.  

Two projects that used crowdfunding won top prizes too: Thomas Was alone (Use of Narrative) and Oculus Rift (Technical Innovation). Kickstarter itself was awarded Publishing Hero.

 The full list of winners can be found below.

 

DEVELOP AWARDS: THE WINNERS

NEW IP

Clash of Clans – Supercell

 

USE OF A LICENCE OR IP

Angry Birds Star Wars – Rovio

 

VISUAL ARTS

Crysis 3 – Crytek

 

AUDIO ACCOMPLISHMENT 

Wonderbook: Book of Spells – London Studio

 

USE OF NARRATIVE

Thomas Was Alone – Mike Bithell (pictured above)

 

PUBLISHING HERO

Kickstarter UK 

 

ONLINE INNOVATION 

Curiosity – 22Cans

 

TECHNICAL INNOVATION 

Oculus Rift – Oculus VR

 

TOOLS PROVIDER

Unity Technologies

 

ENGINE 

Unreal Engine – Epic Games

 

SERVICES

Audiomotion

 

CREATIVE CONTRIBUTION – VISUALS

Realtime UK – Wargaming trailers

 

CREATIVE CONTRIBUTION – AUDIO

Side – Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

 

RECRUITER

Amiqus

 

MICRO STUDIO

Fireproof Games

 

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

King

 

INDEPENDENT STUDIO

Supercell

 

IN-HOUSE STUDIO

Boss Alien

 

NEW STUDIO

Playground Games

 

DEVELOPMENT LEGENDS

Tim Sweeney & Mark Rein, Epic Games

 

Event partners include Platinum Partners Crytek, Deep Silver and Microsoft, Gold Partners Testronic, Amiqus, UKIE, Perforce Software, Sumo Digital and Pitbull Studio, Drinks Reception Partner NaturalMotion Games, Table Gift Partner OPM Recruitment, Event Partners Nova Scotia Business Inc and Playmob, and Award Partner ARM.

Installation launches new Showcase conference event

Installation is proud to present a new concept in case study-led conferences for the installed AV market. Installation Showcase makes its debut on 5 November 2013 at BAFTA on London’s Piccadilly.

Installation Showcase is a new kind of conference event for the AV industry. It is based around case study presentations in a particular market sector, which is different every time the event takes place. After all the presentations – given by integrators, consultants or clients – are completed, the audience members have their say by voting for the project that they feel scores highest on innovation, value for money and wow factor. The winning projects receive awards.

The first Installation Showcase is devoted to entertainment venues – such as stadia, arenas, theatres, auditoria, concert halls and cinemas. Questions likely to be addressed include:

• How do you ensure that venues are suitably equipped for multi-purpose use?
• How are the audio and video networking decisions arrived at?
• How is futureproofing achieved?

In addition to the case studies, panel discussions will provide an opportunity to discuss and debate some of the wider issues affecting AV integration projects.

“Installation Showcase provides a great opportunity to explore the detail of integration projects in key sectors,” said Paddy Baker, Editor of Installation. “The voting format introduces a competitive element which provides an element of fun, but should also keep the presenters on their toes.”

We’ll have more details of the programme for Installation Showcase: Entertainment during the coming weeks. There’s also a dedicated website for the event, which will be updated over the coming weeks.

Various sponsorship opportunities are available – please contact Ian Graham or Les Wood on +44 (0)20 7354 6000.

www.installationshowcase.com

New face for MI Pro

MI Pro has a new member of its editorial team, with former Audio Pro International editor Daniel Gumble joining.

Previously editor of Mobile Entertainment, Gumble replaces Jory Mackay who, after a nine-month stint as staff writer is moving to Intent Media’s London office as deputy editor on sister mag, Audio Media.

MI Pro managing editor, Ronnie Dungan, commented: “Whilst I’m sorry to lose Jory, who did a fantastic job in his short stint on the mag, in Dan I now have a deputy editor who has the skills and experience to make it a seamless transition and continue to improve the product both in print and online.”