UPDATE: Active Interest Media Buys Nine Equine Magazines, Seven Web Sites
Enthusiast publisher to create Equine Network.
Enthusiast publisher Active Interest Media has acquired several equine-related magazines and Web sites from Source Interlink Media and from Louisville, Colorado-based Horse Media Group. Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.
From Source Interlink, AIM acquired EQUUS, Horse & Rider, Practical Horseman, Dressage Today, Arabian Horse World, Discover Horses and EquiManagement print magazines. Sourceâs online properties included in the deal are Equisearch.com, Equine.com, HorseBooksEtc.com and DiscoverHorses.com.
From the Horse Media Group, AIM purchased Spin to Win Rodeo and Trail Rider magazines as well as MyHorse.com, HitchUpMagazine.com and HorselinkMagazine.com. Horse Media is a partnership between Belvoir Media Group and Winsor Publishing.
According to AIM CEO Skip Zimbalist, the world of horses is âa quintessential enthusiast marketâ and matches the publisherâs strategy and capabilities.â Andy Clurman, AIMâs COO called the purchases a ârare opportunity to bring together two great publishing groups, their leading brands, and excellent teams to serve horse enthusiasts.â
AIM's American Cowboy magazine will now join the acquired equine properties under the newly-created Equine Network. Previously, American Cowboy was managed by AIMâs Western Living/Outdoor Groupâincluding Backpacker, National Parks Interactive and Specialty Newsâwhich now will be called the Outdoor Group.
UPDATE: In association with the acquisitions, AIM said Thursday that Horse Media Group president Tom Winsor will serve as general manager of the newly-created AIM Equine Network. Bill Garrels, publisher of American Cowboy, and David Andrick, associate publishing director of Source's former equine group, have been named group publishers for the network.
Jonathan Dorn, editor-in-chief of AIM's Backpacker, has been promoted to general manager of the company's Outdoor Group. Backpacker publisher Kent Ebersole was promoted to group publisher and production director Barbara Van Sickle was elevated to group production director.
Seperately, Black Belt publisher Cheryl Angelheart was promoted to group publisher of the Black Belt and Vitamin Shoppe Muscle & Performance brands.
An AIM spokesperson said the company will continue to publish all nine print magazines and to produce the online properties associated with the acquisitions. Some staff integration will take place as a result of the purchases, the spokesperson said.
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