Media M&A largely disappeared in 2009, at least in the traditional consumer and b-to-b publishing markets. However, in the first half of 2010, media M&A has been surprisingly active. The Jordan, Edmiston Group says 445 transactions were announced through the first six months of the year, up 52 percent from 292 deals for the same time last year.
Articles by Caysey Welton
There’s a new attitude in magazine publishing: Cautious optimism. In recent months, the industry has seen some flashes of improvement. MPA’s Publishers Information Bureau reported that ad pages grew 0.8 percent in the second quarter.
Magazine publishers are scrambling to be on the iPad and why not? Wired saw 73,000 downloads in the first nine days after its iPad edition launched and editor-in-chief Chris Anderson anticipated iPad downloads beating newsstand sales (which average mid-80,000) in June without cannibalizing print sales.
Publishers debating whether their online content should be paid or free are asking the wrong question, according to Matt Mitchell, CEO of MediaPass, which offers a pay wall solution directed toward small- and medium-size publishers (as well as individual bloggers).
Incoming ABM president and CEO Clark Pettit faces some steep tasks representing an industry that had one of its worst performing years ever in 2009, all while undergoing a fundamental transition to the business model—a transformation in which no one has really figured out all the answers yet.
If the term “open source” has defined many online publishing efforts in recent years, “cloud computing” may dominate the next several years.
Most editorial operations are approaching the Web today with a mix of scientific process and search engine voodoo. At b-to-b publisher Questex Media,
IDG’s Macworld and PCWorld magazines have had digital editions for years but they’re just starting to realize the potential of the platform,
Hachette Filipacchi hired Kevin Martinez as vice president and brand publisher of ELLE. Martinez joins HFM U.S. from Harper's Bazaar, where he served as associate publisher. He received the "Mentor of the Year" award in 2008 from the Magazine Publishers Association.
Cygnus Business Media has stopped publishing weekly Printing News, a magazine that served the print and graphic communications industry. The move is effective immediately. Instead, the magazine's resources will be put toward fulfilling a new contract with the Graphic Arts Show Company to produce print and digital versions of the Graph Expo Show Daily, which is distributed at the show.