Folio: Wire | 3.01.07
Harper’s BAZAAR Taps Dubai
Copies of the launch issue of Harper’s BAZAAR Dubai hit newsstands in the Middle Eastern nation today. The Hearst fashion title extension will have a circulation of 15,000 and will reach the countries of The United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar and Oman. In association with ITP Consumer Publishing and Hearst Magazines International, the magazine will target the significant number of affluent women in the region interested in fashion and will be published in English.
ITP, which already publishes Middle East editions of Paris’s L’Officiel and Milan’s Grazia, has hired former Grazia editor Rachel Sharp, to serve as the new publication’s editor-in-chief. The 176-page magazine is the largest in ITP’s 20 years in publishing and includes a number of international luxury brand advertisers including Burberry, Chanel and Ralph Lauren.
Penton Redesigns Mobile Radio Technology Site
Mobile Radio Technology magazine redesigned its Web site, http://www.MRTmag.com. The new site features easier navigation and expanded content that complements the print edition. Features include a topic-specific categories called "one-stops" on the site’s navigation bar. Advertising real estate has also expanded with new areas for banners and targeted sponsorships of the one-stop categories.
ALM Real Estate Division Launches Real Estate Florida Supplement
ALM’s Real Estate Media Division has launched a new publication called Real Estate Florida, which will be distributed as a special supplement to the June and November issues of Real Estate Forum magazine. Rosanne Versaggi, former publisher of a number of Florida-based editions of Black Guides, will come on board as associate publisher of the glossy four color magazine.
The Progressive Farmer Launches Commercial Edition
Birmingham, Alabama-based The Progressive Farmer magazine has launched a commercial edition set to debut in April. The new edition will feature an expanded business section with new design elements, columnists and in-depth articles targeting commercial farmers. The publication will have a circulation of 190,000 subscribers.
MPA Recognizes the Best in Digital Media
The Magazine Publishers of America Tuesday recognized the winners of its first-ever digital awards during the association’s "Magazine’s 24/7" digital conference at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York.
Awards were given out in 11 categories including best online video or video series, best podcast or podcast series, best mobile strategy and best online community. Web site of the year awards were given out in five sub-categories including business/news, fashion, entertainment/celebrity, sports/enthusiast and service/lifestyle.
For a complete list of the winners, click here.
CanWest Buys The New Republic
The New Republic editor Martin Peretz, who has been a part owner of the magazine, has sold his share to CanWest Global Communications Corp., Canada’s biggest media company. He will remain editor-in-chief, The New York Times and other media outlets reported Wednesday. MORE
TNS Media Intelligence Buys Cymfony
TNS Media Intelligence has acquired Cymfony, a company specializing in traditional and social media research and analysis. The Jordan, Edmiston Group represented Cymfony in the transaction. The terms were not disclosed.
TNS Media provides advertising-related research to advertisers, advertising agency and the media. The acquisition integrates Cymfony’s tracking and analysis of traditional media and social media networks and blogs with TNS Media’s suite of advertising and media intelligence products, according to a statement from Cymfony.
Rodale Acquires Running Times
Rodale Inc., publisher of Prevention, Runner’s World and other health and fitness related titles, has purchased Wilton, Connecticut-based Running Times and its Web site, Runningtimes.com. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Running Times was founded in 1997 and has a rate base of 105,000 and a readership of more than 400,000. The magazine’s ad revenue increased 38 percent and pages were up 24 percent in 2006, Rodale said in a statement. Its circulation has increased 117 percent since 1998. Running Times will continue to under its current editor-in-chief Jonathan Beverly.
Rodale plans to continue operating Running Times and its Web site separate of Runner’s World, but plans to combine their respective databases of race events to provide a single source to racers, Rodale added.
Haymarket Media Acquires DMNews
Haymarket Media has acquired DMNews from Courtenay Corp. for an undisclosed price. The acquisition includes the 50,000-circ DMNews print edition and Web site, the DM News Essential Guide series, six e-mail newsletters including DMNews-iMarketing News Daily, DM News Hot List of the Day, DM News Whitepaper of the Day and three weeklies with circulations of more than 35,000.
The transaction also includes the rights to iMarketing News, a magazine printed from 1999 to 2002. Haymarket publishes PRWeek and Medical Marketing & Media, as well as other custom, consumer and business publications in both the U.S. and U.K. Both Haymarket and Courtenay are based in New York. The Jordan, Edmiston Group represented Courtenay in the transaction.