Boston-based private equity firm Alta Communications has acquired a majority stake in Akron, Ohio-based aftermarket automotive industry publisher Babcox. Since its launch in 1996, Alta has invested approximately $1.5 billion in capital in over 100 communication and media companies.
Babcox publishes ten titles and two Web sites. Titles include Body Shop Business, Tire Review and Brake & Front End, with circulations ranging from 19,000 to 116,000.
Among Alta’s other publishing company assets are Davler Media Group and CDC Publishing.
American Express Introduces Travel + Leisure South Asia
Marking Travel + Leisure’s 17th international title, American Express Publishing has announced the launch of Travel + Leisure South Asia, set to debut in August. Published monthly by Media Transasia, based in New Delhi, Bangkok and Hong Kong, the magazine has an expected distribution of 80,000, to be offered in India and throughout the neighboring regions of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Maldives, Pakistan and Bhutan.
Computer Games Launches Spin-off MASSIVE Magazine
MASSIVE Magazine, the first title dedicated solely to massively multiplayer online (MMO) games, will be launched by Computer Games Magazine, a division of theglobe.com. The premiere issue will hit newsstands on September 19th for a three-month period and is expected to continue as a stand-alone quarterly beginning in January 2007. It will include news, features, previews and a free DVD incorporating MMO demos and games.
DoubleClick Inc. Acquires Falk eSolutions
German-based online ad delivery and marketing solutions company, Falk eSolutions has joined forces with DoubleClick Inc., a global provider of digital ad technology and services. The acquisition, to be finalized by March 31, will combine both companies’ management platforms. Thomas Falk, CEO of Falk, will assume the role of president of DoubleClick EMEA, under Ben Regensburger, president of DoubleClick International.
IDEAlliance Offers New Printing Approach to Members
IDEAlliance, along with AMP Printing in Dublin, CA, has created GRACoL 7 (G7), a new methodology printers can use to quickly and accurately replicate visual appearance on any press or proofing system.
G7 is the first specification designed to match the visual appearance of multiple devices by defining gray balance and neutral print density curves, instead of the traditional method of measuring TVI for each color. The system allows for separations or files generated for one printing method will look similar to files printed by another.
E-Book Systems Lauches Browser Flip Viewer
E-Book Systems, Inc. has launched FlipViewer Browser Version, a digital publication reader that allows users to read online publications within their browser, in a 3-D flipping format. FlipViewer enables online readers of magazines, catalogs, newspapers, newsletters and reports the option to flip pages rapidly, skim content and go directly to certain page numbers, as if browsing through a printed publication.