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n SANOMA is to sell three of its Dutch

titles - Nieuwe Revu, Panorama and Playboy, to Pijper Media, which is also taking on 23 staff. The transaction is subject to “positive advice from unions and the Works Council”.

n The central advertising marketer

of Hubert Burda Media,

BURDA COMMUNITY NETWORK (BCN), has gained Hearst Magazines International as a new client. BCN is responsible for the print and online marketing of the global Hearst magazine portfolio in Germany, which includes brands such as Harper’s Bazaar, Esquire, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire and Town & Country. On behalf of Hearst Magazines International, the cooperation runs operationally between BCN and Hearst Advertising Worldwide Italy.

n An affiliate of private equity firm, Sun European Partners, has acquired UK content

marketing agency, RIVER GROUP. The

company says it will form a new partnership in the magazine and content sector with The Polestar Group, where the firms will remain independent but work closely together on retail and brand projects.

n SANOMA MEDIA FINLAND is selling the magazines Glorian Antiikki, V8-Magazine,

GTi-Magazine and Pelit to Fokus Media Finland. The sale is part of Sanoma’s strategy to focus on serving Finnish women, families and the 55+ target group through multi-channel media content and services. The sold titles will transfer to Fokus Media Finland in September.

n New independent publishing company,

ICEBERG PRESS, has acquired Future’s women’s lifestyle brand, The Simple Things. The Simple Things was launched in September 2012, and will be Iceberg Press’ first magazine brand. The magazine also has two licensed editions in Germany and France.

BAUER LAUNCHES DIGITAL BUSINESS FUND Bauer Media has established the Bauer Venture Partners fund and will invest over the next ten

years in digital business models across Europe. Andreas Schoo, member of the executive board of the Bauer Media Group, hopes the fund will give them access to “new technologies, teams and innovations in the digital field.” Bauer have partnered with Thomas Preuss, previously of German early-stage VC firm Neuhaus Partners, who will act as managing partner for Bauer Venture Partners.

Moving on

n FUTURE has appointed RICHARD HALEY as its new CFO and company secretary, effective from October.

Haley is currently finance director for Tesco Extras UK, and was previously group financial controller for Tesco. Zillah Byng-Maddick, CEO of Future, said: “Richard brings a wealth of experience within the retail sector,

which is of enormous value to us.” Haley said: “I am excited to be joining Future at such an important time in the company’s history.”

n MARC SONDERMANN will be the new managing director of EDIZIONI ECOMARKET, the Italian

subsidiary of dfv media group. Sondermann takes his post in September, and succeeds Cornelia G. Haßmüller, who has been at the helm for 15 years. From 2010-12, Sondermann was a correspondent for TextilWirtschaft and is currently director of ecommerce at Italian textile manufacturer Lanificio Colombo and managing director at Europolitan.

n Marcus Rich, CEO of IPC MEDIA has announced a restructure that removes

the business divisions of Connect, Inspire and Southbank, and unites the business as ‘one IPC’. Rich said: “IPC has powerful brands with unparalleled reach and engagement, and the most talented people in the industry. These are assets that I am excited by because they provide us with the strongest possible foundation for growth. One IPC describes an approach to how we manage our brands and our business.”

n SANOMA is to sell 19 of its Dutch titles, including Home and Garden, Seasons, Motor

and Procycling to NEW SKOOL MEDIA. In October 2013, Sanoma announced a restructure in the Netherlands, consisting of a “magazine portfolio rationalisation”. The company will focus on 17 magazine brands and their extensions, growing them within digital media, ecommerce and events.

n Image recognition platform BLIPPAR has acquired augmented reality company,

Layar. Layar will be 100 per cent owned by Blippar, but will continue to maintain its consumer and B2B contracts.


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