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Paris Match Wins Censorship Fight

Posted by Scott On July - 14 - 2017

news_green-125x125A French court denied a bid by a Paris prosecutor who called for Paris Match magazine to be removed from sale on newsstands.  At issue: images from the terrorist attack in Nice, on the one-year anniversary of the Bastille Day massacre.  Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, 31, drove a rented truck into a crowd of people as they watched a fireworks display late on July 14th, 2016, killing 86 people.  More than 300 people were injured in the brutal attack.

A French journalist’s union, SNJ,  condemned the prosecutor’s request, warning that it was a curb on press freedom.

Managing Editor Olivier Royant said the magazine “aims to fight tooth and nail for the right of citizens, and first and foremost of victims, to know exactly what happened during the attack”.

A group representing the families of victims had complained that the magazine was being insensitive for “morbid sensationalism.”

The judge did ban the future publication of two particular images either in print or in digital forms.

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Metro News Re-Brands: METRO 360

Posted by Scott On July - 4 - 2017

news_green-125x125Metro News, one of Canada’s oldest, and largest magazine distributors, has announced a new corporate indentity…METRO 360.

The new branding is designed to reflect the forward-thinking strategic direction of the company, as it grows its business into the future.

In a Press Release, CEO Daniel Shapiro says:

“While magazine and book distribution will remain a crucial component of our portfolio, METRO 360 is looking toward the future, seeking our large packaged goods manufacturers to represent throughout Canada. We are also actively investing in consumer friendly packaged good companies, applying our core skill set to quickly scale the business.”

Barry Weir, VP and Chief Operating Officer, points out that METRO 360 is already handling a number of products, such as Dream Water and Handfuel. Asked if this might result in new business opportunties for magazines, the answer was a firm yes. “These organic trail mix products expand our network of retailers, and may lead to opportunties for magazines that cover healthy food and healthy living and other niche magazines.”

Glenn Morgan, CEO of Coast to Coast echoes that thinking. ” It certainly makes sense from the standpoint of bolstering their core business of magazine and book distribution. And it positions them for finding new and exciting retail environments for magazines.”

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Fake Cover

Posted by Scott On June - 28 - 2017

news_green-125x125The Washington Post broke the story that a “Fake” Time Magazine cover, featuring Donald Trump, adorns the walls of a number of Trump golf clubs.  Time Magazine has requested that they be taken down. The cover is dated March 1, 2009.  Problem: there was no March 1, 2009, issue of Time magazine. And there was no issue at all in 2009 that had Trump on the cover.

It is not clear who created this fake Time cover — or why, according the Washington Post.  But what is clear is that the President likes covers of magazines, as long as they are flattering, even if they are fake.

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Pioneer Woman…launch success!

Posted by Scott On June - 21 - 2017

news_green-125x125Pioneer Woman, a new magazine launched by Hearst and Scripps Networks Interactive, has apparently 100% sold out, and is going back to press to print another 100,000 copies, according to Ad Week.

The first issue was published on June 6th, 2017, with the next issue scheduled to go on sale in September of 2017.

The magazine was launched exclusively in Wal Mart…4000 stores in the USA.

Ad Week’s article said:

“Drummond’s blog, which launched in 2006, became a lifestyle phenomenon with millions of fans. Her Food Network show premiered in 2011. In addition to her multiple New York Times best-selling cookbooks, Drummond also has a line of cookware, dinnerware and home products available at Walmart. Drummond’s products are also sold at her own store, The Mercantile, in Pawhuska, Okla., an hour north of Tulsa.”

The cover features Ree Drummond, star of The Pioneer Woman on Food Network.

Fantastic to see a new magazine take off like this one has!

 

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RollingStone Pays Out Fraternity

Posted by Scott On June - 15 - 2017

news_green-125x125Rollingstone magazine has reached a settlement deal with the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at the University of Virginia in the amount of $1.65 million dollars.   The law suit stemmed from the now infamous “fake news” story back in November of 2014 entitled “A Rape on Campus.”  The fraternity had sought $25 million.  This settlement is in addition to the $3 million dollars awarded to Nicole Eramo, a University of Virginia administrator, who was defamed by the article.  Plus, there is still an appeal pending by three individual members of the fraternity who are also seeking millions in damages to their reputations.

In a gesture of good will, it is reported that the  fraternity plans to donate “a significant portion” of the settlement to groups that offer sexual assault awareness education, prevention training and victim counseling services on college campuses.

The magazine chose to fight these lawsuits for years, despite the story being completely debunked by a Columbia Journalism School report.

The legal costs of defending the various lawsuits, and the settlement costs, may have contributed to Wenner Media selling a 49% stake in the iconic American brand to BandLab Technologies, a Singapore-based music company back in September of 2016, and US Weekly to the National Enquirer in March of 2017.

If only they had hired a good fact checker.  Or simply admitted their mistake and apologized right away.

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How Do You Compare?

Posted by Scott On June - 9 - 2017

news_green-125x125The first quarter 2017 results are in from MagNet (the US based Data Clearinghouse).

They report that newsstand unit sales in Canada were down 12.6%.  In the USA sales were down 13.5%.

Sell-Thru Efficiency in Canada was 28.7%, compared to 31.2% last year.  In the USA Sell-Thru was just 23.8%, compared to 26.2%.

Part of the decline can be attributed to the fact that draws have been cut in both Canada and the USA. In Canada, draws were cut by 5%, while in the USA draws were cut by 4.9%.  This “culture of cutting” used to be frowned upon.  “Cut the draw = Cut the sale” was the rule of thumb.

Thanks to SIP’s and other cover price hikes, revenues were not down as much as units were, with Canada posting a decline of 6.3% and the USA down 9.2%.

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11 Year Old Reader Designs Cover of OWL

Posted by Scott On June - 1 - 2017

news_green-125x125In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, OWL Magazine launched a national cover contest inviting kids, ages 8 – 14, from across the country to submit artwork that best depicted what they thought was “cool” about Canada. The contest ran from February 18 – March 31, 2017 and the winning artwork was submitted by 11-year old, Abigail DiBiase, from Wasaga Beach, Ontario.

The grand prize winner will receive an Acer tablet, an Owlkids Books prize pack and their artwork will be featured as the cover of OWL’s June 2017 issue, hitting newsstands across Canada on June 5, 2017.

“We were overwhelmed by the response from our readers. We received over 400 entries and the quality of the artwork was incredible,” shares Kendra Brown, Editor, OWL Magazine. “Kids were excited to share with us, through their art, what they loved about Canada, and I was so impressed by both the creativity and thoughtfulness of their submissions.”

Judges noticed a recurring theme in many of the entries: the importance of diversity and unity. The winning entry was voted as the best visual representation of this shared sentiment. “The idea of inclusion, openness and acceptance was a common element expressed through the art of many OWL readers,” adds Brown.  “Now, more than ever, it is especially reassuring to see such a hopeful and positive message being shared by this younger generation. We are thrilled to be celebrating this attitude by featuring Abigail’s artwork on our June 2017 issue.”

“I love the magazine and had a lot of fun working on my cover,” shares DiBiase. “My artwork shows that Canada is full of so many different people and I think it’s really cool that we all live together in a happy way.”

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Ingram Sold to NewsGroup

Posted by Scott On May - 4 - 2017

news_green-125x125In a major announcement yesterday, TNG announced the acquisition of Ingram‘s magazine sales and distribution business effective May 1st, 2017.

In a quote from the press release TNG President David Perry said, “Ingram is a well-respected organization servicing the needs of its clients.  Their magazine delivery methodology is considerably different that TNG;s current model and this acquistion will position our company to meet the service needs of an ever-changing market place.”

He goes on to say, “TNG’s long term commitment to quality service for the periodical business, has led us to making this important acquisition that will lead to a more sustainable periodical delivery model for years to come.”

TNG is North America’s largest supplier of periodicals with over 100 years of experience in the industry.  It operates in all 50 states in the USA and in Canada.  TNG is a proud member of The Jim Pattison Group.  For more information go to:  www.tng.com

Many magazine products from overseas use Ingram to gain access to Barnes & Noble stores, and other specialty retail accounts.  Some Canadian magazines, who only want a targeted distribution to book stores use Ingram too.

For now, it will be business as usual.  With scanned data from Barnes & Noble still being made available. Terms remain the same for now.  It is hoped by many circulation professionals that competitive sales data may be made available to MagNet and to Publishers in the near futures, to assist in seeking out growth opportunities.

Congratulations to TNG.

If you have any questions, contact your National Distributor.

 

2017 CMC Winners

Posted by Scott On April - 28 - 2017

news_green-125x125At Magazines Canada‘s 2017 MagNet Conference on Wednesday, the CMC handed out their annual awards for circulation excellence.

This year’s winners are:

Vendor of the Year was awarded to two worthy industry names:   Colleen Moloney (CM Group) and Mark Wade (Interprovincial Printing).

Lifetime Achievement:  Tom Worsley, who has enjoyed a distinguished career in newsstand marketing.

Audience Development:  Canada’s History.  One of many reasons:  2 of 6 issues smashed sales records, with single copy revenue up 10.3%).e of many reasons, two issues smashed newsstand sales records, with single copy revenue up 10.3%

Magazine of The Year:  Canadian Woodworking. (One of many reasons: their newsstand sales were up 49% in 2016).

Congratulations to this year’s winners!

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First Lady Wins $3 Million Judgement

Posted by Scott On April - 13 - 2017

news_green-125x125According to VanityFair.com , Melania Trump has won a $3 million dollar judgement (and an apology) from the Daily Mail.  “It’s far less than the $150 million Trump’s initial suit demanded, but still extraordinary that a First Lady earned a public retraction and payout from a media organization,”according to the post.

The judgement was handed down in London’s High Court.

The trouble was that the Daily Mail suggested that Melania Trump was a professional escort, or to be more blunt, was saying she was a hooker.

“We accept that these allegations about Mrs. Trump are not true and we retract and withdraw them. We apologize to Mrs. Trump for any distress that our publication caused her. To settle Mrs Trump’s two lawsuits against us, we have agreed to pay her damages and costs,”said a press release.

Like the Rolling Stone case/fake news Campus Rape Story (in my previous post) it certainly would have been a lot less expensive to simply hire a good fact checker.

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