Friday, May 11, 2018

Coast to Coast newsstand distributor to be bought by Pattison's Comag group

Coast to Coast Newsstand Services Partnership (CTC) -- one of the best known distributors of Canadian and U.S. magazines in the Canadian market -- is to be bought by the Comag Marketing Group PLC, a Princeton, New Jersey-based retail magazine sales and marketing company effective January 1.  Comag is a subsidiary of The Jim Pattison Group of Vancouver, 
 “I’m disappointed that CTC will not be carrying on after January 1, 2019" [said Dan Shapiro, Managing Director of CTC a release published on] "but am gratified that our clients will continue to receive expert quality service through CMGC. Continuous sales declines throughout our entire eco system put the sustainability of CTC in jeopardy.”
Glenn Morgan, President of CTC, will continue in his role after the acquisition, 

Coast to Coast is a partnership between Rogers Communications and a group of major Canadian magazine wholesalers. Originally owned by Maclean-Hunter, primarily to distribute its own magazines, CTC was purchased by Rogers Media in 1994 and in 2000, a majority interest was sold to three industry veterans, Glenn Morgan, Frank Auddino, and Scott Bullock. In 2005, majority interest in the company was purchased by a consortium of the major periodical wholesalers in Canada. 

Comag Marketing Group LLC, a retail sales and marketing company, provides single copy sales strategies and supply chain solutions for magazines worldwide. The company serves mass market, direct-to-retail, and specialty market channels.  Comag Marketing Group LLC was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey. As of January 31, 2012, Comag Marketing Group LLC operates as a subsidiary of The Jim Pattison Group, Inc.

In 2013, Coast to Coast outsourced most of its back-office accounting to Comag to handle all billing and collection, print order and galley preparation as well as other administrative functions. 

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Programmatic buying comes to print

A new venture has been launched under the auspices of media auditing firm BPA Worldwide to allow for automatic buying of print media ads on behalf member publishers and to the benefit of their clients. 

In other words it allows for "offline" media buying, including print, e-letters, directory ads and other products in addition to the usual online digital ads. It expands the B2B Media Exchange which was earlier launched by BPAWW and is the result of a collaboration between BPA and Paris-based (See story presented in Publishing Executive.) 

Publishers are able to offer advertisers the entire buying process, including media insertion orders, terms and conditions -- in fact the entire menu of services to clients -- only expanded to include traditional print products. Similar automated services are being offered in Europe at Lagardere (Elle, Paris Match, etc.), Group Marie Claire (Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan), Mondadori (Grazia, Auto Plus), as well as Le Monde and Les Echos.

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Sunday, May 06, 2018

COPA awards announce categories for 10th anniversary year

The Canadian Online Publishing Awards (COPAs) has announced the categories for its 10th anniversary  -- 20 categories in each division with 15 categories each, with the exception of students/schools, which has five (see below; click on each item to enlarge)

Call for Entries opens May 14; June 15 - Early Bird Deadline;July 13 - Entry Deadline

In celebration of the10th Anniversary the COPAs are rolling back the entries fees to when they first started. The entry fee this year is $95 down from $115 and the early bird is $75 down from $95. All independent publishers pay only $75. Schools get one free entry.

Friday, May 04, 2018

TVA Q1 results in magazine division are positive as result of cost-cutting

Though there was a decline in operating revenues in the magazine division of TVA Group Inc. it has been able to have good, though modest,adjusted operating income of $875,000 , a variance of $491,000 primarily as a result of savings in staff and expense lines implemented in 2017 and the first quarter of 2018.

France Lauzière, President and CEO of TVA Group said
"Although the decline in our Magazines segment's operating revenues continued in the first quarter of 2018, we were able to improve the segment's financial results by continuing our efforts to cut operating expenses and focusing on our strongest brands. According to the latest Vividata survey, we are reaching 9.1 million readers in Canada across all platforms. Our English‑language titles have 6.7 million readers and our French‑language titles 2.9 million".
Over all, TVA Group Inc. recorded a net loss of $5 million or $0.12 a share in the first quarter, compared to a lost of $8 million or $0.19 a share in the comparable period in 2017. TVA Group Inc., a subsidiary of Quebecor Media Inc., is a communications company engaged in the broadcasting, film and audiovisual production, and magazine publishing industries. TVA Group Inc. is North America's largest broadcaster of French‑language entertainment, information and public affairs programming and one of the largest private‑sector producers of French‑language content. It is also the largest publisher of French‑language magazines and publishes some of the most popular English‑language titles in Canada. The Corporation's Class B shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol TVA.B. 


Thursday, May 03, 2018

St. Joseph buys beer event and will expand Toronto Beer Guide

St. Joseph Media has acquired the ownership of the 9-day Toronto Beer Week event. A posting on Canadian Beer News says St. Joseph will be expanding an existing annual program publication into the Toronto Beer Guide “a year-round magazine-style publication that includes relevant, evergreen content in addition to being a companion to the event.” 
year-round . 

The beer week festival will hold its 9th annual edition on September 14th to 22nd, 2018. The event was founded in 2010 by a group of local beer fans and has grown to include a variety of beer-themed events: pub crawls, beer dinners, tap takeovers, meet the brewers sessions, beer releases and associated food and cheese pairings. 


Mag world view: Glamour staffs up; NS "major" online expansion; Google, what's up?; "True-life" mag for over-40 women; Pricey paywall

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Mag awards finalists announced: Leading the pack L’actualité, The Walrus and Report on Business

The finalists for this year's National Magazine Awards have been announced by the National Media Awards Foundation. 197 Canadian magazine, in English and French, print and digital, submitted the work of more than 2,000 writers, editors, photographers, iullustrators, art directors and other creators. The winners will be announced at the Magawards gala on June 1 at the Arcadian Court in Toronto.
Joyce Byrne

Joyce Byrne is this year's recipient of the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement, recognizing her career excellence and leadership in Canadian magazines. She is the current president of the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association and recent president of the National Media Awards Foundation. She is group publisher at Red Point Media and publisher of Avenue Calgary.  To read Joyce’s complete bio, visit

Nominated by 150 volunteer judges were a total of 208 submissions from 81 different Canadian magazines for awards in 29 written and visual, editorial and best magazine categories. 

This year, for the first time, awards for best magazines will be presented to publications in six divisions and from the category winners will be selected "best in show" to receive the Magazine Grand Prix.

General Interest Magazines 
  • L’actualité 
  • Nouveau Projet 
  • Report on Business
Service Magazines 
  • Best Health 
  • Rotman Magazine 
  • Today’s Parent 
Lifestyle Magazines
  • Chatelaine 
  • Explore 
  • Ricardo 
Fashion & Beauty Magazines 
  • ELLE Canada 
  • FASHION Magazine 
  • S/magazine 
Art & Literary Magazines 
  • Brick
  • Inuit Art Quarterly 
  • The Site Magazine 
Special Interest Magazines 
  • Azure
  • Hayo 
  • Planète F
Read more »

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Atlantic Journalism Awards -- magazines win 5 gold and 10 silver

The winners of the the Atlantic Journalism Awards (AJAs) were presented Saturday in Halifax, including the magazine-related categories below (the AJAs cover a variety of media, including newspapers, television, photojouralism, radio, editorial cartooning.) 
Atlantic Magazine Article 
Gold: Tom Cheney/Nick Hawkins - Atlantic Salmon Journal - Chamcook, NB - "Sons of the river"
Silver finalists
  • Deborah Carr - Saltscapes - Bedford, NS -"Lighthouse Keeper's daughters"
  • Sarah Sawler - Halifax Magazine - Halifax, NS -"Choose your own Halifax disaster"
  • Stephen Kimber - Atlantic Business Magazine - St. John's, NL - "Growth op"
Atlantic Magazine Best Cover
 Gold: At Home on the North Shore - Pictou -Spring 2017: "Strait Up"
Silver finalists
  • Atlantic Books Today - Halifax, NS - Spring 2017: "150? Canada's sticky, messy history"
  • Atlantic Salmon Journal - Chamcook, NB - Winter 2017: "River life - Falls Brook Falls"
  • Saltscapes - Bedford, NS - "Spring 2017: Travel issue cover"
Atlantic Magazine: Best Profile Article 
Gold:  Janet Wallace - Saltscapes - Bedford, NS - Free Range.
Silver finalists:
  • Jennifer Hatt - At Home on the North Shore - Pictou, NS - "At home with…"Thomas Steinhart.
  • Stephen Kimber - Atlantic Business Magazine - St. John's, NL - "Confessions of a real life ad man"
Feature Writing: Print
Gold: Chelsea Murray - The Deep - Halifax, NS - "How not to die"
Business Reporting Any Medium
Gold: Karen Pinchin - The Deep - Halifax, NS - "Catch and release"
Commentary: Any Medium
Silver finalist: Stephen Kimber - Atlantic Business Magazine - St. John's, NL - "Pushing for a human economy"
Photojournalism Portrait/Feature 
Silver finalist: Scott Munn - The Deep Halifax, NS - "They call it Syria town" 


Thursday, April 26, 2018

Digital Publishing Awards nominees named

The nominees have been announced for the 3rd annual Digital Publishing Awards, recognizing excellence in the content and creation of Canadian digital publications. This year, 79 Canadian digital publications entered the DPAs, submitting entries for consideration in 23 awards categories. The top overall prize—General Excellence in Digital Publishing—will be presented in three divisions, for small, medium and large publications.
"We are extremely proud to present the third annual Digital Publishing Awards. The work of the creators and publishers nominated this year speaks to the astounding quality of digital journalism produced here in Canada. To celebrate these innovative, hard working individuals on a national stage and beyond is a true privilege," said NMAF President Nino Di Cara.
Gold, silver and honourable mention awards will be presented at the Digital Publishing Awards soirée on May 29th at One King West in Toronto, hosted by Adrian Lee, the opinions editor for Maclean's. Gold winners in most categories include a $500 cash prize. Tickets are on sale at
The nominees for general exellence are:
Small publication
Medium publication
Large publication


Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Rogers and Henry's to launch new magazine for photo enthusiasts

Rogers Media and its NEXT Content Studio has partnered with Henry's Camera Store, theCanadian camera chain, to launch The Lens, a new national photo and video magazine for photography enthusiasts. It is aimed at photographers, videographers, cinematographers and other content creators, from hopeful beginners to seasoned pros. 

The magazine which is to be released May 15, will be available free in all Henry's locations and distributed via Canada Post to select communities across Canada, with a total controlled circulation of 120,000.
"The Lens is a way for Henry's to share our passion for photography, video and content creation with our customers in an exciting new way," said Jeff Tate, vice president marketing and eCommerce at Henry's. "For more than 100 years, we've prided ourselves on delivering an exceptional customer experience and being part of the creative community. Now, with the help of Rogers Media, The Lens will bring our customers even more information and inspiration, shining a spotlight on Canada's finest content creators." 
 Each issue will have a themed contest for readers and Henry's staff with the theme "Reflection," The Lens Contest challenges readers – as well as Henry's staffers – to submit their creative/unique images for the chance to be published in the next issue. The overall winner from all eligible submissions will also be awarded a Henry's gift card.
The debut issue features award-winning Canadian photographer Chris Gordaneer, Toronto photographer and social influencer “Soteeoh,” as well as well as a variety of other industry experts.

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Monday, April 23, 2018

MagNet conference is on Wednesday and Thursday

MagNet, North America's largest gathering by and about magazines,is on Wednesday and Thursday in Toronto at the Courtyard Toronto Downtown, topped off with a full-day summit for arts and literary magazine publishing on Thursday. There's still time to register.

Keynote speakers include 
  • David Leonard, the director of events at The Walrus 
  • Sheila Sampath, editorial and art director at Shameless magazine
  • James Hewes, president and CEO, FIPP
  • Plus several dozen sessions, panels and speakers on advertising, circulation, design and production, digital publishing, editorial, managemement, public policy and various global intensives
  • Plus various presentations including volunteer of the year awards which are presented Wednesday during a reception 4:30 - 6:30 (this year's national award is to Lisa Whittington-Hill, publisher of This Magazine. Regional awards are presented to Joanne Rajotte, MagsBC volunteer of the year; Allan Lacey, Alberta Magazine Publishers Association volunteer of the year; Craig Sweetman, Magazines Ontario volunteer of the year; Michel Nivischiuk, Magazines du Quebec volunteer of the year.)