Friday, May 31, 2019

Maclean's, Toronto Life and Hazlitt major Magawards medalists

The 42nd annual National Magazine awards were produced and presented Friday evening by the National Media Awards Foundation* at the Arcadian Court in Toronto. Among the highlights:
Top winning magazines

Toronto Life
Cottage Life


Nouveau Projet
The Walrus
The New Quarterly

  • Linda Spalding an acclaimed writer and longtime editor of the literary journal Brick was presented with the 2019 Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement.
  • Mathieu Lachapelle of Dînette Magazine captured three awards for his photography work, winning Silver for Portrait Photography and winning both Gold and Silver in Lifestyle Photography.
  • Anthony Oliveira is a 2019 two-time Gold winner in Long Form Feature Writing and Essay, for his piece “Death in the Village” published in Hazlitt.
  • The Walrus swept the Illustration (including spot and photo illustration) category: “The End of an Empire” by Sébastien Thibault won silver, while “Bad Code” by Cristian Fowlie took Gold.
  • Best Magazine: News, Business, General Interest
    • GOLD: Nouveau Projet; HONOURABLE MENTION: The Walrus, Toronto Life
  • Best Magazine: Special Interest 
    • GOLD: Up Here Magazine; HONOURABLE MENTION: Fete Chinoise, U of T Medicine
  • Best Magazine: Service & Lifestyle
    • GOLD: Cottage Life; HONOURABLE MENTION: Elle Canada, FASHION Magazine
  • Best Magazine: Art, Literary, & Culture
    • GOLD: Esse arts + opinion; HONOURABLE MENTION: Canadian Art, The Site Magazine
  • Publisher Grand Prix award recognizes a publisher whose brand best delivers on their editorial mandate through numerous platforms. From the three nominees—Canadian Geographic, Inuit Art Quarterly, and Toronto Life—Ken Hunt publisher of Toronto Life received gold. In their discussion, the jury put it thusly:  if you live in Toronto, you know Toronto Life, and as Toronto is growing, Toronto Life is growing with it.
  • Editor Grand Prix award is given for a senior-level editor who demonstrated a high degree of excellence, making an outstanding impact on their magazine. Alison Uncles of Maclean’s was the proud recipient of this year’s award.
  • Best New Magazine Writer was awarded to Max Binks-Collier for “Distant Relatives,” published in Maisonneuve. The jury had this to say of Max’s work: ““Distant Relatives” is a suspenseful, in-depth exploration of medical malpractice and the institutional complicity that allowed it to happen. With his thoughtful interviews and extensive historical research, Binks-Collier pulls readers in and keeps them hooked all the way through.”
To see a complete list of winners in all categories, please visit

*A charitable foundation, the NMAF’s mandate is to recognize, support and promote excellence in content creation of Canadian print and digital publications through annual programs of awards and national publicity efforts. The Foundation produces three distinct and bilingual award programs: the National Magazine A,wards the Digital Publishing Awards, and the National Magazine Awards: B2B.

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Winners announced for National Magazine Awards: B2B

  • Pivot, CPA Canada won the prestigious Best Magazine award, including 5 other gold awards. Writer Luc Rinaldi of Pivot, CPA Canada is a two-time Gold winner in the categories of Best Profile of a Company (for “Boy Wonder”) and Best Profile of a Person (for “The Decider”). 
  • Les Affaires (TC Media) was the recipient of the inaugural Best Publisher award. 
The National Magazine Awards: B2B were produced by the National Media Awards Foundation and the winners across 18 awards categories were announced at a luncheon this week. (The new format replaces the longtime KRWs (Kenneth R. Wilson Awards) for trade and B2B publishing. This was one of three awards programs produced by the NMAs this week, including the Digital Publishing Awards and the National Magazine Awards.)

For all gold and silver winners and runners up

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Sports Illustrated sold for $110 million to Authentic Brands Group

Sports Illustrated magazine, which Meredith Corp. bought as part of a deal with Time Inc.last year, has been sold for $110 million to Authentic Brands Group. This according to a story reported by AP.

While ownership will change hands,  Meredith will continue publishing the print edition and website under a licensing deal that lasts for the next two years.
Among other things, Authentic handles Frye and Tretorn brands and parts of the Muhammad Ali and Elvis Presley estates.
Sports Illustrated began publishing in 1954 and covers a wide range of sports as well as an annual swimsuit edition. Authentic says Sports Illustrated has an audience of more than 120 million people online and in print.

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