Mud & Obstacle Magazine Goes Digital to Expand Its Reach
VALENCIA, CA (October 27, 2014) — Mud & Obstacle magazine (mudandobstacle.com), the leading magazine for obstacle-racing coverage and industry
news, has expanded its reach in the market by launching a full-service website. The site offers its readers more in-depth
coverage on races, athlete profiles, training and nutrition, as well as video footage on the latest gear reviews,
behind-the-scenes photo shoots with athletes and more. This expansion will ensure that the obstacle-racing fan base has
access to the latest news and developments on their computers and digital devices.
Active Interest Media Announces Major Cross—Platform Relaunch of the Yoga Journal Brand Complete Print and Web Redesign Debuts with October Issue
Boulder, CO (September 9, 2014) — Active Interest Media (AIM; aimmedia.com) today announced a cross—platform relaunch of Yoga
Journal, the world’s leading yoga media brand (yogajournal.com). Beginning with the October issue (on sale September 16th),
the magazine and website debut a cleaner, more modern design, new departments, engaging graphics, and easy—to—navigate content,
all geared toward serving the needs and aspirations of today’s smart, sophisticated, and ever—more—diverse yoga practitioners.
Active Interest Media Announces Top-Level Leadership Changes
Kent Ebersole Named Vice President and General Manager of Outdoor Group; Jeff Tkach Named Group Publisher of Yoga Journal and Vegetarian Times
Boulder, CO (August 26, 2014) -- Active Interest Media (AIM, www.aimmedia.com) today announced several high-level changes to its leadership
team. Kent Ebersole, former Group Publisher of AIM’s Outdoor Group, is returning to the company as the Outdoor Group’s Vice President and
General Manager. He was most recently CEO of the Dirty Girl Mud Run event franchise.
Active Interest Media Promotes Patricia Fox to Executive Vice President of Operations
Boulder, CO (March 25, 2014) -- Active Interest Media (AIM, www.aimmedia.com) today announced that Patricia Fox, former Senior Vice
President and General Manager of AIM’s Healthy Living Group, was promoted to Executive Vice President of Operations. In her new position,
Fox will lead AIM’s consumer marketing and audience development, manufacturing and production, newsstand marketing and distribution,
international licensing, public relations, and research.
Active Interest Media releases new Newsstand app for its recently acquired Ski Magazine
In late April of this year Active Interest Media acquired two skiing magazines from Bonnier Corp. The magazines, SKI and Skiing had not faired well under
Bonnier’s ownership, with the circulation of Skiing, for instance, falling from over 400,000 to around 50K.
The two titles were actually returning to the same management team that once published them under the media company name of Mountain Sports Media.
AIM Hires Keith Cunningham as Detroit Sales Manager
Boulder, CO, September 9, 2013 – Active Interest Media today announced that Keith Cunningham has joined the company as
Detroit Sales Manager. Cunningham is AIM’s first sales team member with responsibility across all of AIM’S
groups and properties. AIM’s media groups include Marine, Healthy Living, Outdoor, Equine, and Home Buyer with a
combination of more than 45 special interest magazines, large scale consumer events, and multi-media.
Active Interest Media, Inc. Acquires Three Market-Leading Publications from Robert Kennedy Publishing
Boulder, Colorado (September 3, 2013) – Active Interest Media, Inc. (AIM) President and Chief Operating Officer Andy Clurman has announced that the company has
acquired three enthusiast publications from Robert Kennedy Publishing, adding to its growing portfolio of enthusiast magazines, events, websites and digital and
social media platforms. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Active Interest Media Names Jeff Tkach Group Publisher of Backpacker and Climbing
Boulder, CO, August 26, 2013 – Active Interest Media today announced that Jeff Tkach has returned to Backpacker magazine, where he began his career in
advertising sales, to take the new position of group publisher of Backpacker and Climbing. Tkach will lead sales, marketing, and events
operations at both brands, which are located in AIM’s Boulder offices. He will report to Allen Crolius, VP of Sales for AIM’s Outdoor and Mountain Groups.
Former SKI veteran Jo-Ann Martin Named AIM Outdoor Group’s East Coast Sales Director
Boulder, CO, August 26, 2013 – Active Interest Media’s Outdoor Group and Mountain Group, including titles such as SKI and Backpacker, are bringing back a familiar
face with the addition of Jo-Ann Martin as East Coast Sales Director.
Bill Garrels and Andy Hawk Join AIM’s Warren Miller Entertainment
Boulder, CO – June 6, 2013: Active Interest Media (AIM) announced today that snowsports sales veterans Bill Garrels and Andy Hawk are joining Warren
Miller Entertainment to lead corporate and industry partnerships respectively for the film company and NASTAR. Those two properties, along with
SKI and Skiing, comprise AIM’s Mountain Group, which AIM acquired May 31 from Bonnier Corp.
Vegetarian Times Now Measured by GfK MRI
May 23, 2013 – (El Segundo, CA). Vegetarian Times (www.vegetariantimes.com),
the most widely read vegetarian magazine in the country, is now measured by GfK MRI.
“As more Americans follow a vegetarian-inclined diet, demand for our content across all platforms has increased dramatically,” says Bill Harper, Vegetarian Times’ Publisher. “With Vegetarian Times now being measured by MRI, the magazine has the opportunity now to become a major player in the epicurean category.”
Active Interest Media Acquiring Bonnier Mountain Group Properties
Boulder, CO (April 30, 2013) -- Active Interest Media (AIM, aimmedia.com) today announced it has reached an agreement to acquire the properties
of the Bonnier Mountain Group (bonniercorp.com), including SKI, Skiing, Warren Miller Entertainment and NASTAR. The agreement, expected to
close on May 31, returns AIM’s management team, CEO Efrem (Skip) Zimbalist, Andy Clurman, President and COO, and Brian Sellstrom, CFO, to
oversight of the properties they successfully led from 1996-2003, when they were known as Mountain Sports Media. During that time, the team
moved the group from New York City to Boulder, Colo., acquired Warren Miller Entertainment, expanded the quality, scope and reach of the
properties, and grew the company by 50 percent.
Active Interest Media Names Gary DeSanctis Vice President General Manager AIM Marine Media Group
El Segundo, CA (February 14, 2013) – Active Interest Media (AIM, www.aimmedia.com) today announced that Gary DeSanctis has been promoted to
Vice President and General Manager of AIM’s Marine Media Group. He was previously the Marine Media Group Publisher.
Vegetarian Times Publishes 400th Issue
EL SEGUNDO , CA, JAN. 7, 2013 — Vegetarian Times’ January 2013 issue marks the 400th issue of the magazine. In the 38 years since the magazine was first
published, public perception of vegetarianism has evolved from a fringe movement to a mainstream way of life, now lauded for its health benefits for
people and the planet.
Andy Hawk Joins AIM Outdoor Group
Boulder, CO: Active Interest Media (AIM) today announced that Andy Hawk will join the publisher’s Outdoor Group division in the newly created position of
Director of Snowsports and New Business Development. Hawk has been managing ad sales for the Snow Show Daily, a joint venture of AIM and Snowsports
Industries America (SIA). He will begin the full-time position in the Outdoor Group’s offices in Boulder, Colorado, on April 1, after
completing his current contract.
Backpacker Names Dennis Lewon Editor-in-Chief and Jonathan Dorn Promoted to SVP Content and Product Development
Boulder, CO: Active Interest Media (AIM) today announced the promotions of Dennis Lewon to editor-in-chief of Backpacker and Jonathan Dorn
to senior vice president of content and product development for AIM, Backpacker’s parent company.
Home Buyer Publications Announces New Offices
December 7, 2012 – Chantilly, VA – Active Interest Media today announced that it is moving the design, production, and back office operations of Home Buyer
Publications to Boulder, Colorado, to join the company’s growing presence there. In Boulder, Home Buyer will share a building with AIM’s
Outdoor and Equine Groups, and its design and production staff will integrate into those group’s award-winning operations.
Active Interest Media’s Home Buyer Publications and Restore Media LLC Reach Agreement to Reunite Properties
Active Interest Media, Inc. (AIM) announced today that it has reached a definitive agreement to reunite its Home Buyer Publication’s (HBP)
Old House Journal and New Old House with Restore Media’s Period Homes and Traditional Building. AIM acquired Old House Journal and New Old House from
Restore Media in July 2007. The terms of the Agreement were not disclosed.
SAIL Magazine Announces New Publisher
Active Interest Media's Marine Group announced that Chris Allen has been named Publisher of SAIL Magazine.
Allen brings decades of marine industry and publishing experience to his new role. Allen spent most of his career at Time Inc, including 20 years at Cooking Light, where, as Senior Vice President and Publisher he led the company in 17 consecutive years of growth. He started his career in various sales roles at Yachting Magazine, and as National Advertising Manager for Cruising World Magazine.
Climbing Announces New Editor
Active Interest Media’s Outdoor Group today announced the promotion of Shannon Davis to Editor of Climbing magazine, and the appointment of outgoing
editor Dougald MacDonald to the new role of Editor-at-Large.
Backpacker Announces New Publisher
Active Interest Media’s Outdoor Group announced the promotion of Michael Byrne to Publisher of Backpacker magazine. The Outdoor Group also announced the promotions of
two other senior sales managers. Rob Wood becomes Director of Sales and Marketing for the National Park Trips division and Elizabeth Averbeck becomes Director of
Sales and Marketing for the Trade division of the Outdoor Group.
Active Interest Media CEO Efrem Skip Zimbalist to be Inducted into Mins Sales Hall of Fame
El Segundo CA (May 15, 2012)On June 27, at its annual awards ceremony in New York, Efrem Skip Zimbalist III, CEO of Active Interest Media (AIM), will be
inducted into Mins Sales Hall of Fame. The award honors a lifetime of outstanding achievement in magazine publishing.
Andrew Clurman, President and COO, Active Interest Media has been named one of Folios Top 40 Folios ...annual list of the industry's most innovative and distinguished professionals.
Clurman has been instrumental in helping AIMs multimarket publishing approach diversify into new revenue streams through organic and acquisitive growth strategies.
Yoga Journal Jumps on E-Commerce Bandwagon - Big gains in traffic, prior net sales and social audience drive decision.
Yoga Journal is leveraging big gains in traffic, social media audience and promising sales of DVD products into a full-blown
e-commerce store. The expanded product line will include two-dozen brands and will sell clothing, jewelry,
accessories, footwear, DVDs and other products.
According to Yoga Journal, February traffic to the brand's website increased 305 percent over the same period l ast yearthe site averages about one million unique visitors a month. Before launching the store, the site only sold DVD products, but those net sales increased 86 percent during the same period, says the company.
Active Interest Media Acquires Rights to Publish Power & Motoryacht and Sail Magazines from Source Interlink Media.
Agreement creates country's most comprehensive marine media and events group.
February 15, 2012 El Segundo, CA Active Interest Media, Inc. (AIM, www.aimmedia.com ) announced today that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire the rights to publish the marine and online properties currently published by Source Interlink Media, a division of Source Interlink Companies, Inc. (Source, www.sourceinterlink.com ).
This agreement establishes AIM as the countrys premier marine media and events group, and now includes Power & Motoryacht (PMY), Sail, along with its existing print titles Yachts International, Soundings, Soundings Trade Only, and Passagemaker, and online property BoatQuest.com.
Skip Zimbalist, Chairman and CEO, on Active Interest Media's Print, Digital, Events and Other Growth
Efrem "Skip" Zimbalist III founded Active Interest Media (AIM) just eight years ago, and despite facing some of the most challenging years in publishing during what
is essentially still the company's infancy, it has grown to become one of the world's largest niche media companies.
With a portfolio of 34 magazines-including Yoga Journal (its largest publication with 360,000 circulation) and a healthy marine group, which features Yachts International and Soundings, among others-the company reaches more than 12 million readers worldwide. It also produces major events, including the world's largest boat show (the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show), smaller events, successful websites that feature unique content as well as e-commerce (including books and third-party product sales), and new mobile apps that it is "selectively developing," according to Zimbalist, AIM's chairman and CEO.
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Top Dietary Supplements Picked in Better Nutritions Fourth Annual Best of Supplements Awards
Consumers walking into any health food store are often faced with an overwhelming array of dietary supplements to choose from. To help them make the best selection to
meet their individual health needs, Better Nutrition magazine (www.betternutrition.com) announces the winners of its fourth annual Best of Supplements Awards. The
awards highlight 60 uniquely effective supplements from an array of companies known for producing extremely high-quality products.
Living Naturally and Better Nutrition Join Forces to Create Powerhouse Online Alliance
Living Naturally, the worlds largest online commerce and promotional natural health network, (www.livingnaturally.com) has formed an exclusive partnership with the
countrys most widely read in-store magazineBetter Nutrition (www.betternutrition.com). Under this partnership, Living Naturally will provide more than 3,000 natural
health retailers and suppliers with a targeted e-version of the magazines most popular and pertinent content. This no-cost service will not only help retailers market
and promote their products, it will provide multi-media tools to enhance their consumer outreach and education efforts.
EQUINE NETWORK WINS 21 AHP HONORS - Print and Digital Publications Lauded
Boulder, Colorado. The print and digital publications of the Equine Network were awarded 21 honors at American Horse Publicationsâ annual seminar held recently in San
Diego, California. Awards ranged from Best Cover and Best Instructional Article to Best Equine-Related Digital Publication and Best Service to Reader.
Publications honored included: American Cowboy, EQUUS, Dressage Today, Horse Journal, Horse & Rider, HorseLink digital magazine, Practical Horseman, Spin To Win Rodeo, and The Trail Rider.
Active Interest Media Promotes Gary DeSanctis to Group Publisher of Marine Group
Active Interest Media (AIM, www.aimmedia.com) announced that Gary DeSanctis has been promoted to Group Publisher of AIM's Marine Group. He was previously Co-Publisher
of Yachts International and Vice President of Sales for the Group.
Active Interest Media, Inc. (AIM) President and Chief Executive Officer Efrem "Skip" Zimbalist III has announced that the company has acquired a group of key assets from Dominion Enterprises, adding several market-leading magazines, events and websites to its growing portfolio of enthusiast media. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed. "These acquisitions allow AIM to expand our marine, consumer enthusiast and B2B portfolios with highly differentiated print, digital and event properties" said Zimbalist.
Active Interest Media, Inc. Acquires Market-Leading Publications and Events from Dominion Enterprises
Consumer Enthusiast Media Company AIM Adds Marine and Specialty Properties to Growing Portfolio of Magazines, Events and Electronic Media Holdings
Along with Yachts International, the number one selling luxury yacht magazine in the U.S., AIM's Marine Group also includes Show Management (www. showmanagement.com), a world leader in boat show production which includes the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach, and the Palm Beach International Boat Show, three of the world's largest and most important in-water boat shows. AIM has also just acquired several market-leading marine media properties including Passagemaker, Passagemaker's Trawlerfest events, Soundings, and Soundings Trade Only.
Backpacker Launches iPad App: Puts Outdoor Survival Skills in the Palm of Your Hand
BACKPACKER magazine (www.backpacker.com/ipad) today announced the launch of "The BACKPACKER Survival School"
iPad app, giving users essential interactive audio/visual survival advice they can take on the go.
In the first installment of the BACKPACKER Survival School: Hazards, users will learn how to deal with backcountry perils by reading real-life survival stories, learning life-saving skills, getting expert advice, viewing how-to videos and photo slideshows, and more.
Active Interest Media's PEAKS Magazine Wins 2011 Magnum Opus Gold Award for Best Tourism Publication
BOULDER, CO (June 22, 2011) - For the second consecutive year, PEAKS Magazine has been named the Best Tourism Publication and Gold Winner for 2011 in the 8th Annual
Magnum Opus Awards, which honor the world's finest custom publications.
PEAKS also earned an Honorable Mention for Best Use of Photography/Overall for all categories of publications.
Pennsylvania's Largest Exhibit of Period Decor and Rare Collectables at the Historic Home/ Designer Craftsmen Shows Held February 4-6 in Valley Forge, PA.
Chantilly, Virginia (January 27, 2011) -- New consumer confidence has attracted more than 100 old-house exhibitors including restoration experts, traditional
woodcarvers, basket makers, potters, silversmiths, and more to the Historic Home/ Designer Craftsmen Shows in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, February 4-6, 2011,
making it Pennsylvania's largest exhibit of period decor and rare collectables.
"The sheer volume of hard-to-find, hand-crafted pieces is one of the reasons old-house enthusiasts plan for this show all year," says Home Buyer Publications Vice President, Laurie Sloan. Ms. Sloan went on to say, "Many make the journey from hundreds of miles away simply to have the opportunity to find that once-in-a-lifetime treasure. From Redware and Toby Jugs to unique art, this show has something for every type of collector."
Active Interest Media Acquires USRider
Leading Provider of Equine-Related Travel Benefits Joins Boulder-based Equine Network
January 24, 2011-(Boulder, CO) - Active Interest Media, Inc. (AIM) has completed an agreement to purchase USRider, one of the nation's largest providers of travel benefits designed specifically for horse owners. The acquisition expands AIM's growing portfolio of publications and programs serving horse enthusiasts through its Equine Network.
"USRider offers exactly the kind of service we strive to provide our audience," said Tom Winsor, Equine Network General Manager. "Whether through award-winning editorial content, a platform for buying and selling horses or an online community where passionate horse enthusiasts can connect with one another, we work to deliver the best products to enhance our audience's equestrian lifestyle. A service that helps people travel safely with their horses is a natural fit among our existing properties."
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