Publishing Industry Soundbytes 3-12-04

Posted on March 12, 2004

Book Deals | Content Deals | Film and Television
Launches and Redesigns | Miscellaneous
Music Business | People

People

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Axel Ganz, President of Gruner + Jahr's International Magazine Division, has named Linda Fears, current deputy editor of Parents magazine as editor in chief of YM magazine, under the supervision of Sally Lee, editor in chief of Parents magazine and editorial director of the Parents Media Group. Fears has been Parents' deputy editor since 2000. She is a seasoned magazine editor who has served in top editorial positions for the past 18 years. Before being named Parents deputy editor, Fears was articles editor from 1999-2000. Prior to Parents, she was the lifestyle director at American Health for Women and Ladies' Home Journal.

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Yahoo! Inc. has announced the launch of Money Matters with Suze Orman, a series of personal finance guides designed to offer meaningful and relevant financial management information to a broader consumer audience. Tax Savings Strategies is the first of the 26 personal finance guides available free to consumers on Yahoo! Finance over the next 12 months. Suze Orman is the author of four consecutive New York Times bestsellers: The Laws of Money, The Lessons of Life, The Road to Wealth, The Courage to Be Rich and The 9 Steps to Financial Freedom, as well as the national bestsellers, Suze Orman's Financial Guidebook and You've Earned It, Don't Lose It.

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The New York Times Company has announced several personal changes. Janet L. Robinson, senior vice president of newspaper operations, will succeed Russell T. Lewis, president and CEO, who plans to retire by the end of 2004. At that time, Ms. Robinson, who was named chief operating officer and executive vice president, will become president and CEO of the Times Company. In addition, Leonard P. Forman, senior vice president and chief financial officer, was named executive vice president and chief financial officer of The New York Times Company and Scott Heekin-Canedy, senior vice president, circulation for The New York Times newspaper, was named president and general manager of the newspaper, a position previously held by Ms. Robinson. Mr. Forman will continue to be responsible for the management of all corporate financial functions, overseeing investor relations and participating in the analysis of acquisition and divestiture candidates and the capital expenditure program. In his new role, he will oversee information technology, corporate communications and the Company's investment in two paper mills. Mr. Heekin-Canedy will be responsible for all of the business operations of the Times newspaper, including advertising, circulation, marketing, production, systems, human resources, finance, strategic planning, labor relations and New York Times News Services. Mr. Heekin-Canedy's circulation responsibilities will be assumed by a successor who is expected to be named shortly.

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Scholastic Corporation announced that Mary A. Winston, 42, most recently Vice President and Controller of Visteon Corporation, an $18 billion global automotive supplier, has joined Scholastic as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Kevin J. McEnery, who has held these positions since l995, has resigned to pursue new career opportunities with the potential for broader responsibilities. Scholastic also confirmed its previously announced earnings guidance of $1.95 to $2.35 per share for the current 2004 fiscal year ending May 31, 2004.

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New York magazine announced that Adam Moss, a 12-year veteran of The New York Times, has been named Editor-in-Chief. Moss most recently oversaw The Times' Culture and Style coverage, The New York Times Magazine, and the Book Review among other sections of the paper. Previously he was editor of The New York Times Magazine. Before joining the paper he had been founding editor of the New York weekly magazine 7 Days and managing editor of Esquire magazine. He replaces Caroline Miller, who will stay on with New York through Friday, February 20th. Moss, 46, most recently served as assistant managing editor for features at The New York Times, a position that was created for him in August of 2003. In 2000, he had been named an associate managing editor of The New York Times, while remaining editor of The New York Times Magazine.

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Ziff Davis Media has announced the promotion of Julie Tuttle to Publisher of Baseline magazine. She was formerly National Associate publisher of the business technology magazine. She will oversee all sales and integrated marketing functions for the publication and report to Sloan Seymour, Senior Vice President of Ziff Davis' Enterprise Group. Ms. Tuttle joined Ziff Davis in 1988 and has held various positions at the company with increasing responsibility. Prior to her role with Baseline magazine, she was West Coast Associate Publisher for eWEEK and Corporate Sales Director for Ziff Davis' Corporate Sales organization.

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Knight Ridder has named Sharon Mandell vice president/technology. She replaces Steve Hannah, who left the company. Mandell, chief technology officer of Knight Ridder Digital, will be responsible for creating the vision and setting the standards for technology across Knight Ridder. Mandell served as vice president of technology for Tribune Publishing, where she coordinated technology strategy and standards with its newspapers and other business groups from 2001 to 2002. She was vice president and chief technology officer of Tribune Interactive, where she oversaw the development of companywide technologies. Before that, Mandell was cofounder of Plannet Crafters Inc., a developer of software utilities for Microsoft Windows. Mandell also has served as a technology consultant to several corporations, including Nokia and Tribune.

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The Online Publishers Association (OPA) has announced its executive officers for 2004. Larry Kramer, chairman & CEO of MarketWatch.com was named chairman of the OPA. Debora Wilson, chief operating officer of The Weather Channel and TWCi, is the treasurer of the OPA and Riley McDonough, vice president of sales and marketing at ESPN Internet Group, is the secretary of the OPA. In addition, the OPA expanded its membership to 31 media companies and 17 associates. The newest members of the OPA are: ABCNews.com, CBSNews.com, CNN.com, Hearst, iVillage, Jupitermedia, MTV.com and Reuters. IndustryBrains, InsightExpress, Eyeblaster, Baird Direct Marketing and Revenue Science joined as associates.

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LexisNexis Group, a provider of legal, news and business information, has announced the appointment of James Peck as senior vice president and chief operating officer, Risk Management group, in the company's Corporate and Federal Markets (CFM) unit. In addition, Amy Bloebaum, vice president, Product Technology and Infrastructure, was promoted to senior vice president and chief product officer, Global Electronic Product Development (GEPD), succeeding Peck in the position. Both appointments are effective March 1, 2004. Peck will report to Kurt Sanford, president and chief executive officer of CFM. Prior to his current position at LexisNexis, Peck was the senior vice president of Product Development with Celera Genomics, a bio-technology firm. After joining Celera in 1999, he led construction of a new online system containing information about human genetics deployed in task-based applications for research scientists, delivered via the Internet. Bloebaum joined LexisNexis in 1988 as a software engineer and has held numerous management positions, such as director and senior director of Product Engineering and vice president of Product Engineering, where she managed the development, testing and deployment for online information products.

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Long-time Utne magazine editors Jon Spayde and Karen Olson will lead the magazine's editorial efforts beginning March 1, 2004 as Editorial Director Jay Walljasper departs to become executive editor of the Dutch-based Ode Magazine. Spayde, a 12-year Utne veteran, is the co-author of Utne's Salons: the Joy of Conversation, the editor of two Utne special issues, a performance artist and a Japanese literature grad from Harvard. Karen Olson has been with the magazine for nearly five years. Utne is a bimonthly national magazine with a paid circulation of 225,000.

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Anne Hunt Cheevers has been tapped as Vice President, Marketing of the Aviation Week Group (AWG). In this newly created position, Anne will be responsible for the overall marketing of AWG, including business development, marketing services, research and public relations. She will develop and execute an aggressive business growth strategy through organic development, partnerships and acquisitions. With more than 20 years in the publishing industry, Anne has extensive strategic marketing and operating experience, which includes the development of new ventures. Most recently she was Group Vice President, Marketing for Cendant Membership Services/Trilegiant Group in Norwalk, Connecticut. Anne has also held Vice President, Marketing positions for the Bureau of Business Practice/Simon & Schuster and MemberWorks.

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Kaplan Professional, a division of global education services provider Kaplan, Inc., announced that it has appointed Richard Paulk to the position of Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). In this role he will oversee financial operations and business development for the division, which provides licensing and continuing education programs for professionals. Paulk joins Kaplan from iPilot, an Illinois-based technology company, where he has served as Chief Operating Officer for five years. Previously, Paulk was at Sears Roebuck, where he served as CFO of its Product Services Division, and Manager of Investor Relations. Prior to this, he spent five years at Motorola, where he held a variety of finance and business development positions.

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MediaBay, Inc., a spoken audio content, marketing and publishing company, announced Jeffrey A. Dittus has joined the Company as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Dittus has also joined MediaBay's Board of Directors, replacing Michael Herrick, who has resigned to make room for Mr. Dittus. In his role as CEO, Mr. Dittus' first efforts will focus on increasing customer satisfaction, member retention and driving member purchases. Prior to joining Media Bay, Mr. Dittus was a senior executive with one of the world's largest direct response marketers, National Media Corp. W After leaving National Media, Mr. Dittus founded and served as Chief Executive Officer of IT Capital Limited, a public company based in New Zealand. He then founded and served as managing director of merchant banking firm Kauri Capital.

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Jonathan Wolman, who as executive editor of The Associated Press led the news operations of the world's largest news organization, has been named editor of The Denver Post editorial page, Publisher William Dean Singleton has announced. Currently a senior vice president of the AP, after 31 years of service there, Wolman succeeds the late, legendary Sue O'Brien, who died of cancer last August. Prior to his assignments at AP headquarters in New York, Wolman was based in Washington, D.C., where he served 20 years as an editor and was bureau chief from 1989 to 1998. His reporting experience included stories ranging from the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa to the nuclear malfunction at Three Mile Island in 1979. Wolman was named AP managing editor in November 1998, executive editor in 2000 and senior vice president in 2002.

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Steve Siskind has been named Executive Vice President, Worldwide Marketing and Advertising of the marketing division of the Motion Picture Group, Paramount Pictures, it was announced by Rob Friedman, Chief Operating Officer, Paramount Pictures and Vice Chairman, Motion Picture Group. Mr. Siskind replaces Tom Campanella, who after a career of more than 40 years at Paramount, will change his status to a Senior Advisor for the company. In his new position, Mr. Siskind will be responsible for all aspects of media planning and buying for Paramount Pictures' theatrical film releases in the U.S. and Canada and manage international media campaigns through UIP, which represents the studio in foreign territories. In addition, he will oversee Paramount's Internet advertising and share responsibility for the national promotional partnerships.

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DreamWorks principal Jeffrey Katzenberg and co-head of DreamWorks Pictures Walter F. Parkes have announced changes in the studio's executive roster. Michael De Luca will be vacating the post of Head of Production, effective June 2004. In addition, after focusing on the duties of producing a number of films, including the upcoming releases Lemony Snicket and The Terminal, Parkes and co-head of DreamWorks Pictures, Laurie MacDonald, will be resuming a more hands-on role in the day-to-day operations of DreamWorks Pictures. They have also chosen to replace De Luca from inside the studio's ranks- appointing longtime DreamWorks production executive Adam Goodman to the post of Head of Production, reporting directly to Parkes and MacDonald. Adam Goodman has been a production executive at DreamWorks since 1996. During his tenure, he has shepherded several projects and is currently working on the upcoming films The Terminal, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks and Catherine Zeta-Jones; Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, starring Will Ferrell; and Surviving Christmas, starring Ben Affleck and Christina Applegate. MacDonald also mentioned DreamWorks' two senior production executives, Marc Haimes and Mark Sourian, who will continue to work with Goodman, Parkes and MacDonald on the studio's slate.

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Paxson Communications Corporation announced that Rob Word has been appointed Senior Vice President for Program Development & Production for PAX TV. Based in Los Angeles, Mr. Word will manage the development of original programming for the network, including developing show concepts from outline to production. Mr. Word, who will report to Mr. Scott, arrives at PAX TV with a long history of producing, writing, programming, and packaging credits. He has held senior management positions in marketing and production at Orion, ITC, Qintex, Hal Roach Studios, Filmways, and CST Entertainment, as well as served as a senior producer and programming consultant for Columbia, TriStar, Lion's Gate, MGM-UA, and Encore Media.

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Clear Channel Entertainment announced that Dominic Roncace has been appointed Chief Operating Officer for Clear Channel Entertainment's Music division. In his expanded role, Mr. Roncace is responsible for the overall operations and implementation of the yearly business plan and new business development for the Music division. Clear Channel Entertainment's Music division includes more than 130 live entertainment venues in North America, including 41 amphitheaters in the United States.

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theglobe.com has announced the appointment of Garrett Pettingell as Chief Financial Officer. As CFO, Pettingell's responsibilities will include financial management and reporting for theglobe.com's subsidiaries: voiceglo; Computer Games magazine; and the Chips and Bits games distribution business. Pettingell will report to Edward Cespedes, President of theglobe.com. Former CFO, Robin Lebowitz, will remain with the Company as Vice President of Finance and as a Director. Prior to joining theglobe.com, Mr. Pettingell was Chief Financial Officer of publicly-traded TeleComputing Inc.

Content Deals

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Pulitzer Newspapers, Inc. (PNI), a subsidiary of Pulitzer, Inc. and the owner of The World daily newspaper in Coos Bay, has announced the purchase of the assets of The Umpqua Post, a weekly paid-circulation newspaper in Reedsport, Ore., from The Umpqua Post, Inc., of Reedsport. Terms of the sale were not disclosed. With this acquisition, The World, published in Coos Bay-North Bend in Coos County, will combine resources with the Reedsport weekly, serving western Douglas County.

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ESPN and Baseball America have announced an agreement to work together to produce original baseball content for ESPN.com. The new agreement will mean Baseball America content and features -- previously offered only to Baseball America subscribers -- will now be available as part of ESPN Insider, the premium content section of ESPN.com.

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LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc., a developer of technology-based educational products, and Riverdeep, Inc. a provider of multi-platform K-12 educational products for both schools and homes, have announced a publishing and distribution agreement to develop a series of electronic books featuring Reader Rabbit for the LeapPad learning system.

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Jack Kliger, president and CEO, Hachette Filipacchi Media U.S., and Matt Diamond, CEO, Alloy, Inc. announced that their companies have signed an agreement that will result in an exclusive strategic alliance which combines ELLEgirl, a teen fashion magazine and website, and Alloy's network of proprietary assets aimed at reaching the youth market.

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Snitch, LLC announced the signing of an Area Developer -- Vigilante Press, LLC -- for the state of South Carolina. The company plans to launch its first Snitch newspaper in April, in its home city of Columbia, S.C. As an Area Developer, Vigilante Press has purchased the rights to launch (or resell to others the rights to launch) regional editions of Snitch newspapers throughout all of South Carolina. Each issue of the free weekly newspaper will contain crime-related stories from the criminal justice communities and inside state government, neighborhood-based crime reports, and nationally syndicated features and columns.

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Americana Publishing, Inc. announced it has signed a Letter of Intent to acquire Action Media Group, LLC d/b/a Coreflix. Launched a year ago, Coreflix was the first action sports DVD rental website, marking a new distribution option for the action sports entertainment industry. Developed to meet a growing demand for action sports DVDs, Coreflix, through its rent, ride, return program, provides consumers with more than 400 action and "extreme" sports DVD titles for a fixed monthly fee with no due dates and no late fees. DVDs arrive to members in pre-addressed return mailers with return postage provided.

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The Wall Street Journal, a business publication, announced that it will produce two career reports with Jungle Media Group. This is the first joint report that the Journal is doing with another media organization. The reports are scheduled to run as The Journal Report, a weekly fourth section appearing Mondays in the Journal, on March 29, 2004, and Oct. 18, 2004. They also will be polybagged with Jungle and Jungle Law magazines, and distributed to students and alumni of top U.S. business and law schools. The focus of the reports, "Your Career," is to guide and direct readers to maximize their career advancement. The reports will address needs across a spectrum, from those entering the work force from graduate school, to those in senior management who are looking to make the next step to the top, as well as those in between who are looking for helpful insights.

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LRP Publications, a newsletter, magazine and book publisher based in Palm Beach Gardens has acquired a series of newsletters and books from Rusting Publications -- a Westbury, N.Y.-based provider of safety and security resources for colleges and universities, public schools and hotels and casinos. LRP Publications will add Rusting's newsletters Campus Security Report, Hotel/Casino/Resort Security and School Security Report, as well as its ancillary publications to LRP's core of education, higher education and hospitality resources.

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Nursing Spectrum and NurseWeek, two industry leaders in the nursing recruitment, information, and education industry, have announced an agreement in which Nursing Spectrum, a division of Gannett Co., Inc.), has acquired NurseWeek from Jobson Publishing, LLC. NurseWeek's executive team of Ray Riordan, John Leggett, and Andy Baldwin has chosen to stay on with Nursing Spectrum Nursing Spectrum, an RN-led communications company and division of Gannett, promotes the recognition and support of the nursing community by providing timely, relevant, and compelling information through its magazines, annual career guides, websites (nursingspectrum.com), Nursing Spectrum Continuing Education services, and Nursing Spectrum Career Fitness Expos reaching over 1 million RNs and other healthcare professionals worldwide.

Launches and Redesigns

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CigarWise has announced the launch of a new online magazine dedicated to today's cigar smoker. CigarWise.com covers every aspect of cigar smoking and cigar related industries. It also features coverage and articles on different lifestyles of interest to the cigar smoker, including Travel, Food and Beverage, Sports, Gaming, Technology, and Business. CigarWise Magazine is a publication covering every aspect of cigar smoking and cigar related industries. It also features coverage and articles on different areas of lifestyle, including Travel, Food and Beverage, Sports, Gaming, Technology, Business, and more. The editorial coverage is designed to be suitable for everyone from the novice to the connoisseur.

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Larry Chase's Search Engine For Marketers has debuted with information about the most relevant sites in 40 different marketing categories. All sites found in Chase's Search Engine For Marketers feature brief, unbiased editorial reviews and corresponding links. The reviews have been culled from recent issues of Chase's Web Digest For Marketers, which has been publishing since April 1995, making it the first marketing publication on the Internet.

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Minyanville.com, a creative education and infotainment community that features animated "critters" to convey financial information and insight, has relaunched its website. The revamped site offers an expanded roster of financial writers, including 15-year-old whiz kid Timothy Olsen, author of The Teenage Investor: How to Start Early, Invest Often & Build Wealth (McGraw-Hill, 2003) and the subject of a domestic comedy series currently in development by Kevin Spacey's Trigger Street Productions for FOX television. Other new writers on Minyanville.com include Kevin A. Tuttle, president and co-founder of Church Street Capital; Jason Roney, founder of Tradeplotter.com; Laurie McGuirk, director of strategic investments at Endeavour Funds Management based in Sydney Australia; and Susan Wein, senior financial analyst at Conde Nast Publications. They join Todd Harrison, John Succo, Scott Reamer, Bill Fleckenstein, Jason Goepfert, Adam Brodsky, Greg Roberts and Brian Reynolds, chief market strategist at MSHowells & Co.

Film and Television

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Universal Pictures and Gold Circle Films have entered into an exclusive two-year, first-look domestic distribution agreement, it was announced by Rick Finkelstein, president and chief operating officer, Universal Pictures, and Paul Brooks, president, Gold Circle Films. Gold Circle Films, a financing and production company whose first domestic theatrical release was My Big Fat Greek Wedding, the highest grossing romantic comedy and independent film of all time and the fifth highest grossing film of 2002, will continue to fully finance its entire slate of motion pictures.

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Producer Lauren Moews' Tonic Films has acquired Death Angel's Shadow, a collection of three short stories which features fantasy author Karl Edward Wagner's immortal anti-hero Kane. The deal was brokered by Moews for Tonic Films and by the Intellectual Property Group on behalf of the Pimlico Agency of New York. Moews has green-lit a film based upon "Reflections for the Winter of My Soul," which is the first of three short stories comprising Death Angel's Shadow. The other two short stories, "Cold Light" and "Mirage," are waiting in the wings to be developed into a possible Kane franchise for Tonic Films. Karl Edward Wagner's anti-hero Kane will finally take the leap off the pages of "Death Angel's Shadow" and onto the big screen more than 30 years after its first printing. Death Angel's Shadow features Kane, the Gothic anti-hero, an immortal who treks his world in three short stories where he encounters the werewolf's lair, the vampire's nest and ultimately the death angel's shadow. Most recently, Moews produced the indie horror film Cabin Fever which was released by Lions Gate and was their biggest hit of the year, grossing $22 million domestically.

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Lions Gate Entertainment, an independent filmed entertainment studio, and Marvel Enterprises, Inc. have announced that Lions Gate has been granted licenses to develop, produce and distribute theatrical film releases based upon two popular Marvel properties -- Iron Fist and Black Widow. The announcement was made by Lions Gate Chief Executive Officer Jon Feltheimer and Avi Arad, Chairman and CEO, Marvel Studios. The new agreements expand the pre-existing relationship between Marvel and Artisan Entertainment, acquired by Lions Gate in December 2003, which allowed Artisan to produce and distribute feature films based upon The Punisher character. Marvel and Lions Gate will share equally in certain revenues derived from the properties, with Lions Gate funding development, production and distribution. Marvel will be handling all merchandising in connection with the films. The new pact comes as both companies prepare for the theatrical debut of The Punisher, the first release stemming from the original alliance. Starring Thomas Jane, John Travolta and Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, the film will be released nationwide on April 16. Plans for a sequel have already been finalized and development has begun.

Music Business

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Napster, a division of Roxio, announced that it has recently become the first PC-only digital music service to sell over five million downloads. The Company also announced that it has served hundreds of millions of page views since its late-October launch and has attracted over 1.5 million basic and premium members. Napster, which generates multiple revenue streams from a unique combination of single and album downloads, prepaid download cards, premium subscriptions and the licensing of its popular brand, is expected to generate at least $20 million in music sales in its first year.

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Universal Music Publishing Group ("UMPG"), has formed a new Nashville based Christian and Gospel music division, Universal Christian Music Publishing, it was announced by David Renzer, Worldwide President of UMPG and Pat Higdon, Sr. VP/GM of UMPG Nashville. As its first major deal, Universal Christian Music Publishing has concluded an exclusive joint venture agreement with Final Four Music and its owner, industry veteran Michael Puryear. Puryear formerly ran BMG's Christian music publishing division and has penned three No. 1 singles. Through the agreement, producer/music executive Elwyn Raymer will also act as a consultant to both Universal and Final Four Music. Elwyn Raymer has been involved in Gospel/Christian music production since the 60's, working closely with such artists as Steven Curtis Chapman, Marcus Hummon, Dick and Melodie Tunney, Scott Wesley Brown, Greg Nelson, and Kyle Matthews. He was also involved in the catalog acquisitions of Sparrow Music, and Reunion Records. Through the new division UMPG will focus on catalogue acquisition, artist and writer development, and catalogue exploitation for Christian and Gospel Music. UMPG's existing catalog contains many important Christian and Gospel songs including such hits as "Change The World," "You Light Up My Life," "Butterfly Kisses," "Testify To Love," and "God Bless America," as well as songs recorded by The Blind Boys Of Alabama, Aretha Franklin, Mahalia Jackson, The Hemphills, Willie Nelson, and The Mighty Clouds Of Joy.

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The Academy of Country Music, in conjunction with Launch, the music destination on Yahoo!, announced today the creation of a new Associate Membership program, a premium online fan club. This program was designed to give fans of country music a behind-the-scenes look at their favorite artists and music. In addition, an Associate Membership gives fans a voice in the Academy of Country Music Awards, as the Academy is taking the step of extending voting rights to Associate Members in the category of the Academy of Country Music/Launch Video of the Year. The results will be broadcast during the 39th Annual Academy of Country Music Award live from the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on Wednesday, May 26th, 2004 at 8:00 PM ET/PT on CBS.

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Jupiter Research, a division of Jupitermedia Corporation, has announced the results of its latest survey of online teens, including the facts that teen girls spend 15% more on music than boys, and across the board are bigger digital music users, except for downloading and burning CDs. Nearly half of online teen girls spend more than $100 a year on music. Jupiter Research's new research report, "Consumer Survey Report: Teen Music, 2003," is based on a survey of over 1,800 online teens, ages 13 to 17.

Book Deals and News

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NCsoft Corporation, a developer and publisher of online computer games, and Blue King Studios have announced plans to publish a monthly comic book based on NCsoft's online computer game, City of Heroes. City of Heroes is the creation of San Jose-based game developer Cryptic Studios. The comic book features the triumphs and tragedies of a trio of super-powered heroes as they fight to find their way in Paragon City, the setting for the game. City of Heroes is the first massively multiplayer online game featuring a modern, comic book-inspired setting. The game takes place in a virtual world where players create their own super-powered heroes and fight crime in the sprawling, villain-filled metropolis of Paragon City.

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R.R. Bowker, a publisher of bibliographic information, has introduced PatronBooksInPrint, a new patron-focused version of the traditional booksinprint.com. PatronBooksInPrint.com offers library patrons their own environment in which to search Bowker's Books In Print database, a Web-based bibliographic resource. Current customers of booksinprint.com will receive PatronBooksInPrint.com as a complimentary upgrade to their present subscription. The new offering was built with patron-focused features, including a customized search feature that enables faster database queries, the ability to browse by fiction and non-fiction genres, as well as the ability for library users to find works featuring their favorite series or recurring fictional characters.

Miscellaneous

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Mamma.com announced that it has enhanced its power search and applied search math functionality. Mamma.com now supports search math, a form of advanced operators used to refine a query with quotations, plus and minus signs. Specifically, quotations ensure exact phrase matches are returned, and plus/minus signs ensure search terms are included or excluded from the results, respectively. Additional features applied to the power search include: Both the option to open results in a new window and query refinement remain available on the power search page. The user interface of the power search page was also updated to create a better user experience. The page was re-designed to help clarify search preferences, and make overall navigation easier. Similarly, the result pages produced by the power search have undergone an update and have been optimized to load faster.