September 23, 2004
Festival of print set for this weekend
TORONTOIn five cities across the country, Canadians are set to celebrate magazines and books. The 15th annual Word on the Street will be held simultaneously this coming Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., in Vancouver, Calgary, Kitchener and Toronto. The event was held last Sunday in Halifax at Pier 20. Locations are as follows: Vancouver (Library Square and CBC Plaza), Calgary (Eau Claire Festival Market), Kitchener (Victoria Park) and Toronto (Queens Park). The Canadian Magazine Publishers Association, and its affiliates across the country, will be promoting magazines by organizing readings and panel discussions. For more info, visit www. thewordonthestreet.ca
Deadline notice: As part of its ongoing industry support, the Ontario Media Development Corporation is offering to help up to five Ontario publishers attend the Folio: Show in New York on Nov. 15 to 17. The OMDC will cover the US$1,275 registration fee and contribute $750 toward travel expenses. Deadline for applications is Oct. 12, 5 p.m. For more info, visit www.omdc.on.ca and search for market access program.
September 21, 2004
Metroland to acquire World of Wheels?
DELHI, Ont.Four years after acquiring it, Annex Publishing and Printing, based here, is rumoured to be selling World of Wheels to rival Formula Media Group. A deal could be reached as soon as today, a source says. World of Wheels publisher Niel Hiscox has been aggressively promoting the title on newsstands during the past year following an April 2003 redesign. He told Masthead in March that subscriptions to the CCAB-audited, 36,000-paid-circ title had jumped 44.6% as a result. Annex acquired World of Wheels from Toronto-based Helpard Publishing in July 2000, along with French sister-title Le monde de lauto, Canadian Auto World, Lactualité automobile and Plant & Garden. Formula, a division of Metroland Printing, Publishing and Distributing, publishes Carguide magazine, which is not audited and claims a controlled circ of 87,000. Annex president Mike Fredericks declined comment. A spokesperson for Formula could not be reached for comment.
September 16, 2004
Black sues Toronto Life for $2.1 million
TORONTOConrad Black, through his lawyer Edward Greenspan, has served Toronto Life with a notice of his intention to sue for libel. The offending piece, A Toast to Lord Black On his arrival in Hell, was published in the July 2004 issue. Named in the suit is editor John Macfarlane, writer Robert Mason Lee and illustator Barry Blitt, who portrayed a smiling Black arriving in Hell, standing up in a convertible limo giving a thumb up to a welcoming party of cheering demons who hold placards declaring Way to be and Black is beautiful. The scathing 4,500-word article, set in Hell, is a speechified toast delivered by a resident of Hell, outlining the controversial acts and attitudes of both Black and wife Barbara Amiel. Parenthetical audience reactions are sprinkled throughout the piece, including huba, hubas when Amiels presence is acknowledged. Black is currently facing lawsuits that allege he and his associates received illegal payments from his public company, Hollinger, totaling hundreds of millions of dollars. Blacks suit claims that the article portrays him as so irredeemably evil that he should be consigned to Hell and that his conversion to Catholicism was a hypocritical sham. The notice, filed July 13, seeks $2.1 million. Greenspan could not be reached for comment. St. Joseph group president Greg MacNeil declined comment.
September 14, 2004
Macleans to get its own stamp
TORONTOIn honour of its 100th anniversary next year, weekly newsmagazine Macleans will be featured on a 49-cent commemorative stamp to be unveiled by Canada Post next April, says Rachael MacKenzie, group director, marketing communications at Rogers Publishing. About three million specimens will be printed. Around the same time, and also in keeping with the centenary celebrations, Vancouver-based publishing house Douglas & McIntyre will publish Canadian Obsessions, an over-sized, soft-cover coffee-table book featuring 100 Canadian obsessionsleitmotifs that have surfaced with regularity in the magazines pages since its debut issue on Oct. 5, 1905. Think of things like hockey and the weather, MacKenzie says. And constitutional debates? A little more sexy than that, she promises.
September 10, 2004
Transcon targets Anglo teen girls
MONTREALQuarterly Elle Quebec Girl will be spinning off an English counterpart next March. Transcontinental Media, as part of its licensing arrangement with Elle-brand owner Hachette Filipacchi Médias, will launch Elle Canada Girl with a target circ of 60,000, including a national newsstand presence. Only one issue of Elle Canada Girl is planned for 2005.
September 8, 2005
Paper prices expected to rise 10% in 2005
TORONTOPublishers should brace themselves for a hefty price increase in both light-weight coated paper and coated freesheet next year. Recovering print-media advertising and strengthening European demand is tightening supplies, says commodities analyst Patricia Mohr, vice-president, economics, with The Scotiabank Group. Mohr forecasts that the price of 34 lb. lightweight coated paper will rise 11% next year while 60 lb. coated freesheet #3 will rise by 10%. Supercalendered paper prices are expected to rise by 9%.
September 2, 2004
OMDC to pump additional $200k into magazines
TORONTORemember Volume One? The Ontario Media Development Corporation program handed out $75,000 to each of three new magazine start-ups last year (The Peer Review, 2 and Boating Industry Canada). There were rumours that the provincial government agency was going to reduce funding levels or kill the controversial program outright (controversial because the agency was seen to be funding potential competitors to existing magazines.) The rumours were half right. While Volume One is now history, the OMDC has announced that Volume Two will distribute $425,000 in project-based funding next year, an increase of 89% over Volume One. Publishers are being offered anywhere from $5,000 to $25,000or 75% of the cost of a proposed business initiative. Such as? A new magazine or section, circ and advertising projects and Web development, to name a few. Im confident theres a lot of pent-up demand, says OMDC co-ordinator James Weyman. To be eligible, projects cannot already be underway; they must also be designed to yield measurable results by either increasing sales or improving efficiency and productivity. However, individual applications from publishers whose circ is lower than 2,500 need not apply, nor need those whose titles are on average less than 32 pages. Application deadline is Oct. 2. For more info, visit www.omdc.on.ca and search for Volume Two.
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