Bonnier Acquires Sport Diver UK


first_imgSport Diver UK has a print audience of 10,000 and digital audience of about 150,000 monthly unique visitors. “We hope to get it about the same size as that we are in the U.S.—175,000 in print and almost 1 million in monthly unique visitors,” says Freygang. “The amount of divers in that region is equivalent to what’s in the Americas, but in partnering with PADI and marketing to that diving database hopefully, in five to six years, we’ll get to that level.”In advertising, Sport Diver UK is at roughly 600 pages, which is pretty good given the size of its audience, and currently collects about $1.5 million in total revenue.“Our opportunity is really to grow that and go beyond the U.K.,” contends Freygang. “Ultimately we think Germany makes sense as a market to go into, France and Spain.”The magazine’s editorial and advertising staffs will remain intact. Bonnier says plans are in place to have both the U.S. and U.K. teams behind Sport Diver and Sport Diver UK collaborate on future projects with special issues like “World’s Best Diving & Resorts” and an annual “Gear Guide” title.“In pairing, we want to look for content synergies between the brands,” says Freygang.The next step for Bonnier is taking the Sport Diver brand expansion into Europe and strengthening its relationship with PADI in the Asia Pacific market, specifically.“We want to introduce a print product there, so we might look for a partner—Australia probably makes sense,” Freygang says. “For the time being, that’s where our focus will be.” Bonnier Corp. extended its dive market portfolio by acquiring Sport Diver UK, an international magazine that mirrors its own U.S.-based Sport Diver brand. Bonnier CEO Dave Freygang would not divulge the terms of the deal, but did say the move to purchase the title was very strategic in the company’s efforts to grow their U.S. brand’s global presence.Sport Diver UK grows Bonnier’s portfolio of dive market titles including Scuba Diving, The Undersea Journal, produced in partnership with The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), and the digital-only Sport Diver Asia Pacific launched last year.“The opportunity is to take our Sport Diver brand, which we operate as the official publication of the PADI diving society in the Americas, into the Europe, Middle East and Africa region,” Freygang says. “We’ll start in the U.K., which is one of the largest diving communities in that region, and ultimately expand.”Freygang contends it made more sense for Bonnier to acquire Sport Diver UK than it did for Sport Diver to expand into the market unknown, especially considering the name confusion.last_img read more

Wilmington Little League Celebrates WHS Senior Riley Zaya


first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — This is the eleventh (and final) in a series of profiles celebrating the former Wilmington Little League’s seniors playing on the Wilmington High School baseball team. Little League’s motto is courage, character, and loyalty. Through playing with and against each other, these student athletes the embodiment of the motto.Riley ZayaThere is always that one kid who, when you watch them they look like they were born to be a ballplayer.  Riley Zaya is that type of kid.  He always seems to be in the right place, is fundamentally sound, and looks like he belongs on the baseball diamond.   He comes from a family of ballplayers and spent a lot of his formative years with his dad and brother at baseball camps, run by the coach of Reading High. He is also the kind of player who would run through a wall for you. He once gutted out an entire game with a sore arm, never letting the coach know so that he could help his team. Riley is a quick witted kid who knows how to keep everyone loose, but also knows when to buckle down and get serious.Riley began his WLL career in Rookie ball playing for the Yellow Jackets, coached by Fred Russell.  Once on the field, his skills and ability were evident to anyone who saw him play.  That first year on the small diamond was filled with many exciting memories.  He remembers getting his first hit, catching his first popup, turning his first double play, and turning a single into a double.   He remembers how much fun it was go to the field, get dirty and play baseball.Drafted by the Indians as a ten year old, he played his first season under Coach Jim Dee. His final two seasons he played for Coach Fred Russell.  The highlight of his Majors career was getting to play one season with his brother Connor.He was selected to play on the All Star tournament team each of his three seasons.  Other memorable moments included pitching a complete game, getting his first hit as a 10 year old,  and turning a game saving double play during a 11 year old All Star tournament game.  He really enjoyed playing for Coach Russell, and helping the Indians to the playoff semifinals during his final year in the Majors.  Riley played on the Indians with future Wildcats Jack Boyle and Jarred Aucoin.  He also always enjoyed marching in the Opening Day parade and hanging with his friends on the outfield fence watching the other teams play their games.Riley finished his WLL career playing two years in Juniors.  Along with the spring teams, he also played for the Jimmy Fund, Pony, and Northeast teams in the summer. He was a valuable contributor to the first Wilmington Middle School team. He helped lead the Wildcats to a 16-5 record and a trip to the semifinals of the playoffs. He also played on the 2016 Northeast team, which was the first Wilmington team to win a Northeast League Division championship.This will be Riley’s second year playing Varsity Baseball for the Wildcats, having competed at the Freshman and JV level for the his first two years. He was a member of the 2017 Middlesex Freedom division championship team last year.  He also played four years on the WHS Soccer team.Riley is thankful for all the years his mother Claire, Father Tom, brother Connor, and sister Mackenzie made the time to see him play. He is grateful to have gotten the opportunity to play that one year in the Majors with his brother.  He is planning on attending the University of New Hampshire in the fall to study business. (NOTE: The above profile is from Wilmington Little League.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Little League Celebrates WHS Senior Jarred AucoinIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League Celebrates WHS Senior Jack BoyleIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League Celebrates WHS Senior Graham SmithIn “Sports”last_img read more

Asian streaming service Viu looks to grow with more original content


first_img Tags Viu’s latest show, No Sleep No FOMO, features a pan-Asia cast of celebs completing challenges in unknown destinations.  Viu You may not’ve heard of Viu, a Hong Kong-based video streaming service, but it’s already used by 30 million people.That’s a far cry from Netflix’s 137 million, but Viu’s reach is smaller. It’s focused in 17 markets, including South Africa and the company tells me it’s gained 14 million new users just last year alone.Relying primarily on subtitled licensed Korean content, such as dramas and entertainment variety shows, Viu also has Hong Kong content and some of its own originals. But now it’s hoping a new show, No Sleep No FOMO, featuring a pan-regional cast, will catch on.The show is a travelogue, dropping celebrities into unexpected locations around the world, including Switzerland. They’re given 60 hours to complete 60 missions without sleep. The program will feature Singapore-based host Paul Foster and Korean singer and variety star Kim Jong Kook, as well as a slew of celebs from the region.Social media will also play a big part, letting viewers use hashtags to influence the show and create what Viu calls “co-segments.” “Instead of casting a single regional celebrity, we also selected different celebrities and social media stars who can connect with audiences digitally and socially in various segments and countries,” said Janice Lee, managing director of PCCW Media, which operates Viu. “They together account for a remarkable fan base of more than 12 million social media followers apart from Viu’s own 30 million user base.”Lee added that the company plans to focus on social engagement as a way to connect with its “Viu-ers.”nsnf-ep04-01-jpgThe No Sleep No FOMO cast doing a Korean heart sign. Viu Korean programming will still play a big part — Viu partners with Korea’s top five broadcasters: KBS, MBC, SBS, CJ ENM and JTBC. But the company is also teaming with Samsung to get its content to certain markets in Asia, a move similar to marketing efforts by Netflix and Amazon, which involve dedicated buttons on LG remotes.Whether the strategy pays off remains to be seen, but more and more streaming services are pushing into delivering more original content.”We are seeing this an opportunity for us to create more original content as well as localizing pan-regional popular content to offer more relevant content to our viewers,” said Lee.”The growth in both our user base as well as in our revenues from ad-supported and subscription tiers strengthens our belief that we’re on the right track.” 0 Share your voicecenter_img Post a comment TV and Movieslast_img read more

BNP not optimistic about Jaishankars visit


first_imgBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.BNP on Monday said there is no reason for Bangladesh to provide its land to India in Brahmanbaria to expand Agartala airport, reports UNB.”There’ve been media reports about it (India’s desire to use Bangladeshi land in Brahmanbaria). We’re closely observing the matter,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.He further said, “Bangladesh government hasn’t agreed yet, and there’s no question about providing any land. There’s no reason to give our land to any other country.”Fakhrul came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after placing wreaths at BNP founder Ziaur Rahman’s grave along with leaders and activists of Jatiyatabadi Swechchasebak Dal, marking its 39th founding anniversary.Media reports said India wants a piece of Bangladesh’s land in Brahmanbaria to expand the Agartala airport, but the country is yet to make any proposal in this regard.Fakhrul said their party is not ‘optimistic’ about getting any positive outcome to resolve the outstanding problems with India from the visit of its external affairs minister S Jaishankar.”We’ve been hearing for 10-12 years that the Awami League government’s relation with India reached the highest level, but we still didn’t get the fair share of water from the Teesta River. Border killing could not be stopped while no step has been taken to remove the trade deficit with India,” he said.The BNP leader said Bangladesh’s no pending issue with India has so far been resolved. “But India solved its own problems with us. That’s why we can’t be optimistic and we also don’t expect much from this visit.”S Jaishankar is scheduled to arrive in Dhaka on Monday night to discuss bilateral issues and prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s upcoming visit to India.Fakhrul protested prime minister Sheikh Hasina’s remark involving Zia with the assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 15 August 1975, saying the ruling party is trying to distort history.”It’s historical fact that Ziaur Rahman in no way was involved with the assassination. Their people (AL leaders) were involved with it (the murder of Bangabandhu). Those who formed the government and parliament after the assassination were involved with it,” he observed.Fakhrul criticised industries minister Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun as he accused BNP of involving in rawhide disaster, and said the minister made such an imprudent comment to hide his failure.He said the current government has failed to run the country as it lacks people’s mandate. “There’s no representative of people both in the government and parliament. The unelected ministers have nothing to do except making unguarded remarks.”The BNP leader alleged that the government is trying to be the ‘master’ of people by eliminating politics and political parties. “They want the country to be run by a single party, but people won’t let it happen.”He warned that people will surely restore democracy in the country through a movement as they did in the past.last_img read more