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Human Resources plots aggressive regional expansion

B2B media and events brand Human Resources has announced an ambitious regional expansion plan involving print & digital media, conferences and awards shows. To date, the 10-year old brand has confined much of its activity in Singapore but from 2015 the brand seeks to roll out its products in Hong Kong, Malaysia and the Philippines.

“In September last year we made the decision to pursue the opportunity Human Resources had to own the HR space in Asia so we made some personnel changes and put a bold plan together,” said Justin Randles, publisher of Human Resources. “We’ve doubled the size of the team, upgraded our planning processes and invested in our products – now we’re working hard and we’re looking forward to seeing what we can achieve.”

In print, Human Resources magazine will now be published in Hong Kong and Malaysia as well as Singapore, as will the daily email newsletter, HR Bulletin. The very successful HR Excellence Awards has expanded north from Singapore and Malaysia to include Hong Kong and the brand new Asia Recruitment Awards has been launched in all three markets.

On the conference front, flagship event Talent Management Asia will also be rolled out in Malaysia and Hong Kong as will Training & Development Asia and Employee Benefits Asia. Four new invitation-only, 1-day “Interactive” conferences have been launched – Workforce Mobility Interactive, Recruitment Interactive, HR Tech Interactive, and Employee Healthcare Interactive – and will run in Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia. Human Resources’ exclusive, in-residence retreat, the HR Leaders Summit, has been expanded and will run again at the Angsana Laguna beach resort in Phuket in May.

In addition, Human Resources has signed a licence agreement with Learning Curve Inc in Manila to launch the brand’s media and event products in the Philippines market. More license deals are in the pipeline for Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia.

WOW Philippines to launch in April 2015

SINGAPORE– C! PUBLISHING AND MEDIA GROUP, a leading publisher in the Philippines, is set to launch the Filipino edition of WOW (World of Watches) in April 2015. The C! Group has been publishing the independent premium automotive monthly “C! Magazine” for thirteen years and has been publishing the premium independent watch and luxury monthly “Calibre Magazine” for ten years. The group also produces specialist publications and events.

WOW is owned by HEART MEDIA in Singapore and is the country’s premier and most widely read luxury watch publication. The title has regional editions in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam. As part of a licensing agreement, C! PUBLISHING AND MEDIA GROUP will expand the publication’s reach in the Philippines, serving watch collectors with the latest trends and features on the timepieces that they love. WOW Philippines will be a special quarterly magazine published in English, bringing a regional view to the Philippine market alongside the established independent monthly Calibre Magazine. 

HEART MEDIA to launch L'OFFICIEL Malaysia next year

Heart Media, South-East Asia’s leading luxury publisher, has announced that it will launch the Malaysian edition of the iconic fashion magazine L’OFFICIEL in September 2015.

Owned by Paris-based Jalou Media Group, this acclaimed and award-winning French title L'OFFICIEL, renowned for its focus on high-end fashion and luxury lifestyle, was first launched in France over 90 years ago, and is now published in over 30 different countries around the world. Today, L'OFFICIEL stands as the ultimate fashion reference around the world.

Heart Media is the publisher of 8 fashion and luxury lifestyle titles including L’OFFICIEL Singapore. Led by the highly talented Jumius Wong, L'OFFICIEL Singapore has proven to be a major success on the magazine scene and is today regarded as Singapore’s leading high fashion magazine.

Benjamin Eymere, Chief Executive Officer of Jalou Media Group said, “With a projected GDP growth of close to 6% in 2014, a population of 30 Million and a rising upper-middle class, Malaysia is establishing itself as a fashion and luxury shopping hub. True to its DNA, L’OFFICIEL is catering for sophisticated, wealthy and demanding consumers savvy with the latest fashion, jewellery & beauty news. Following the highly successful operation of L'OFFICIEL Singapore, we trust that Heart Media who has established itself strongly throughout the region, will launch and position L’OFFICIEL Malaysia as a leading title in the country.”

Added Olivier Burlot, CEO & Publisher at Heart Media, “L’OFFICIEL is one of the most respected fashion titles in the World. We are honoured to be launching the Malaysia edition in 2015. Heart Media has proven that it can attract strong and creative journalistic talents; it has also shown that it can successfully extend the distribution of its titles to qualified and well-targeted readers. L’OFFICIEL Malaysia will benefit from such expertise and the strong track record of the Heart Media team in the publishing field.”

The September 2015 issue of L’OFFICIEL Malaysia will be the launch issue with a print-run of 25,000 copies. Acclaimed fashion houses, high-end cosmetic brands and leading international jewellers have already committed to advertise in the launch issue, which demonstrates a strong and definite sign of confidence in the team behind the launch of L’OFFICIEL Malaysia.

WOW THAILAND magazine to debut in December 2014

WOW Thailand

MASS Connect Ltd, a leading publisher in Thailand, is set to launch the Thai edition of WOW (World of Watches) in December 2014.

Owned by HEART MEDIA in Singapore, WOW is Singapore’s premier and most widely read luxury watch publication with regional editions in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam. As part of a licensing agreement, MASS Connect will expand the publication’s reach in Thailand, serving watch collectors in Thailand’s major cities with the latest trends and features on the timepieces that they love. WOW Thailand will be a quarterly bilingual magazine (Thai / English languages).

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Stars of Singapore’s Media Publishing Industry crowned at MPAS Awards 2014

SINGAPORE - Close to 200 guests, including judges, sponsors and members of the Singapore’s magazine industry attended the Media Publishers Association Singapore (MPAS) Awards 2014 held last evening at Rendezvous Hotel Singapore. The awards recognise best practices and top talents within Singapore’s magazine publishing industry. 

Said Raymond Wong, President, Media Publishers Association Singapore, “This year we have increased the number of award categories from 17 to 30, with the majority of new categories being digital focused. This highlights the current realities of the industry, whereby the online medium is an integral part of magazine content distribution.”

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