New York, NY (June 14, 2006)–CMP Entertainment Media (CMPE), publisher of Medialine magazine and a host of other entertainment media B2B periodicals (including Pro Sound News), has announced that, effective immediately, Bruce Apar has been named the publisher of Medialine, North America’s decade-old authority on the digital media market.
Apar’s career as a publishing executive, event producer, and industry spokesperson has paralleled the history of home entertainment. In the wake of his influential management roles at both of the video market’s newsweeklies–Variety Group’s Video Business (1989-2000) and Advanstar’s Video Store (2000-2002)–Apar recently ended a highly successful three-year tenure as founding Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Mediaware Magazine, a professional journal that his consultancy, Mediapar, created and launched with the International Recording Media Association (a partner of CMPE’s in the annual Entertainment Media Expo.)
The industry pioneer is credited with authoring the first monthly column on home video (for Videography, a CMPE title that marks its 30th anniversary in 2006), and working on the first Hollywood home video seminar, as well as managing media relations for the U.S. introduction of VHS. He is co-author of two books on video technology, co-creator of Time Magazine’s “Video Person of the Year” honor, and, in 1997, dubbed then-Warner Home Video president Warren Lieberfarb “The Father of DVD” upon the executive’s induction to the Video Hall of Fame.
He is an active figure in media affinity groups, currently serving on the Board of Directors of DVD Association (DVDA), where he writes a blog as DVDJ Mediapar at www.dvda.org, and on the advisory boards of Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, and Coalition for Quality Children’s Media (aka KidsFirst).
“Medialine marks its tenth anniversary amid a sea change in data delivery and entertainment technology,” stated Apar, “so I am coming aboard at the most exciting and challenging time imaginable. I intend to immediately take full advantage of this singular opportunity to help redefine the market in a way that benefits business-to-business buyers and sellers.”
“Bruce’s vast experience and knowledge of the packaged media and entertainment delivery marketplace convinced us he is the person to help lead Medialine, along with editor Terence Keegan, into its second decade,” stated Adam Goldstein, CMP Entertainment Media Group Publisher. “Medialine has always led the industry with thorough analysis of news and trends, and I look forward to Bruce’s contributions to this venerable title.”
Since 2002, under the banner of his consultancy Mediapar, Apar has specialized in business communications that include custom publishing, speechwriting, marketing, event production, and related areas. In addition to creating Mediaware Magazine, he also consulted on conferencing and corporate communications for International Recording Media Association (IRMA), and continues to executive produce the annual DVD Awards with Leonard Maltin. Mediapar clients have included DVD Forum, Digital Hollywood, Rodale Press, Lionsgate Home Entertainment, Intermix Media, Magazine Publishers of America, Deluxe Labs, Clear-Vu Media, The Teaching Company, N.Y. & L.A. DV Shows, and Video Software Dealers Association.
In addition to his Medialine duties, Apar will also be active in Entertainment Media Expo (EMX), the largest North American packaged media event, August 7-9, 2006, at the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City in Universal City, California. EMX is co-produced by CMP Entertainment Media and IRMA.
Apar can be contacted at 212-378-0455 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CMP Entertainment Media (www.cmpemedia.com) produces magazines, books, Web sites, trade shows and events for musicians and the professional audio, video, and installation industries, including Pro Sound News, Guitar Player, Bass Player, Medialine, Systems Contractor News, Keyboard, EQ, Residential Systems, Rental & Staging Systems, Videography, DV, Government Video, Television Broadcast, Digital Cinematography, Sports TV Production, Entertainment Media Expo (co-produced with IRMA), Government Video Technology Expo and Surround 2006.