On 1 June, the GANSKE VERLAGSGRUPPE took over art publisher HATJE CANTZ from Ostfildern near Stuttgart. The takeover of HATJE CANTZ enabled the publishing group to strengthen its portfolio of companies in the areas of art books, collectors’ catalogues, graphics, design and photography, where it has been operating for many years with the mail-order book stores FRÖLICH & KAUFMANN and ARTSERVICE, as well as the magazines A&W ARCHITEKTUR & WOHNEN and MERIAN. Publisher Thomas Ganske commented on the takeover as follows: “The company HATJE CANTZ is an ideal fit with our sophisticated and long-standing expertise on the subjects of art, design and photography”. The publishing group succeeded in purchasing the publisher in the face of tough competition from several other prospective purchasers.

In the travel guide market, the publishing group’s subsidiary company GVG TRAVEL MEDIA GmbH took over the German-language operations in the travel-guide sector of the brands POLYGLOTT and APA from the Langenscheidt publishing group. Board Member responsible for books Frank-H. Häger explained: “We are expanding our quality portfolio with the Polyglott and APA travel guides in German and we will become one of the market leaders in the travel-guide sector.” The assistant to Board Member Frank-H. Häger, Tanja Punnanchira (29), took over responsibility for publishing management of GVG TRAVEL MEDIA GmbH on 1 December.

HOFFMANN UND CAMPE VERLAG and public broadcaster NDR saluted HoCa-author Siegfried Lenz, one of Germany’s most important authors, with a Matinée in Hamburg to celebrate his 85th birthday. Federal President Christian Wulff was a special guest and speaker, and praised the author alongside publisher Thomas Ganske. Former Federal Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, Hamburg’s First Mayor Olaf Scholz and the writers Günter Grass, Ulla Hahn, Brigitte Kronauer, Karl-Heinz Ott and Jan Christophersen, as well as actors Axel Milberg and Jan Fedder congratulated the guest of honour. HoCa author Ulrich Wickert moderated the event. The town of Ełk (formerly Lyck) conferred honorary citizenship to celebrate the publishing and literary commitment of Siegfried Lenz towards promoting peaceful coexistence between Germany and Poland.

At a reception, publisher Thomas Ganske, the Chairman of the publishing group, and the Ganske family bade farewell to Hermann Schmidt when he left the Group for retirement after 20 years as Managing Director in the Group’s companies. Before an audience of more than 160 guests from publishers, press wholesalers and business, Thomas Ganske thanked him for his loyalty and for his professional commitment in the companies, his support for freedom of the press and an independent wholesale system and forestablishing the Arbeitskreis Mittelständischer Verlage, AMV (working group for small and medium-sized publishers): “I would like to thank you for your commitment to the GANSKE VERLAGSGRUPPE, for the time we have spent together, and for the numerous manifestations of shared convictions,” commented publisher Thomas Ganske.

The Julius Campe Prize, awarded by HOFFMANN UND CAMPE VERLAG in 2011 for the tenth time, went to the publisher and moderator Roger Willemsen. Afra, the new novel by Andrea Maria Schenkel, was scheduled for publication by HOFFMANN UND CAMPE in spring 2012. The new HoCa author launched her fast-moving and widely praised thriller debut with Tannöd in 2006. She topped the bestseller lists with her new novel for weeks and her success was celebrated with a string of awards.

In August, Dr Christian Kopp (42) became Commercial Director at GRÄFE UND UNZER, Europe’s biggest publisher offering advice on a variety of subjects. Previously, Kopp was Managing Director of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Augsburg. He had already worked for the Munich publisher between 2000 and 2004, and was responsible for Finance and Controlling.

The audiobook series “Art to Hear” from HATJE CANTZ VERLAG ranked among the 2011 Prizewinners in the initiative “Germany – Land of Ideas”,which was under the patronage of Federal President Christian Wulff. This was the sixth year of celebration and awards for German companies “which are leading the way with their inventiveness, creative passion and visionary concepts” – and they include HATJE CANTZ.

Innovation in marketing media services: JAHRESZEITEN VERLAG and the companies Vision Media, Family Media and Madame Verlag established the marketing company BM BRAND MEDIA with registered office in Hamburg. The new company was established with the aim of bundling the media packages of the companies. In December, the Federal Antitrust Office  gave the green light for the company. The future marketing company generated total gross sales revenues of 86 million euros with its portfolio of 25 quality magazines and digital packages (Nielsen 01 - 09/2011).

Mariette Admeit (42), previously Director Media Sales at JAHRESZEITEN VERLAG, and Alexander Kratz (42), previously Managing Director for Marketing at Vision Media and Managing Director of Madame Verlag in Munich were appointed Managing Directors of the company.

FÜR SIE, the classic women’s magazine from JAHRESZEITEN VERLAG, was relaunched following a conceptual redesign on 1 February, with a clearer structure, wider range of subjects and more luxurious visual profile. The revitalised world of thematic content, language of imagery and writing style wereoptimally matched with modern women aged between 35 and 49 years, as well as with those women who remain young at heart. The editorial team and the publisher celebrated the revamp with around 100 decision-makers from the media sector, important multiplicators and partners from agencies and companies in Hamburg’s Poletto Winebar. Sabine Fäth (44) was appointed as the new Editor-in-Chief of FÜR SIE. Previously, she headed the weekly women’s titles Tina and bella and was Editor-in-Chief of Laura for many years.  Women’s magazine classic FÜR SIE was also proliferating: The collected expert knowledge from half a century flowed into the new Line Extension “Genießer Edition” (epicurean edition). The first edition appeared in magazine format with the theme “Mediterranean Cuisine” and had 148 pages.

The magazine PRINZ, distributed in 13 German urban regions, waslaunchedon the market with a more contemporary look and a new concept in September. Jörg Schumacher (37) took over as Editor-in-Chief of PRINZ. The magazine – published in a convenient city format (168 x 223 millimetres) in a print-run of 220,000 copies – continued to build on its successful service-oriented approach refined over many years: with new categories and service packages. Readers now received vouchers valued at 60 euros every month based on the motto: “Schnapp Dir Deine Stadt” (have a ball in your city). The new concept developed by the publisher and editorial team transformed the magazine into a helpful companion for Germany’s 13 urban regions.

When JAHRESZEITEN VERLAG founded VITAL more than 40 years ago, it established the new segment of feel-good magazines and the magazine was still defending the top position as it published the 500th edition of the magazine in 2011. As Germany’s biggest feel-good magazine for women, VITAL created a clear, independent and inimitable profile that clearly set it apart from the competition with a focus on the three core competences of Beauty, Nutrition and Health. Katja Burckhardt (48), took over as Editor-in-Chief, having already had a stint in the same position between 2002 and 2006.

The magazine Germany´s next Topmodel - Das offizielle Magazin was to be published by JAHRESZEITEN VERLAG and it presented a particularly special idea: each issue was being published with 6 different cover pictures of the candidates appearing in the Heidi Klum TV show.

Dr. Ingo Kohlschein (35) took over responsibility for publishing management of women’s magazines FÜR SIE and VITAL. He replaced Kim Krawehl (30) who held this position on a temporary basis from 1 July 2011. Kim Krawehl moved simultaneously to take responsibility as publishing manager of HOFFMANN UND CAMPE Corporate Publishing and her role there included support for the customers Evonik Industries and RAG Aktiengesellschaft.

The awards for the magazines, books and apps from HOFFMANN UND CAMPE Corporate Publishing also highlighted the market leadership of the company. In 2011, the company again ranked among the most awarded providers andits crop of awards included one gold, two bronzes and 17 Awards of Excellence at the International Corporate Media Award (ICMA). The publisher also received five awards at the iF Communication Design Award 2012 for its corporate media. The CP service provider won a total of eleven prizes at the US Spotlight Awards and was positioned among the developers of the Top 100 Communication Materials of 2011 with seven nominations. There was also good reason to celebrate at the award ceremony of the AutoVision International Automotive Film and Multimedia Festival 2011: The BMW Magazine iPad App 1/2011 was awarded an OttoCar in Gold and the Grand Prix in the category Interactive/Multimedia/Online productions. At the Red Dot Award: Communication Design 2011, theBMW Magazine iPad App 1/2011 was awarded a Red Dot: Best of the Best award in the category Interface Design. At the Best of Corporate Publishing (BCP),HOFFMANN UND CAMPE Corporate Publishing posted their best result ever in the history of the publishing house. A total of six corporate media from the publisher were awarded Gold at Europe’s biggest and most important competition in the corporate publishing sector, another twelve titles won a silver trophy. HOFFMANN UND CAMPE Digital was established with the aim of supporting customers even more intensively with digital products in future. New customers were also acquired: The residential-property company VIVAWEST created by the merger of Evionik Immobilien and THS launched a magazine for its lessees. bei uns was distributed to all the apartments managed by VIVAWEST in a print run of 140,000 copies. The staff newsletter Unter uns alsocomes from the HoCa CP stable.

Werner Severin was the new King of German Homemakers and DIY Enthusiasts. The 51-year-old resident of Cologne won the big German competition – which is held by DIY magazine SELBER MACHEN, BAUHAUS AG, ALPINA FARBEN and SUZUKI each year.

The surprise in the 4th Riesling Cup awarded by culinary magazine DER FEINSCHMECKER: For the second time in succession, local vineyard Hermann Dönnhoff won the coveted trophy for the best dry German Riesling. DER FEINSCHMECKER Editor-in-Chief Madeleine Jakits handed over the prize to wine grower Helmut Dönnhoff at a major Wine Gala in Munich’s hotel Bayerischer Hof. The magazine awarded Dieter Kosslik, Chef at the Berlinale, the prestigious title of Wine Gourmet of the Year.

Arne Krüger (*1929), the former publisher of FEINSCHMECKER magazine and one of the most successful and influential authors of cookery books at GRÄFE UND UNZER VERLAG, passed away at the age of 81. When he invented the convenient “Kochkarten” (cookery cards), Arne Krüger revolutionised the market for cook books and ensured sales of editions numbering millions of copies for GRÄFE UND UNZER VERLAG.

A&W Architektur & Wohnen, Germany’s trendsetting lifestyle and design magazine, published the first independent book magazine in cooperation with Berlin publisher FRÖLICH & KAUFMANN Verlag and Versand GmbH. This was first launched in the marketplace together with the December/January issue of A&W (no. 6/2011). FRÖLICH & KAUFMANN is Europe’s biggest specialist mail-order company for art books and catalogues.

www.ticcats.de, the ticket search portal for live events started with innovative social media functions in the second half-year of 2011. The ticcats Eventfinder Facebook App facilitated ticket searches with price comparison also on Facebook. Ticcats makes the most of the opportunities offered by social networks: concert recommendations are based on the musical preferences of users.

GRÄFE UND UNZER presented its new Apps and eBooks for the first time at the Frankfurt Book Fair.GU Apps on health were already available in the Appstore for iPhone and iPod touch. Homoeopathy has consistently headed the list of bestselling apps in the Medicine category. By the end of 2011, a total of 11 GU Apps were launched in this field. The core of the development work was currently focused on the GU recipe apps “Pasta”, “Vegetarian Cookery”, “Pumpkin Recipes”, “Cocktails” and “Italian Cuisine” each including 50 of the recipes selected by the GU editorial team with guaranteed success. The publisher perceived no threat from competition with its own range of books. “We are generally catering for very different target groups and new ones as well with apps,” emphasised Annette Beetz, Managing Director of Marketing and Sales. In December, GU launched recipes ideally matched with the cold season of the year. The apps “Raclette & Fondue”, “Schokolade & Pralinen” (chocolate and pralines) and “Cocktails” each take the 50 best recipes to iPhone and iPod touch.

JAHRESZEITEN VERLAG debuted six of its twelve magazines on the iPad this year and launched apps for all its titles during the course of the year.

Dr. Ralf Ueding (46) joined the executive management of  SCHNEEMENSCHEN GmbH in Zweibrücken as iPUBLISH Managing Director alongside Martin Iwanski on 1 August. He has retained his function as Managing Director of iPUBLISH in Hamburg. Promptly at the start of the year’s cold season, Schneehoehen.de presented its winter sport information in a new design and launched its big ski resort test at the beginning of the season. Selected ski resorts were rigorously inspected on the ground by expert ski resort testers in the 2011 winter season. Alongside the ski resort test, current results, entries and videos from the tests were posted on the new blog of Schneehoehen.de.

iPUBLISH supplied the Internet portal POIbase with PREMIUM content from MERIAN scout for mobile and fixed navigation systems. These included the PRINZ Nightlife Guide, the MERIAN scout Travel Guides with travel tips on the most important tourist destinations and DER FEINSCHMECKER Guide with recommendations for the best restaurants and hotels throughout Europe.

The editorial travel web site of merian.de will be supported in future by 4SEASONS DIGITAL.NET, after being designed by Spiegel online for a number of years. 4SEASONS DIGITL.NET is a subsidiary company of JAHRESZEITEN VERLAG and is responsible for the company’s digital packages. The technical implementation of merian.de was carried out by Hamburg advertising agency for programming and search-machine optimisation intosite GmbH.

Sustainable browsing: green electricity powers LESERKREIS DAHEIM, Europe’s biggest rental magazine company. The Düsseldorf pioneer in green electricity supplied all 24 service branches of the company throughout Germany and contributed to generating further ecological improvements in sustainable, multiple uses for magazines. LESERKREIS DAHEIM (LKD) is also testing the deployment of electric vehicles in Hamburg for delivery of reading packages. LKD was one of a total of 20 major Hamburg companies and institutions to receive a vehicle under the electromobile Project “HH WISE” (Hamburger Wirtschaft setzt auf Electromobilität – Hamburg business is committed to e-mobility) promoted by the Federal Transport Ministry.

Gertrud Schäfer (49) was appointed Managing Director of PSG PREMIUM SALES GERMANY in Hamburg in July 2011. She succeeded Hermann Schmidt and started working at the publishing group in 2008.

The Arbeitskreises Mittelständischer Verlage AMV e.V. (working group for small and medium-sized companies) unanimously appointed journalist and Editor-in-Chief of weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT, Giovanni di Lorenzo, as this year’s prizewinner of the AMV Sally Award and presented him with the award at a ceremony in Hamburg.

A project carried out by the Institute for Management at the University of Koblenz-Landau and RHENANIA BuchVersand GmbH & Co. KG demonstrated that academic aspiration and practical application are not mutually exclusive. New and efficient customer recommendation programmes were developed and put into practice.

The sales experts at PSG PREMIUM SALES GERMANY gained two new magazines as customers: the high-circulation golfing magazine GOLFTIME, which had previously been looked after by Burda Medien Vertrieb GmbH, and AZUR, the cruise magazine.


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