Executive Changes at HMP

first_imgHealthcare industry publisher HMP Communications has announced a management “realignment” and the creation of a dermatology business division.As part of the realignment, Bill Norton, who formerly served as vice president of meetings and trade shows, has been named president of HMP Communications. Norton replaces Peter Norris, who will now serve as executive vice president and will oversee the company’s wound care and newly-created dermatology division.“We are pleased to say that there are no layoffs as part of this realignment,” Norton wrote in an e-mail to FOLIO:. Steve Gephart, former group publisher of HMP’s long term care division, will now serve as group publisher of the Skin & Aging journal. Gephart also will oversee the creation and development of the company’s newly-created dermatology division, which includes eight events and six newsletters. According to HMP chairman and CEO Paul Mackler, the company must “move at the speed of technological advancements and innovations.” “In order to create a more nimble organization, it is essential that we build an internal infrastructure that is agile and responsive to the specialties we serve.”Earlier this year, HMP broadened its footprint in the medical information and education field by acquiring Princeton Medical Associates. Financial terms were not disclosed.last_img read more

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Rodale Hires President

first_imgRodale has hired former Dow Jones executive, Scott Schulman, as its president—a role left vacant since Steven Pleshette Murphy stepped down as president and CEO in 2009.Maria Rodale, who assumed Murphy’s CEO duties at the time of his departure, had stated her intention to hire both a president and COO in July.Schulman [pictured] had been at Dow Jones for 13 years, most recently as president of corporate markets, before leaving in 2012 amidst a slew of executive changes at the company. Schulman was publisher of The Wall Street Journal Online early in his tenure with Dow Jones, returning the group to profitability by introducing new revenue streams and expanding its subscription model. Todd Larsen, now EVP and group president of Time Inc.’s news and sports group, was also part of last year’s executive shakeup at Dow Jones.Maria Rodale is expected to retain an “active” role as CEO, though it will focus on “broader strategic initiatives” within the company, while Schulman will be responsible for strategy and revenue growth. The COO search has been postponed for the time being.”When I took over as CEO four years ago, I had all aspects of the business reporting directly to me,” Rodale says. “The main purpose of [Schulman’s] role is to have all the brands reporting up to him. He’s really going to be running the brands on a day-to-day basis.””We’re at a place where the company is healthy,” she adds. “I’m not as concerned with the day-to-day operating of the brands. I’m more concerned about how we prepare for the future.”Rodale named several potential revenue-drivers the company could pursue moving forward—new content verticals, e-commerce and events were among them—but says they’re just investigating them at this point. A paid content model like the one Schulman helped pioneer at The Wall Street Journal is also in play, she says. Schulman joins Rodale as the company posted a 12-percent year-over-year increase in ad pages across brands in the first half of 2013.Among its larger titles, Men’s Health (up 24.8 percent), Women’s Health (up 26.9 percent) and Runner’s World (up 14.3 percent) each saw significant growth, per PIB. Its smaller magazines, including Runner’s World (up 0.5 percent) and Bicycling (down 1.9 percent) were relatively flat however. Overall, the company says its projecting record ad revenues for 2013.”Rodale has an inspiring mission, compelling content, an impressive customer base, and multiple distribution platforms,” Schulman says in a statement. “I’m thrilled to partner with Maria and the entire Rodale family, as well as its immensely talented brand leaders, to build upon the company’s legacy and its unprecedented success of the past year.” Schulman will officially begin on Oct. 28.last_img read more

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Worlds first Chromebook Enterprise from Dell took close to 2 years to

first_imgDell Latitude 5400 Chromebook Enterprise. Sarah Tew/CNET Chromebooks — laptops that run on Google’s Chrome OS — are a growing part of the global PC market. The devices have consumed a large part of the education market in the past few years and have steadily pushed into the business world. Dell announced Monday the world’s first Chromebook Enterprise two-in-one and laptop to help solidify Chrome OS’ business presence.The two devices are designed to satisfy the IT execs faced with a new world that demands choice, said Brett Hansen, VP of Dell client software and general manager data security. “They want to be able to choose environments that make the most sense for either my organization, my department or even an individual.” Within that construct, Dell started conversations with Google about Chrome.Google had been talking with many businesses that wanted their workforce both using the cloud and a modern operating system, said Eve Phillips, Google’s group product manager for Chrome OS Commercial. “Things get lost, they’re not secure, real laptops get left places, for all of these reasons — for end users and IT — there are tons of benefits” for moving to a cloud-based OS.”At the same time,” Phillips added, “organizations also want to take advantage of what the cloud offers without throwing away everything they’ve got.”04-dell-latitude-5300-2-in-1-chromebook-enterpriseDell Latitude 5300 two-in-one Chromebook Enterprise. Sarah Tew/CNET Chromebook Enterprise aims to solve this from a software perspective with both Chrome OS and the enterprise features it enables, as well as combining it with the hardware, support and sale infrastructure from Dell. “It’s bringing all of the pieces together that organizations have grown to expect along with the modern OS of Chrome devices,” Phillips said.Dell and Google have been working on the extensive joint effort for close to two years. “To really get the benefits of both companies, there were things we had to do differently,” Phillips said. Those included integrating the security of verified boot and Google’s boot security chip into the hardware as well as enabling all of Dell’s support infrastructure.03-dell-latitude-5400-chromebook-enterprise Sarah Tew/CNET For Dell’s part, in addition to its hardware and support, the company is making broader adoption easier. “Right out of the gate we’re going to sell this in 50 countries and we’ll have 10 different keyboard languages,” Hansen said. And then there are the two devices themselves — a traditional clamshell and a two-in-one — which are designed as mainstream devices developed for a larger workforce.Built for durability, they’re made from carbon fiber and can be easily serviced by an IT department. They’re also highly configurable with everything from a Celeron up to eighth-generation Intel Core processors, up to 32GB of DDR4 memory and enterprise-class PCIe NVMe SSD drives up to 1TB. The 14-inch Latitude 5400’s battery can last up to 20 hours, while the 13-inch Latitude 5300 two-in-one can go for up to 14 hours, depending on configuration and tasks.Other benefits include unified endpoint management with VMware’s Workspace One, a revamped Google Admin panel with significantly faster load times and the option to enable managed Linux environments on Chromebooks.The Latitude 5400 price will start at $699 and the Latitude 5300 starts at $819. Both are available on Aug. 27. 35 best battery life laptops Comment Computers Now playing: Watch this: Tags 37 Photos Correction, 2 p.m. PT: Corrected the number of keyboard languages. 1 1:26 How to use Android Instant Tethering Share your voice Chrome OS Dell Google Intellast_img read more

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Car rams into soldiers outside Paris six injured

first_imgOfficials and rescuers gather near vehicles after a car slammed into soldiers on patrol in Levallois-Perret, outside Paris. Photo: AFPA car slammed into soldiers on patrol outside Paris on Wednesday, injuring six people, two of them seriously, police said.The vehicle took off after the incident, which took place at about 8:00 am (0600 GMT) in the northwestern suburb of Levallois-Perret.Police described the incident as an “apparently deliberate act”.France has been under a state of emergency since November 2015 and has seen a string of attacks on security forces who have been regularly targeted, particularly those guarding key tourist sites.An 18-year-old with a history of psychological problems was arrested on Saturday at the Eiffel Tower after brandishing a knife and shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest).He told investigators he wanted to kill a soldier, sources close to the case told AFP.In February, a man armed with a machete attacked four soldiers on patrol at Paris’s Louvre Museum, while in April another extremist shot and killed a policeman on the Champs Elysees.In June, a 40-year-old Algeria doctorate student who had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group attacked a policeman with a hammer outside Notre Dame cathedral.last_img read more

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Rep Berman town hall draws over 40 residents

first_img10May Rep. Berman town hall draws over 40 residents Categories: Berman News,Berman Photos State Rep. Ryan Berman of Commerce Township hosted over 40 community members for a town hall meeting on Thursday to discuss road funding in Michigan. Joining him were special guests Rep. Jack O’Malley, chair of the House Transportation Committee, and Dennis Kolar, Managing Director of the Road Commission for Oakland County (RCOC).“It was encouraging to see so many people engaged and eager to learn more about our current road funding situation in Michigan,” Rep. Berman said. “I appreciated Chair O’Malley and Director Kolar joining us and adding valuable experience to the discussions.”Rep. O’Malley is traveling to different regions of the state discussing road funding directly with local residents. “My goal is to make sure the House Transportation Committee is asking the questions you, the citizens of Michigan, want answered,” Rep. O’Malley said. “I appreciated Rep. Berman’s invitation, as it allowed me to share some of our findings with residents of Oakland County as well as listen directly to their ideas and concerns regarding fixing our roads.”The town hall took place on Thursday, May 9 at Commerce Township Community Library in Commerce Township.Rep. Berman and his guests provided an update on current road funding discussions, a brief summary on the history of road funding in Michigan and thoughts on potential options to improve the quality of our infrastructure around the state. They also discussed innovative and cost saving ideas being tested or utilized throughout Michigan and North America.For more information on items highlighted during the event and to stay up to date on road funding discussions, contact Rep. Berman’s office by calling (517) 373-1799 or by email at RyanBerman@house.mi.gov.State Rep. Ryan Berman of Commerce Township addresses the topic of road funding in Michigan at his local town hall meeting.last_img read more

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Danny Fenton The TV industry is overwhelmingly bac

first_imgDanny FentonThe TV industry is overwhelmingly backing Great Britain to remain in Europe, as the country’s public today vote on whether or not to leave the European Union.Numerous other industry figures have come out in support of remaining. These include Sony Pictures Television’s format chief Wayne Garvie, former BBC director of television Danny Cohen and industry veteran Lorraine Heggessey, while Barbara Broccoli, Nira Park, Matthew Vaughn and David Heyman are among those from 23 major producers to sign a letter warning against a leave vote.In general, TV companies believe their business will be negatively affected by a leave vote, with many suggesting international coproduction will be hit by such a result.“Brexit would not only be commercially bad news for British producers but creatively too,” said Zig Zag Productions CEO Danny Fenton. “Subject matter would naturally become more narrow and likewise the potential for co production with European Broadcasters would follow suit.“The European Broadcast Union of which the UK is part, controls everything from Eurovision to the Euros and is supported by the EU. If Brexit happens it will directly affect what we watch and what British broadcasters can afford to fund unilaterally.”British producers’ body Pact does not officially have a position on the vote, but told DTVE sister title TBI a poll of its members showed 85% wanted Britain to remain in the EU, with the rest backing an exit.K7 Media, the Manchester-based programme trends analyst, said that it “goes without saying” that companies whose business is largely international and with many European partners would support staying in the Union.“Part of the purpose of that community is to support trade. Our business has never been exposed to any of the so-called red tape espoused by the Leave campaign: for us, trading within Europe is seamless,” said K7 managing director Keri Lewis Brown.“The creative industries are, undoubtedly, an important part of the UK economy. We must not put any barriers in the way of those companies competing on an international basis. I will be voting to remain.”K7’s projects director, Phil Birchenall added the EU had made “vast” investments in training and development of UK creative industries. “Are we really convinced that such investment would come directly from a UK government in the outcome of a leave decision?” he said.Earlier this week, Argonon Group became the first UK-based production company to come out in support of a remain vote, saying “it is a powerful and distinct advantage for the UK to be seated at the top table of one of the world’s three largest economies – Europe, USA and China”Argonon pointed to Pact stats that show a third of all UK programme exports, worth £330 million go to Europe; and suggested it would be harder to raise finance, coproduce and compete for international talent with EU creative and media funding.“I am a passionate Brit and I love Britain,” said Argonon CEO Burstall. “I also feel a personal, professional and moral responsibility to make our view clear because I believe this to be in the best interests of Argonon and its people, the UK film and television industry and indeed the UK as a whole.”The debate over Britain’s place in Europe has become increasingly bitter, with the result having lasting ramifications for Britain.last_img read more

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Sky Deutschlands latest original drama will come

first_imgSky Deutschland’s latest original drama will come from 4 Blocks producer Wiedemann & Berg Television.Der Pass will run to eight episodes, based on thriller novels from Cyrill Boss and Philipp Stennert and set in the Alps.Sky noted its story is “inspired by the motifs of the Danish-Swedish success story The Bridge [Bron]”, which is considered a seminal television Nordic noir.Wiedemann & Berg is coproducing alongside Vienna-based EPO-Film Produktionges, with Austrian writer Mike Majzen supporting Boss and Stennert, who also direct.Regional media fund FFF Bayern is providing €700,000 to the budget.Endemol Shine Germany-backed Wiedemann & Berg is the prodco behind spy movie Lives of Others, and is making Netflix’s first German original, Dark.Shooting will begin in the autumn of this year ahead of a broadcast debut on Sky’s pay TV platforms in Germany and Austria in the 2018/19 season.The story will follow a pair of investigators from Germany and Austria respectively, who come together after a symbolically placed corpse to found on the mountainous border of the two countries.“With Der Pass, Sky customers can look forward to the next extraordinary original German production for Sky, and as great fans of the Danish-Swedish Bridge, we are looking forward to a similarly complex [story], and are looking forward to working with Wiedemann & Berg as well as Cyrill Boss and Philipp Stennert,” said Marcus Ammon, Sky Deutchland’s senior VP of film and entertainment.last_img read more

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