Future, the special-interest media group, has today announced a series of editorial appointments across its Nintendo portfolio and the creation of a brand-new Editor-in-Chief role as it positions itself for the launch of a new console and a busy 2011.
In recognition of his work in developing Official Nintendo Magazine and Future’s growing Nintendo portfolio, Neil Long is made Editor-in-Chief, and takes on additional responsibilities. Neil joined Future in 2008 from leading games industry trade magazine, MCV.
Working closely with Publisher, Lee Nutter – Neil will oversee Official Nintendo Magazine, NGamer and the company’s roster of special projects, including the regular Girl Gamer collaboration with Panini UK and the recently launched Wii on-console Nintendo TV channel. Neil will be involved in new product development for the portfolio with Future’s senior creative team.
Following the departure of Nick Ellis, Charlotte Martyn becomes Associate Editor of the company’s Bath-based independent Nintendo title, NGamer. An industry veteran, Charlotte has worked for both Official Nintendo Magazine and NGamer since joining Future in 2005 from Highbury’s GamesTM.
Steve Hogarty returns to Future to become Deputy Editor of Official Nintendo Magazine. Hogarty spent five years working through the ranks of the recently-departed PC Zone, leaving his role as Acting Editor to become Editor-in-Chief of Nordic games site, GameReactor.
Lee Nutter, Publisher of Future’s Nintendo portfolio, said: “This is an important step forward for our Nintendo portfolio and prepares us for a busy 2011, which sees the launch of a new console and some key game releases. With Neil, Charlotte and Steve spearheading our efforts across all of our Nintendo brands we’ve never been stronger – and we’re looking forward to growing the portfolio.”
Neil Long, Editor-in-Chief of Future’s Nintendo portfolio, added: “Future’s Nintendo portfolio is already market-leading, with two quality magazines, our print specials and the recent move into on-console media with Nintendo TV. Charlotte’s promotion is well-deserved and Steve’s return to Future means we can work hard on expanding and improving our portfolio and further strengthening our superb relationship with Nintendo.”
Future plc (futureplc.com) is an international special-interest media group, listed on the London Stock Exchange (symbol FUTR). Founded in 1985 with one magazine, today we have operations in the UK, US and Australia creating over 180 special-interest publications, websites and events. We hold market-leading positions in games, film, music, technology, cycling, automotive and crafts. Our biggest-selling magazines include T3, Total Film, Classic Rock, Guitar World and Official Xbox Magazine. Our websites include gamesradar.com, bikeradar.com, and techradar.com. Future sells more than 3 million magazines each month; we attract more than 20 million unique visitors to our websites; and we host 27 annual live events. In addition, Future exports or syndicates publications to 90 countries, making us the UK’s number one exporter and licensor of monthly magazines.