10/10/08 – Future, the special interest media group today announces the appointment of Neil Long as the new Editor of its fast-growing Official Nintendo Magazine.
Neil joins Future in November from his role as Editor on MCV – the respected games trade bible, published by Intent Media. A lifelong gaming enthusiast, he got his break in the games industry back in 2004 with fondly remembered games retailer Special Reserve – creating their website and bi-monthly magazine. Moving to MCV in 2005, Neil was promoted to Editor in August 2007, recognising his key role in breaking many of the games industry’s biggest stories.
At Future, Neil will work closely with Publisher and Official Nintendo Magazine veteran, Lee Nutter as they seek to continue its circulation growth. The title posted a massive increase of 27.6% year-on-year to sell 61,159 copies a month in the Jan-June 2008 ABC figures, the bestselling Nintendo title since 2001. Leading the Editorial team, Neil will bring fresh ideas to the magazine and further develop its strong relationship with its readers and the games trade.
Outgoing Editor Chandra Nair leaves Future following a handover with Neil to seek new opportunities in the games industry and further develop his burgeoning music career. He will continue to contribute to Official Nintendo Magazine and other Future projects.
Publisher of Official Nintendo Magazine Lee Nutter said:
“As we seek to continue the phenemonal growth of Official Nintendo Magazine I’m delighted to welcome Neil to our team. With a strong background in the games industry and experience at the helm of a successful trade title, I’m confident he will bring a fresh set of ideas to further develop the magazine.”
Future plc is an international special-interest media group with offices in the UK and US. Founded in 1985 with one magazine, today it creates over 180 special-interest publications, websites and events, with strong portfolios in the games, technology, music, film and active sectors including sports, automotive and crafts. Future exports, syndicates or licenses its publications to 90 countries internationally. The Company employs more than 1,200 people and is listed on the London Stock Exchange (symbol FUTR).
For more information
Will Guyatt, Future UK Media Relations Manager, 01225 822517.