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GT – THE NEXT CHAPTER

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GT Magazine (Gay Times) unveiled a complete re-design and new look, which was showcased for the first time at a star-studded party in central London.

Darren Scott, GT’s Editor, explains: “GT hit the big 3-0 last year and we decided it was time for a new look to mark the occasion. The magazine is still full of everything our readers love as well as more features, interviews, columnists and an updated design and we’re excited for it to be finally out there for all to read”.

GT’s redesigned November edition sees YouTube sensation, Joey Graceffa grace the cover and contains all new features and articles from the likes of politician Baron Waheed Alli, pop star Jaymi Hensley, renowned journalist Patrick Strudwick and TV star Charlie King. The new GT is also packed with interviews, including with superstar Grace Jones, Dr Who actor Mark Gatiss, RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Michelle Visage and girl group, Little Mix.

Simon Topham, GT’s CEO, commented: “GT is an iconic magazine that has been at the forefront of LGBT life, not just in the UK but around the world, for decades. This new look gives us the chance to celebrate where we have come from as well as look forward to a brand new chapter in our story. We hope our readers are excited as we are!”

GT serves the gay community with news, travel, style, features, big name interviews and more, helping to connect millions to the LGBT world every year. The magazine re-launches alongside its website www.gaytimes.co.uk and the digital magazine, available from http://gtdigi.co.uk/.

Ben Gardner, Commercial Director, added: “As the world’s number one gay title, GT has an unrivalled and highly engaged reader base – both online and in print. This rebrand has allowed us to focus our offering to not only gave readers more of what they want, but also provide our commercial partners with a content-rich and enhanced platform to reach this influential global audience.”

The magazine hosted a party in partnership with Infiniti to unveil its new look and celebrate more than three decades on magazine stands, in digital and online. For the event, GT went back to its roots by hosting the party in its old stomping ground of Camden, London, where the original magazine offices were located. Against the exotic back drop of Shaka Zulu restaurant, guests including Katie Price, Joe McElderry, Sam Callahan and Charlie Condou enjoyed bespoke cocktails from Stoli Vodka while DJ Phil Clifton from Radio X entertained on the decks.

Atlantic Tempest

GT partners “world first” live stream

We’re delighted to announce that our  flagship magazine GT (Gay Times), as of June 2015,  will become media partners with rowing team Atlantic Tempest, who this December set off from The Canary Islands for a grueling 3000 mile row to Antigua across the Atlantic taking part in the Talisker Atlantic Challenge – ‘The World’s Toughest Row’


The ultimate test of mental and physical endurance it will see Nick and Tom
cross the Atlantic powered only by themselves, burning over 10,000 calories
each every day and requiring over 1 million strokes whilst at sea for
between 50 to 90 days. and all in a boat measuring just 9m long and 1.6m
wide.

In a world first they will be broadcasting live from their self powered
Atlantic row, inviting the world to jump aboard with them and find out
exactly what an adventure on the Atlantic feels like, sharing their highs,
lows and progress across the Atlantic in real time and with no holds barred.

GT through its magazine and unprecedented online audience reach, will help
Atlantic Tempest with campaign awareness and fundraising initiatives for the
charities they are supporting over the next year, mainly through editorial,
advertising, digital marketing and in-magazine support.
Tom Parker of Atlantic Tempest said “We are delighted to have GT on board,
their support and global audience will be great for us going forward as we
move to race day. With full access to the Atlantic Tempest team, they have
some exciting plans for our partnership and a special photoshoot lined up
for readers later in the year. their readers will really get to know us very
well indeed!”


Ben Gardner MPG Commercial Director commented “We are honoured to have
secured the opportunity to be media partners for the Atlantic Tempest Team.
Their drive and passion not only to complete this challenge but also make a
significant contribution to their chosen charities is inspiring and
exemplary. The fact that this is a “world first” to have live streaming,
enabling our global audience to follow them every step of the way made it a
compelling partnership we could not miss out on.” 


Darren Scott Editor of Gay Times (GT) added “How could we refuse two
handsome men, all alone in the ocean? And naked, no less! Well, it would be
rude not to lend a hand… It’s great to be able to support Nick and Tom on
their journey, and to be able to help bring that journey to such a large
audience, who will hopefully dig deep for Sussex Beacon, Barnardos and Grand
Appeal. I’m glad that Gay Times can play a part.”


Visit their website www.atlantic-tempest.com where you will find out more
about Tom, Nick and their team as well as about the race and their
charitable causes. You will also find them on Facebook and Twitter
‘AtlanticTempest’.

Atlantic Tempest

MPG media partners with Stonewall

We are delighted to announce that, as of March, Stonewall will become its newest charity partner.

MPG, via its magazines (GT and DIVA) and stores (Prowler and Expectations), and through its unprecedented audience reach, will help Stonewall with campaign awareness and fundraising initiatives for LGBTQ equality over the next year, mainly through editorial, advertising, digital marketing and in-store support.

Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive of Stonewall said ”I am delighted with this partnership and look forward to working with MPG on our forthcoming campaigns. Having MPG on board to provide us with their support and reach will be great for us going forward.”

Kim Watson Media & Marketing Director commented “We look forward to working on some great campaigns in partnership with Stonewall and the diverse communities we are able to reach .”
Simon Topham, CEO for MPG added ”We are delighted to be working closely with Stonewall again in an important year of change for both organisations.“

For more information, please contact:
Scott Davidson, Retail Marketing Manager, Millivres Prowler Ltd. Tel: 020 7424 7411 email: scott.davidson@millivres.co.uk
or Rachel Cohen, Director of Communications, Stonewall. Tel: 020 7593 3469 email: rachel.cohen@stonewall.org.uk
Stonewall was founded in 1989 in response to the introduction of Section 28 of the Local Government Act. Stonewall is working to achieve equality for gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people in all aspects of their lives.
For more information, please visit www.stonewall.org.uk, follow us on Twitter @StonewallUK or find us on Facebook.

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MPG announces new ownership and direction

In its 40th year MPG, Britain’s biggest LGBT business whose activities include: Gay Times (GT); DIVA; Prowler Stores; Prowler Distribution and Expectations, is delighted to announce exciting major changes and plans for future growth.

Chris Graham-Bell, previously the Chairman of the MPG Board, has now retired from the company he founded 40 years ago. At the same time all shareholdings in MPG have been sold and a new holding company has been formed. This company now incorporates some of the previous minority shareholdings together with two major shareholders Simon Topham, current CEO and a new investor, James Frost CEO of Coast Digital.

In the past 3 years Simon Topham has led the company in a process of restructuring and transition which has restored the company to profitability. He will remain CEO and lead the Executive Director team, which includes Kim Watson F IDM, Media and Marketing Director, Robert Hanwell, Operations Director and Anthony Martin, Finance Director.

James Frost who joins MPG as Strategy Director brings with him a proven record in online and digital business and together with Coast’s digital expertise MPG is set to benefit from working very closely on plans to greatly expand its digital media and online retail businesses.

As well as developing online and media brands, MPG will continue to invest in their flagship retail stores Prowler (in London and Brighton) and Expectations, including in 2015 a much expanded Mister B store.

There will also be ongoing investment in new products by Prowler Distribution.

MPG will remain a community focused operation, but as a revitalised digital company, will build on its wealth of talent and experience of LGBT business. Plans have already begun to invest and develop its market leading brands to continue the growth of its international business interests.

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Photo by DIVA Assistant Editor Carrie Lyell

Millivres Prowler Group gets high recognition in IoS Rainbow List 2014

It has been another great year for MPG in the 2014 Independent on Sunday’s newly named Rainbow List published 9 November 2014, honoring the 101 most influential LGBT men and women of the year in the UK

Jane Cyzselska Editor of DIVA was listed at number 27 (five places higher than last year),again as the highest placed LGBT magazine editor. DIVA contributor Sarah Westwood was in 30th place and DIVA contributor Susan Calman was also honored at number 31. A new entry at 41 was Aderonkw Apata, LGBT asylum campaigner, who is featured in the December issue of DIVA out next week.

Darren Scott GT Editor leapt to 57th place. He was a new entry last year in 98th place. Gypsy Boy author and GT columnist Mikey Walsh was also honored at number as a new entry at 70.

At the business end Simon Topham CEO, was credited in 60th place after 21 years of top level management, of this business and the changes he has made to culture and direction of the company in the past year.

In response to the news Simon remarked, “ I am absolutely delighted to be recognized for the second year running in such an important year for LGBT rights and the gay business community. I’m also proud that our Editors, contributors and some business and charity partners have been recognized too”

With a 4400 strong public vote 2014 featured many new faces and so to make room for some new faces, some previously listed went into a power partnerships list this time. There was also a section for newcomers to watch out for and International influencers and straight allies were also credited.

Kim Watson Media Director, joined the Independent on Sunday’s editorial team on the panel of judges for the second year running, along with Strategic Equality and Inclusion professional Christine Burns, celebrities Jon Amaechi and Charlie Condou, Ben Bradshaw MP and political journalist Charlotte Henry.

See the full list here and various side bars: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/therainbowlist/rainbow-list-2014-1-to-100-9848457.html

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Independent on Sunday Rainbow List 2014