FOLIO: Shouldn’t it be “customer first,” and not “digital first?”PG: It’s always customer first. The wave of engagement in content consumption is happening in the most robust way in the form of digital platforms. It really comes down to this notion: You have to be constantly disrupting yourselves in order to serve your customers most effectively in every medium that they require. FOLIO: What is your current revenue structure and what do you want it to be?PG: We probably have 30 percent of overall revenue through digital platforms, which is pretty healthy. The goal is to get north of 50 percent over time in terms of digital revenue as a percent of the whole.FOLIO: Last year, Frank Anton said HW had shut down 14 magazines, and might have to shut down a lot more, leaving three core titles. Speak to that comment.PG: Every year we have to rationalize our portfolio, and place our bets on the brands that produce the most promise. Portfolio decisions are a day-by-day ongoing endeavor. FOLIO: What criteria do you use when you rationalize your portfolio?PG: It is incumbent on executives to be as close to the customer as possible, and listen and understand what the pain points are, and help them solve problems. And then you have to come back to the mothership and create the right products and services to solve their marketing needs. FOLIO: What do you see as your company’s big opportunities?PG: The opportunity is in creating a culture supporting and nurturing innovation and constant product development. You always have an opportunity to iterate and get things right as you go. You have to be willing to disrupt.FOLIO: One of the speakers here said b-to-b media companies today need to be two companies, one for today and one for tomorrow. Do you agree?PG: You don’t necessarily have be two companies, but you need to be one company always be prepared to reinvent itself. Frank always said, ‘If it’s good, make it better, if it’s better, make it the best, and if it’s the best, it’s time to reinvent it.’ At The Atlantic, they were always prepared to disrupt themselves. It’s really about running one company that has the commitment and is comfortable with innovation as a core cultural ethos.FOLIO: What are your immediate priorities?PG: To understand that the company’s been through a lot of challenges, but to get everyone to believe in a sense of optimism. These are premium brands that matter to the audience. That’s leveragable. Second is to push forward on this notion of digital-product development and digital innovation. It’s a golden age of media marketing. There are so many ways we can serve our markets and our marketing partners. We just have to make our bets in the right areas. And finally it comes down to talent. Do you have the right people in the right places to really push forward?And you’ve got to have fun. Everyone misses their numbers. You’re going to miss numbers. You’re not to going to succeed every time, but you have to get up and say, ‘Today is going to be fun, because we’re going to try X, Y, and Z. You do what’s right for the business and doing what’s right for the business can be really fun. FOLIO: The company’s performance has been, euphemistically, challenged. What’s the outlook?PG: There’s been solid growth in the last year. Trade shows are starting to recover. Some of the market sectors are starting to perform better than others. Commercial design is one. Two years ago, Frank and I were able to secure a deal to become the official magazine for the American Institute of Architects. We took over their show and re-launched the official magazine, Architect. That platform has been performing very well. The commercial sector wasn’t as battered as the residential sector, but our performance is attributable to the Architect launch and the relationship with the AIA. It was one of the biggest magazine launches of the last 10 years. FOLIO: What other sectors show promise?PG: The remodeling sector in residential is doing better than the new-construction sector. New construction is sort of bouncing along the bottom, although there are signs of recovery.Most importantly, we have a more advantageous capital structure. Restructuring of the company manifests itself in a more flexible debt structure, and the owners are supportive of making strategic investments in the company. These investments will be in the form of acquisitions and in technology and talent that we need to drive the digital-first strategy. It’s been a busy few months for Hanley Wood, the b-to-b media company that specializes in the residential housing market and has endured—because of the state of the housing market—one of the worst five-year runs of any media company ever. In January, the company recapitalized, reducing debt by $330 million to about $80 million, and receiving an influx of $35 million in new investment from three new private-equity owners, Oaktree Capital Management, Strategic Value Partners and Tennenbaum Capital Partners.While gaining some relief from crushing debt was good for the company (if not for the prior owners), the company still faces struggles, having lost about $100 million in revenue between 2007 and 2011, with projected revenue for 2012 of about $140 million. FOLIO: caught up with Goldstone at this week’s American Business Media Annual Conference in San Francisco. Following are excerpts from the conversation.FOLIO: First, congratulations on your new job. Tell us how you came to be back at Hanley Wood as CEO.Peter Goldstone [PG]: The company changed hands, and Frank Anton and the new owners had been discussing the transition of Frank to the chairman’s role. And the new owners decided to conduct a narrow search. They contacted me and asked me if I’d be interested in coming back. My answer was unequivocally yes. Then in April, the CEO, Frank Anton, long considered one of the industry’s best executives, transitioned to the role of chairman, and Peter Goldstone (pictured), who had been with the company for 11 years before moving to Atlantic Media in 2010, came back as CEO.
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Sophie TurnerReutersSophie Turner has been revealing a lot about her time on the sets of X-Men: Dark Phoenix lately.Her recent revelation could make fiancé Joe Jons a little jealous. Reportedly the Game of Thrones star joked that she is “in love” with on-screen boyfriend Tye Sheridan (aka Scott Summers aka Cyclops)… and that the Jonas brother is perfectly understanding of the whole situation, of course.”I mean, we’re in love,” Turner told Entertainment Tonight, with her co-star adding: “I’m in love with Soph.””And I’m completely in love with him,” the Jean Grey actress added, revealing: “[Joe] knows, he’s fine with it.”Wow, Joe Jonas sure seems like a pretty good fiancé. Apparently, Turner did gush genuinely about Sheridan, adding: “We’re like, such good friends, and I’ve always said to Tye, he’s my best onscreen boyfriend I’ve ever had.”And it’s just so nice to have such a wonderful relationship with someone that you’re sharing such intimate scenes with. It’s really important to have that connection.” X Men: Dark PhoenixInstagramSophie Turner also opened up about working with director Bryan Singer and how it wasn’t a completely pleasant experience as well as her on-=set confrontation with a fellow co-star on the set of Dark Phoenix. But the confession that got the Sansa Stark actress in a lot of trouble with fans was when she confessed that she had revealed the ending of the final season of Game of Thrones to her friends. The actress had to clarify what she meant. “I was on Twitter and saw these headlines like ‘Twitter followers are being so mean to Sophie Turner after reports she told her friends the ending of Game of Thrones’,” she said.”The truth is I’ve only told two people. It’s not that many. To be honest, I don’t read many of the mentions on Twitter because there’s normally quite a bit of hate. Everything I say will always have some negative reactions so I’m not surprised.The final season of Game of Thrones will air in April. We can’t wait for the final season of Game of Thrones.
Ekramul HaqueLaw enforcement agencies are yet to arrest the 17 convicts sentenced to death by a lower court in March last year in Fulgazi upazila chairman Ekramul Haque Ekram murder case, reports UNB.Feni district and session’s court on 13 March 2018 sentenced 39 people to death in the sensational murder case. Among them, 22 are now behind bars while 17 remained fugitive.In the verdict, 16 other accused, including prime accused BNP leader Mahtab Uddin Chowdhury Minar, got acquittal.Family members of the victim have expressed doubt over the execution of the verdict as hearing on the appeal with the High Court against the verdict is yet to be held.Talking to reporters, Ekram’s bother Mojammel Haq said, “Although those involved in the murder got due punishment, the masterminds remained untouched. It must be ensured by the government that the condemned convicts don’t get acquittal at the higher court. The government must take initiatives for the quick execution of the verdict.”Lawyer Hafez Ahmed, Feni judge court public prosecutor (PP), said Ekram was killed by armed miscreants in front of Bilasi Cinema Hall on 20 May 2014. His elder brother then filed a case with Feni model police station.Among the 22 condemned convicts, then Awami League (AL) joint general secretary Jahangir Kabir Adel, municipality councilor Abdullah Hil Mahmud Shiblu are now in jail.Jailer of Feni district jail Didarul Alam said the condemned convicts were shifted to Kashimpur high security jail after the pronouncement of the verdict.Among them, Nur Uddin Mia, Arif and Tota Mia were brought back to Feni as they were convicted in other cases, too.The fugitive 17 convicts are Fulgazi upazila AL joint general secretary Jahid Hossain Jihad, Feni-2 MP Nizam Hazari’s cousin Abidul Islam Abid, Nafiz Uddin Anik, Arman Hossain Kauser, Jahedul Hashem Soikat, Ziaur Rahman Bappi, Jashim Uddin Nayan, Emran Hossain Russel, Rahat Erfan, Ekram Hossain, Shafiqur Rahman, Kafil Uddin, Mosleh Uddin Asif, Ismail Hossain Chuttu, Mohiuddin Anis, Bablu and Titu.Dfence counsel Ahsan Kabir Bengal said the convicts filed an appeal with the Appellate Division against the lower court verdict.