Emap has appointed its first crossmedia director for lads magazine FHM. James Mallinson, former ad manager for the title, will push cross-media opportunities across the title, FHM Collections and FHM.com. The magazine has seen a 400% increase in cross-media deals in the past year.
Eyeconomy, the online media planning and buying agency, has been hired by CompleteBroadband, a new home PC and Broadband service operator, to plan and buy national press on its behalf with a view to rolling out on other media in 2004. In a separate move, Eyeconomy has also launched its video streaming product, SubSite TV, which allows advertisers to transmit their offline commercials by daypart.
The European Eurobest awards for creative excellence in TV, print and outdoor advertising, run by the International Advertising Festival, is to be held entirely online today (Thursday). An avatar will present the ceremony at Eurobestlive.com, built by Thoughtbubble.com.
Maiden Outdoor is increasing its sales resources in London and has created a position of London regional sales manager to head it up. Ged Weston, a group head at Maiden, has been promoted internally to the role and was up against a number of external candidates for the job. He will report to Richard Blackburn, regional sales director.
Bath-based publisher Merricks Media is to launch "Portugal Magazine" in January, extending its portfolio in the travel and property sector to six magazines. Merricks also publishes French, Spanish and Greece magazines.
Auction website QXL.com has appointed AdLINK Internet Media to sell its advertising space exclusively.
The Gaming Channel, the interactive television (iTV) gambling operator and service provider, has launched iSports TV on Sky channel 431. The subscription free sports channel will be broadcasting the World Series of Racing Championship events in 2004, plus both the remaining races in 2003.
David Bowie is to headline the revived Isle of Wight festival, which is to be sponsored by Nokia. Virgin Radio will broadcast the concert, held between June 11 and 13, across the UK.
Company magazine has promoted Victoria White to editor She replaces Sam Baker, who is leaving after signing a book deal. White began her career as features editor on Inside Soap in 1995 before becoming editor on Inside TV in Australia in 1996. She moved to LA as bureau chief for Pacific Publications in 1997 until she moved back to the UK to be deputy editor on B in 1998. White has been Company's deputy editor since August 2000.
The founder of Virgin Radio, Richard Branson, is to launch sister stations in Japan and Australia. The move follows the launch of the Virgin Radio brand in Beijing and Shanghai. Branson plans to next launch Virgin Mobile and Virgin Cola in the Asia Pacific region.
Disney Channel launched a moving poster this week on Crowmell Road in West London to promote the TV premiere of Monsters Inc. The 3-D site is part of a nationwide campaign and features a moving rail that swings out from the site, dipping and climbing like a roller coaster. A series of doors are attached to the rail with giant 3-D models of the characters from hanging on to them.