Cool Springs-based magazines.com has beefed up its executive ranks with the hiring of Brian Lang, Treye Johnson and Kevin Daniele. Lang, previously director of marketing at Simplex Healthcare, has been named director of acquisitions. Johnson comes to magazines.com from Acxiom, where he was product manager, and has been named director of CRM. Daniele, who was merchandising brand manager at Dell, has been named merchandising manager. Search firm The Buffkin Group handled the hirings.
HarperCollins Christian Publishing has hired Dylan Hillhouse to be the vice president of marketing for its Bible group. In that role, he will oversee Bibles published under both the Thomas Nelson and Zondervan brands as well as various study resources. Previously, Hillhouse ran the merchandising program for Mardel Christian Stores, which has locations in seven states from Louisiana to Colorado.
Sitemason says it is going to take on Wordpress with the release of a new content management system that will get its formal unveiling next week at the Belcourt Theatre.
The new release, Sitemason 6, has been re-imagined, re-programmed and re-designed to be the preferred alternative to WordPress and Drupal for creatives. As an alternative to other hosted systems, Sitemason has built a fully-supported, hosted platform for creatives to build their web and mobile visions.
Byron Fanning, chief relationship officer, stated, “The creative population is ready for something that doesn’t require ‘workarounds,’ ‘themes,’ and ‘throttled web traffic’ solutions. With the insight, thoughtfulness and generous contributions of some of the most respected web developers we know, we’ve re-launched the most advanced version of Sitemason for a market that reaches far beyond Nashville. However, we want the Nashville community to be the first to see and experience the new Sitemason.”
Publishing giant Gannett continues to trim its staff at various locations around the country, including at 1100 Broadway. The latest Tennessean news staff to be told they no longer have a job are Senior Editor Deb Fisher, Sumner County Editor Mike Towle and sports reporter John Glennon. Steve Cavendish has the latest details at The City Paper.
Publishing giant Gannett has laid off at least a half dozen people from its local publications, reports Steve Cavendish at The City Paper. The cuts, which include Tennessean courts reporter Bobby Allyn, are part of a larger round of at least 170 layoffs across the company.
The VitalSource e-textbook platform owned by Ingram Content Group has been picked by a recently launched venture that aims to bring education technology to the many parts of the Middle East and North Africa. Panworld Education was launched earlier this summer by the Pan World General Trading conglomerate.
The education marketplace in the Middle East is expanding rapidly, with industry sources projecting its worth to be approximately $61 billion by 2015, and the school-age population in the MENA region is predicted to grow to 53.6 million students in 2015. Recently, Saudi Arabia announced a 13 percent increase in its education budget, allocating $54 billion towards higher education and workforce training.