The Association of Magazine Media


May 24, 2017

Active Interest Media, The Atlantic, Domino, The Economist, Fine Cooking, Forbes, Science News,
TEN: The Enthusiast Network Take Home Top Awards

Awards Ceremony at the 2017 IMAG Annual Conference in Marina del Rey


Marina del Rey, CA (May 24, 2017) – MPA – The Association of Magazine Media today announced the winners of the second annual Imagination Awards to honor the innovative and transformational work of independent magazine media (IMAG) companies and brands. The Imagination Awards recognize projects and teams that capture the essence of a brand and demonstrate innovative thinking and imaginative tactics, well-defined business objectives, and successful execution and results.

“The Imagination Award winners exemplify the resourceful, innovative nature of the IMAG community,” said Linda Thomas Brooks, president and CEO, MPA –The Association of Magazine Media. “From food trucks, to high school lesson plans, to skateboarding competitions, it’s incredibly inspiring to see the unconventional yet highly effective methods these enthusiast brands use to engage their audiences.”

Eight awards were presented in six categories: Audience, Content, Digital, Events, Leadership and Revenue. This year, the Revenue category featured more than one award to recognize that bottom line growth comes from many new places. The finalists were chosen by a panel of judges composed of senior executives from a variety of independent magazine media companies.

Winners were judged on ingenuity, effectiveness and their ability to enhance brand voice and serve enthusiast audiences. They are as follows:

Audience Development
The Economist Experiential Campaign "Discomfort Food" |The Economist

Gravitational Waves Special Report| Science News

Digital (tie)
The Atlantic’s Life Timeline |The Atlantic
The Economist on Snapchat Discover |The Economist

Dew Tour| TEN: The Enthusiast Network

Addition by Subtraction: AIM’s Big Digital Bet | Active Interest Media

Fine Cooking Magazine & Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking media platform | Fine Cooking

Redefining Revenue Streams | Domino

The Great Rewrite | Forbes with KPMG

The winners were revealed at the Imagination Awards Gala on Tuesday, May 23, during the annual IMAG Conference in Marina del Rey, and was emceed by Kerri Kasem, radio and TV personality and founder, Kasem Cares. The ceremony was sponsored by ProCirc and PubWorX, together offering customized solutions for publishers of all sizes.

For more information about the winners, including the complete list of finalists and a list of the judges,

About the IMAG Community
Within the world of magazine media brands, MPA – The Association of Magazine Media has carved out a community of independent publishers to facilitate peer-to-peer convening, sharing and learning. Fueled by the passionate interest of enthusiast audiences, IMAG brands produce world-class content that captures the attention and loyalty of consumers. These brands continue to build, expand and monetize audiences and assets across platforms and formats.

About MPA
MPA – The Association of Magazine Media is the primary advocate and voice for the magazine media industry, driving thought leadership and game‐changing strategies to promote the industry’s vitality and increase its revenues and market share. Established in 1919, MPA represents 200 domestic, associate and international members. MPA is headquartered in New York City, with a government affairs office in Washington, D.C.

About PubWorX
PubWorX is a Hearst and Condé Nast partnership committed to offering scale and innovation to the magazine industry. With more than 200 experts from across the industry, PubWorX offers solutions to satisfy the consumer marketing, circulation management, production and paper procurement needs of any publisher, large or small.

About ProCirc
ProCirc is a leading provider of full-service consumer marketing outsourced solutions to the publishing industry, offering strategic, promotional, analytical and operational support to publishers of all sizes. Founded in 1993, ProCirc provides strategic vision and customized circulation solutions to deliver profitable and engaged readers to more than 50 publishers, representing more than 250 titles.


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