Digital publisher of the year


Immediate Media, Burda’s special interest, content and platform company in the UK, has been named Consumer Digital Publisher of the Year at this year’s AOP Digital Publishing Awards.

The award presented by the UK Association of Online Publishers (AOP) recognises the business which has demonstrated outstanding achievements across all its brands and publishing activity in the consumer sector.  Entrants needed to provide evidence of a strong strategic vision, innovation across a portfolio of publishing brands, and a clear achievement against objectives.

The judges praised Immediate for exemplifying “successful digital publishing, delivering brands of real soul, and for a dynamism that is supported by expertly pursued multi-layered business models.”

Adel Gelbert is appointed CEO

C3, Europe’s leading service provider for content marketing, is to have a CEO for the first time: Adel Gelbert will be in charge of the international agency group from 1 September 2017. For the past five years, Gelbert has been a partner at FischerAppelt Advisors, the strategic marketing and communication consultancy of FischerAppelt AG. Prior to that, the graduate of business administration was a partner and director at the BBDO subsidiary Batten &Company for twelve years, a communication consultancy specializing in marketing and sales. Previously he worked as a business consultant for A.T. Kearney and was involved in brand management at Procter & Gamble. Joining Adel Gelbert, chief digital officer (CDO) Blundstone Osterberger will take on managerial responsibility for the creative and digital areas at C3, while Gregor Vogelsang will be in charge of promoting internationalization. The two founders Lukas Kircher and Rainer Burkhardt will continue to be active partners of the C3 group in the long term and will each assume the duties of a chairman.

C3 was the result of a merger between Kircher Burkhardt and Burda Creative Group in 2014 and evolved into the leading European content marketing agency within a few years. In February 2017, Hubert Burda Media increased its shares in the agency group from 50 to 85 per cent. C3’s new management structure will include an advisory board consisting of the founders as well as Burda’s board members Philipp Welte and Andreas Rittstieg.

A record sum for charity

Prestige, Burda’s flagship luxury lifestyle magazine in Asia, helped raise a record $1.2 million in donations for the Yellow Ribbon Fund, which supports the rehabilitation of ex-prisoners and their families.

The Charity event was held at The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore in May, the Yellow Ribbon Fund (YRF) Charity Gala 2017 spread the message of hope and second chances. The event included a celebration of artistic and musical flair, along with a gala dinner witnessed entertainers, including Changi Prison’s Performing Arts Centre band — whose members receive musical training as part of their rehabilitation regime — and prominent industry leaders take the stage.

Help to rebuild lives

In collaboration with YRF and Prestige, with support from Singapore Prison Service and Score, the charity event raised  $1,265,000 in donations. Singapore’s first and only national charity devoted to helping ex-offenders rebuild their lives, YRF has disbursed more than $11.3 million since 2004 to rehabilitation, reintegration and family support programmes to help 46,000 ex-offenders and their families.

Over $600,000 have been raised for the this fund through the sale of coffee table books and related fundraising activities. In the past, the Prestige Children Committee also set up the The Yellow Brick Road Project to offer case management services for families, structured workshops, tuition support and enrichment activities for children.

Martin Weiss appointed to the executive board of Hubert Burda Media

Martin Weiss was announced a new appointment to take effect on August 1st 2017, within the executive board at Hubert Burda Burda,  Weiss will oversee the group’s international business. With Weiss’s leadership at BurdaPrincipal Investments, he will now be in charge of the international publishing business which will continue to be lead by Eckart Bollman as it’s Managing Director.