Mongoose Publishing Celebrates Record Award-Winning Week

Top Quote Time Out KL wins Asian Award for website excellence, while Mongoose titles snare twenty prizes in the Magazine Publishers Association Awards 2012. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) December 10, 2012 - Kuala Lumpur - Mongoose Publishing's Time Out Kuala Lumpur website won the Bronze Award for Best Magazine Website in Asia at the recent WAN-IFRA Asian Digital Media Conference and 20 further awards at the Malaysian Magazine Publishers Awards for its flagship brands Time Out Kuala Lumpur, Expatriate Lifestyle and Esquire Malaysia.

    Time Out KL won an unprecedented Bronze Award in the category "Best Magazine Website in Asia" at the recently held World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN- IFRA) Asian Digital Media Awards - the first time a Malaysian publisher has won an award in this category. The Asian Digital Media Awards recognise publishers who have adopted digital media as part of their total product offer to meet the major changes in how people consume news and information. More than 50 media companies from 16 countries across Asia and the Middle-East participated in this competition.

    Time Out Kuala Lumpur also won 8 awards at the Malaysian Magazine Publishers Association (MPA) awards held on 29 November 2012. They won 2 Merit and 1 Gold Award for Best Editorial, 3 Silver Awards for the Best Design and the Silver AND Gold Awards for the Best Covers.

    "Time Out KL swept the board in its category and snagging both the Gold and Silver for Best Magazine Cover is especially pleasing. Not least coming as this does hot on the heels of our WAN-IFRA Bronze Award for the Best Magazine Website in Asia. The Time Out KL team, led brilliantly by Lim Chee Wah, work so hard to be the defining voice of entertainment and the arts in the city and these awards are rich reward for their tireless efforts," said Matthew Bellotti, the Chief Content Officer of Mongoose Publishing.

    The MPA Awards are the most prestigious publishing awards in the country and are contested fiercely by the 17 biggest publishing houses in Malaysia. For the last few years, the Association has been giving out awards for the Best Magazine Cover (won overall by Time Out Kuala Lumpur in 2011), and this year the MPA extended the categories by inviting entries for The Best Editorial Feature, The Best Designed Issue and The Best Magazine Covers in Chinese, English and Bahasa Malaysia. Mongoose's twenty awards in total ranked the publishing house among the very best in the country - no other publisher won as many Gold awards as Mongoose's seven.

    Expatriate Lifestyle, winning their first MPA Awards, took home 3 Merit Awards for Best Editorial and 1 Silver Award for the Best Design. Antoine Commare, the Executive Editor of Expatriate Lifestyle was very excited about winning these awards, "Expatriate Lifestyle took home our first ever MPA Awards. And not just one, but four of them! As we approach ten years of publishing, we have firmly established Expatriate Lifestyle as the best, biggest and market-leading magazine for expatriates living in Malaysia. Not least because it is our 10th anniversary, 2013 promises to be our greatest year yet."

    Esquire Malaysia, launched in April 2011 won 2 Bronze Awards for the Best Cover, 2 Gold and 1 Silver Award for The Best Editorial and 3 Gold Awards for the Best Design. Sam Coleman, The Editor-in-Chief of Esquire Malaysia was very happy at receiving these awards, "Esquire winning eight awards is very impressive when you take into account the magazine only launched in April 2011, hence only eight issues were eligible for entry. The three Gold awards for Best Editorial and two Golds for design tell their own story about the stunning quality of the work that the Esquire Malaysia team produce every single month."

    Graham Paling, the Group CEO of Mongoose Publishing, was delighted at receiving these awards, "Mongoose has grown and flourished in recent years. Less than five years ago we had just two magazines and a staff of less than ten. We now have more than 75 in the team working to world class standards in journalism, design, digital, marketing, sales, and multi-platform media. It has been an amazing journey, contributed to by a truly outstanding team that it is a privilege to work alongside. These 21 awards reflect their hard work, creativity and passion. We may not be the largest publisher in Malaysia, but with an awards haul like this, we are indisputably among the best. Watch this space for more growth and more success from Mongoose in the months ahead."

    Mongoose Publishing also publish Time Out Singapore, Esquire Singapore, The Circular for RSGC, The Address & Directions for Dijaya Corporation Bhd in addition to managing the website and publishing marketing material for the Malaysian Golf Tourism Association and managing the social & website content for BBKLCC and TalentCorp's MyWorkLife portal.

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