Hour Media Group acquires Palm Beach Media Group




Contact: publicrelations@palmbeachmedia.com

Palm Beach, FL (Jan. 12, 2017) – Hour Media Group, LLC announces the acquisition of Palm Beach Media Group. With its recent acquisition, Hour Media Group now publishes 70 magazines and custom titles across the country.

Published throughout Florida, Palm Beach Media Group produces 11 magazines and three websites in the ultraluxury market including its two flagship publications Palm Beach Illustrated and Naples Illustrated. The company maintains offices in West Palm Beach and Naples.

“We are very excited that Hour Media Group is the new owner,” said John Battista III, President of the Ronald J. Woods Charitable Trust. “We think the new owners share the spirit and philosophy of Ron Woods, and we wish them all the best and continued success.”

Stefan Wanczyk, CEO of Hour Media Group said, “We are honored to be the new owner of Palm Beach Media Group, the third steward of the 65 year old iconic Palm Beach Illustrated, Naples Illustrated, and other highly notable titles in the region. We will continue to strive to be a market leader and recognized as the premier luxury magazines in these markets.”

“The opportunity to expand into the ultra-luxury Florida market is a perfect complement to our other brands. We look forward to providing the high level of editorial coverage and vibrant photography that are the trademarks of Hour Media brands with these titles,” said President John Balardo.

Hour Media Group is a Michigan-based multi-media company which now publishes 70 magazines and custom titles, 22 consumer websites, 32 shows and events throughout the United States. The company is recognized as an influential publisher of city, regional and custom publications, including the marquee titles, Hour Detroit, Minnesota Monthly and Sacramento Magazine. The company has offices in Michigan, California, Florida and Alabama, with over 200 employees across the country.

With the purchase of Palm Beach Illustrated in 1991, Palm Beach Media Group was formed by the late Ron Woods. It was through Ron’s personal investment and creative vision that PBMG became one of the country’s most respected regional lifestyle magazine publishers. Palm Beach Charity Register was launched in 1992, followed by Naples Illustrated, Naples Charity Register, as well as a number of contract publications. Titles include The Jewel of Palm Beach, the magazine of Mar-a-Lago Club; Traditions, the magazine of The Breakers Palm Beach; Salut!, the magazine of the Naples Winter Wine Festival; and Fifth Avenue South, the magazine of Naples’ Fifth Avenue Business Improvement District and Art & Culture, the magazine of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.

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