Immediate Media Co.
Tom has more than 20 year’s experience of running cross-media, digital content and technology platform companies.
After starting his career in sales and marketing, then focusing on the nascent digital space, he was involved in a number of start-ups. Tom was co-founder and CEO of digital start-up Silicon Media Group, backed by a number of blue chip venture funds.
On its successful acquisition by CNET Networks in 2002, Tom led the expansion of CNET’s multi-brand business in the UK and across Europe, creating a highly profitable digital pure play.
After a period of consulting with various private equity funds, Tom joined cross-media platform business Magicalia as CEO in 2008, working with Exponent Private Equity. Tom co-founded Immediate Media Co in November 2011. The company was formed by merging Magicalia’s digital technology platform with BBC Magazines, home to some of the UK’s leading magazine media brands, including the Radio Times.
Bucking the trend in the sector, Immediate has consistently grown revenues organically and through M&A activity, with EBITDA growth of more than 100% since 2011. Tom’s strategic focus on leveraging Immediate’s world-class content through the creation of an agile technology platform has allowed Immediate to take advantage of new business opportunities in the special interest markets it serves. Paid content, ecommerce and digital marketplaces are just a few of the successful new platforms through which Immediate is driving growth.
Immediate was acquired by Hubert Burda Media in 2017. The company has won over 200 industry awards in the last eight years and now employs over 1,400 people in London, Bristol, Manchester and internationally.Back
What our attendees say…
For me, it’s vital that I attend the FIPP World Media Congress. It’s the one place to learn about the international industry developments and to meet key contacts in person, so it’s the best use of my time and money.
Yolanda Ausin Castaneda, General Manager
Asociación de Revistas de Informacion (ARI), Spain
The FIPP World Media Congress is a place for us to do business and meet publishers from around the world, both existing partners that we have relationships with and new ones that can help us expand our brands globally.
Kevin LaBonge, Vice President, Global Licensing
Penske Media, USA
I’ve been to every FIPP World Media Congress since 2015. It’s a great opportunity to sit down with potential customers and show them what we do. It’s a great event.
Jonny Kaldor, Co-Founder & CEO
If I were a doctor, and you were my patient and a media company, my prescription would be ‘go to the FIPP World Media Congress’.
John Wilpers, Senior Director, US
Innovation Media Group, USA
It’s the place to feel the pulse of the industry, to see what’s changed and what the new trends are. As well as the big-name speaker presentations, the networking opportunities are invaluable for us.
Dragana Trivanovic, Client Relations & Event Manager
Content Insights, Serbia
The FIPP World Media Congress is one of the biggest, most established and most important events in the industry. It combines great networking with great presentations – real-world, practical insights that you can take back to the office and put into practice straight away.
Chris Kerwin, Managing Director, Food Group
Immediate Media Co., UK