FUTURE PROMOTES KEITH WALKER TO HEAD OF DIGITAL – ENTERTAINMENT

Future plc, the international media group and leading digital publisher, has promoted Keith Walker to the role of Head of Digital for the Entertainment Group, with additional publishing responsibilites for CVG and GamesRadar.

Keith was previously Head of Audience Development for the Entertainment Group, after joining Future in April this year. Since joining, Keith has worked across the entire Entertainment portfolio – including multi-media entertainment brands PC Gamer, CVG, Total Film and GamesRadar − to drive audience growth and engagement. The Entertainment Group now delivers content to more than 14 million unique users monthly – up over 20% in the last year – and delivers more than 50 million video views each year.

Prior to joining Future, Keith was editor of nuts.co.uk and mousebreaker.com, with key responsibility for developing and delivering strategy, driving both online traffic and revenue. During his time at IPC, Keith took nuts.co.uk from number three to number one in the men’s lifestyle market.

In his new role, Keith will be responsible for setting the Future Entertainment Group’s digital vision and strategy, and overseeing all digital and mobile initiatives. Keith will have primary responsibility for Future UK but will work closely with Future US and Future Australia. In addition, Keith will gain publishing responsibilities for CVG and GamesRadar whilst continuing to build on the work he did as Head of Audience Development.

Keith will report to Clair Porteous, who was recently appointed Head of Entertainment Group.

Clair says: “Our internationally famous entertainment brands are already delivering fantastic growth in reach and engagement. As we continue drive and accelerate digital growth in the Entertainment Group, Keith’s proven experience makes him the perfect candidate to push this agenda forward.”

Keith adds: “This is a fantastic opportunity as digital acceleration is at the core of Future’s strategy. Through marrying the development, commercial and editorial teams, we can deliver products that continually innovate, excite our audiences and provide our partners with the ability to reach an unrivalled number of passionate film and gaming enthusiasts.” 

Keith takes up his new position with immediate effect.

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For more information please contact:

Ben Bolton, Senior Communications Executive for Future on 020 7042 4034 or 07940 530424 or ben.bolton@futurenet.com

About Future:

Future plc is an international media group and leading digital publisher, listed on the London Stock Exchange (symbol: FUTR).  Founded in 1985 with one magazine, today we have operations in the UK, US and Australia creating 200 special-interest publications, apps, websites and events.  We hold market-leading positions in Games, Film, Music, Technology, Cycling, Automotive and Crafts. Our biggest-selling products include T3, Total Film, Classic Rock and Official Xbox Magazine. Our websites include gamesradar.com, bikeradar.com, musicradar.com and techradar.com (the UK's number one consumer technology website). Future sells 2.2 million magazines each month; we attract more than 45 million monthly unique visitors to our websites; and we deliver over 100 digital editions and bespoke apps on tablet. Future exports or syndicates publications to 89 countries, making us the UK's number one exporter and licensor of magazine content. Future was named Consumer Digital Publisher of the Year for the second year running at the Association of Online Publishers Awards 2012 and PPA Digital Consumer Publisher of the Year 2012.

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