Hearst, ACP Magazines announce launch of Australian edition of monthly fashion magazine Elle in autumn 2012, marking 44th international edition of Elle

Sandy Yang

Sandy Yang

Nov 30, 2011 – Hearst

SYDNEY and NEW YORK , November 30, 2011 (press release) – ACP Magazines and joint venture partner, Hearst Magazines International announced today the launch of an Australian edition of the world’s most successful fashion monthly magazine, ELLE, in the autumn of 2012.

A global publishing phenomenon, ELLE, a brand owned by Lagardère Active, is the world’s largest fashion magazine brand with at present 43 international editions reaching over 21 million people across the globe from the U.K. to the USA, Europe to Africa, South America, Russia, Asia and the Middle East. In 2010, 552 issues were published with worldwide copy sales of 79 million.

The joint venture between ACP and Hearst, which currently publishes four prominent international titles in Australia including Cosmopolitan (launched 1973 and acquired by ACP in 1988), Harper’s BAZAAR (launched 1998), madison (launched 2005) and Grazia (launched 2008), is the most successful and longstanding media partnership in the country.

Phil Scott, managing director of ACP Magazines, said, “The joint venture between ACP and Hearst has been a collaborative, successful and mutually beneficial partnership for over 20 years. We share the same vision, challenges and goals, and together we publish some of the best-selling, most profitable and reputable magazine brands in Australia.

“It’s a natural progression for us to partner with Hearst to launch ELLE in Australia. ELLE is a magazine brand that is right for our times—for readers and advertisers. It uniquely covers women’s fashion, beauty, health, lifestyle and entertainment from an inspirational and achievable perspective. Its mixed and balanced content is accessible from both a global and local perspective.

“In addition to the printed magazine, the ELLE brand will be launched across multiple platforms inclusive of events, website, applications and mobile.”

Duncan Edwards, president and CEO of Hearst Magazines International, added, “The launch of ELLE in Australia will bring together two of our most important partnerships: with ACP in Australia and with ELLE globally. Hearst is already the publisher of ELLE in 14 markets and we are delighted that Australia will be added to this list. Our team is the best in the business and will bring a fantastic edition of ELLE to the readers and advertisers in the Australian market.”

Bruno Lesouëf, CEO of French and International Magazine Publishing divisions of Lagardère Active said, “We welcome this partnership with ACP, the market leader in Australia and Hearst Magazines, one of the world's leading magazine publishers. We are extremely proud of the launch of this 44th edition of ELLE in the Australian market, negotiated by François Coruzzi, executive vice president international, and his teams. This market is rapidly growing and very dynamic in the areas of fashion and beauty. This new edition of ELLE will benefit from the power of our global network to establish its success.”

About Lagardère Active
Lagardère Active is one of Lagardère SCA’s four corporate branches, together with Lagardère Publishing (books), Lagardère Services (press distribution and services) and Lagardère Unlimited (marketing and management of sports broadcast rights, talent representation for athletes and artists). Creator of multimedia content, Lagardère Active has leading positions in the businesses it operates, including magazines publishing, audio-visual (radio, TV and TV production), digital (pure players sites, mobile applications and tablet applications) and advertising. Lagardère Active, the number one of French Magazine Publisher and owner of the ELLE brand and its derivatives, licenses them:
-To Hearst in 14 countries (corresponding to 15 editions of ELLE)
-To 21 other partners in 26 countries; corresponding to 27 editions of ELLE
The ELLE network today includes 43 international editions and the ELLE Decoration network includes 25 international editions.

About ACP Magazines
ACP Magazines is Australia’s leading magazine publisher. The company is the magazine arm of leading Australian media and entertainment company, Nine Entertainment Co. ACP Magazines publishes 52 audited titles in Australia which sell almost 100 million copies each year. They include some of the longest-running and most successful mastheads such as the biggest selling monthly magazine, The Australian Women’s Weekly, Australia’s number one weekly magazine, Woman’s Day, DOLLY, NW, TV Week, CLEO, Cosmopolitan, Australian Gourmet TravELLEr, madison, GRAZIA, Australian House & Garden, Zoo Weekly, Top Gear Australia and Wheels. ACP currently produces 26 magazines as tablet applications. ACP Custom Media leads the way in creating branded editorial content for major clients including Coles, Telstra, Qantas and Myer. For more information visit http://acpmagazines.com.au.

About Hearst Magazines International
As the largest U.S. publisher of magazines worldwide, Hearst Magazines International, a unit of Hearst Corporation, publishes more than 300 editions for distribution in more than 100 countries. Major titles include powerful brand equities like Cosmopolitan and ELLE, both international super-brands with more editions than any other women’s magazines in the world; ELLE Decoration, Esquire, Good Housekeeping, Harper's BAZAAR, Popular Mechanics and Seventeen. In addition, Hearst Magazines International publishes other titles through joint ventures, including Men’s Health and Runner’s World in the U.K., Grazia and Madison in Australia, and The Robb Report in Russia and China. In Great Britain, a wholly-owned subsidiary, Hearst Magazines UK, publishes 23 magazines and 22 digital assets. Hearst Magazines publishes 20 titles in the U.S.

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