Today, leading automotive media company Power Automedia announced the acquisition of Xceleration Media LLC. Financial terms of the purchase were not disclosed. James Lawrence, CEO of Power Automedia, and Xceleration Media COO Chris Douglas, jointly announced the sale of Xceleration Media, a performance-oriented publisher of automotive print and digital titles that reaches over 1 million automotive enthusiasts a year.
Xceleration Media’s print and digital properties include Drag Racing Scene, OneDirt, Street Rod Life, Power & Performance, Gearheads4Life, AutoPressReleases.com, and Cars & Parts Magazines – acquired in 2016 from Amos Publishing. Xceleration Media’s properties will compliment Power Automedia’s suite of twelve automotive titles including Dragzine, LSX, Rod Authority, EngineLabs, and more; including automotive video destination SpeedVideo.com and SpeedVideo Live!
“The addition of Xceleration Media adds firepower to Power Automedia, which already reaches over five million automotive enthusiasts a year,” said Power Automedia CEO James Lawrence. “While Power Automedia will remain a digital-first publisher, print has ardent supporters and in key markets, adds tactical value to our efforts to reach automotive enthusiasts with beautiful automotive content.”
Xceleration Media’s Chris Douglas described the sale as a benefit for the future of the Xceleration Media as well as the continued growth of Power Automedia. “In today’s highly competitive automotive media market, we have decided to sell Xceleration Media to Power Automedia, whose suite of automotive enthusiast properties, websites, magazines and video platforms will enable and fuel the continued growth of what we built with Xceleration Media,” Douglas said.
Power Automedia has not yet disclosed its future plans for the Xceleration Media titles and brands, but expects an announcement to be made prior to the 2017 SEMA Show.
For 10 years now, our video production team has been building beautiful content for the automotive industry. Recently rebranded Alloy Studios, our team continues their passion for building efficient and effective videos of every flavor.
In a constant search for talent, we have recently expanded our team to include two new members; Greg Myracle, as a Producer, and Matthew Robinson, as a Videographer. Myracle has put his organizational and video skills to use, managing and coordinating dozens of shoots for some of the most prestigious names in the automotive aftermarket industry, while Robinson works on the front lines and behind-the-scenes to create this incredible content
“Alloy Studios provides an amazing work environment,” said Robinson. “I love the different experiences the position has provided me thus far. My favorite aspect of the role is definitely having the ability to travel– I like the fact that I’m not always contained to a desk. I get to go interact with many of our clients on a face-to-face basis.”
Our team’s expertise doesn’t stop at producing videos for their in-house editorial team and automotive clients, either. They get to take part in broadcasting some of the largest drag racing events in the country for our sister company speedvideo.com.
We’ve also got some new gear, too — we are now able to live broadcast in high-definition 4K and capture new, exciting, aerial angles with our 4K ultra-HD drone!
Some of the team’s latest projects:
If you are interested in following along with Alloy Studios’ work, you can find more projects at www.alloy-studios.com/our-work/. If you are interested in hiring our talented, automotive-savvy team, please visit www.alloy-studios.com/hire-us/.
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On July 1, over a dozen Power Automedia employees, and their families, volunteered with Habitat for Humanity’s “A Brush With Kindness.”
A Brush With Kindness, and its volunteers, assist low-income homeowners in the Inland Empire and surrounding areas, who struggle to maintain the exterior of their homes, to reclaim their homes with pride and dignity. They offer painting, landscaping, and minor repair services for those in need.
Not only does the program revitalize the appearance of neighborhoods and encourage community connection, it also preserves affordable housing stock.
Power Automedia employees’ contributions took place in the city of Moreno Valley, where they worked for four hours painting homes.
“Volunteering for Habitat for Humanity’s ‘A Brush with Kindness’ was a very rewarding experience for me,” said Brittany Poleon, Power Automedia Administrative Operations Manager. “The help we provided to the family by painting their house was great! It was awesome to see what a difference we made to the look of the house with just a few gallons of paint. It was also great volunteering my time, along with some of co-workers and their families, to make a difference in our local community.”
Did you know?
One of Power Automedia’s core values is to “be kind and loving,” and while this pertains to coworkers and clients on a daily basis, Power Automedia believes it’s important to balance business with love and kindness and that everyone deserves kindness, whether celebrating a victory or navigating through a challenging situation.
Contributions like these help this Habitat for Humanity program ensure families have safe and well-maintained homes.
If you live in Southern California and are interested in volunteering for A Brush With Kindness or any other of Habitat For Humanity’s programs, please visit http://www.habitatriverside.org/.
Power Automedia is excited to announce a new relationship with Family Events.
“This new partnership helps us build an intimate relationship with enthusiasts on the grassroots level,” said Scott Parker, Power Automedia Director of Content & Strategy. “When our editors are out there rubbing elbows with fellow gearheads – that’s what it’s all about. We want to be involved in creating lasting memories. We want to be much more than just a magazine.”
“We are excited to partner with Power Automedia’s powerful magazine brands and state of the art video production studios,” said Mike Moore, President of Family Events. “PAM’s automotive enthusiast brands naturally compliment our event brands and will help us to capture and deliver more of our action-packed event content to more enthusiasts nationwide.”
With over 2 million enthusiasts reading Power Automedia magazines, and over 5 million Facebook fans – all eyes will be on Family Events.
“This new synergy between Family Events popular branded automotive events and Power Automedia as a national media partner is a win-win for auto enthusiasts,” said Ed Zinke, Power Automedia’s Business Development Director. “Family Events enthusiast shows have a long and rich history of presenting the hottest trends, latest in performance products, introducing the craftsmanship of many top builders, and the absolute coolest way of having fun with your ride in our industry.”
Family Events produces exceptional enthusiast events, with a focus in off-road, sand sports, and street machine/muscle car events. Power Automedia’s video production division, Alloy Studios, as well as editors from Power Automedia’s 12 magazines, will cover:
Editorial and social media coverage will be immersive from vehicle features and crowd interviews, to autocross competition videos and social media shorts. The content will be dispersed throughout Power Automedia’s magazines and leading social media outlets, as well as those of Family Events.
SpeedVideo’s live racing broadcasts have been exploding, not only on thousands of home TVs and desktops, but also on all types of mobile devices.
SpeedVideo’s past 10 events accumulated a total of 3.4 million video views. While simultaneously broadcasting to SpeedVideo’s website, social media platforms captured an even larger audience specifically targeting those on mobile devices.
In total, a whopping 63% of the views were from either a mobile phone or tablet. The past 10 drag racing events racked up almost 5 million minutes of broadcast time.
“The velocity at which SpeedVideo has grown has been tremendous,” said Aaron Hahn from SpeedVideo. “We’re extremely grateful for the support of our viewers, our partnering promoters, as well as our sponsors that are making all of this possible. Whether watching live or on-demand, our mission is to provide the best experience for race fans worldwide.”
SpeedVideo will be live broadcasting 36 events in 2017 with a projected audience of over 6 million performance enthusiasts between live broadcasts and social media.
Power Automedia’s CEO, James Lawrence, was recently elected to the 2017-2018 SEMA Board of Directors. Lawrence was elected to the SEMA board by a vote of SEMA-member companies that ended on May 24, 2017.
“I’ve been involved in, and love, the performance industry– I think there is nothing more important than making sure that it’s here for our kids. It’s important that we bring youth, technology, and passion to the forefront of the SEMA mission,” Lawrence said. “I want to make an enduring mark on the automotive industry and engage the next generation so that we have something to be proud of for the next 25 years.”
Tim Martin from K&N Engineering was elected the chairman-elect of SEMA and will help the SEMA Board of Directors lead the association for the 2017-2019 term. Martin fills the position held for the past two years by Wade Kawasaki of The Coker Group. Kawasaki will begin serving his term as chairman in July. Greg Adler from Transamerican Auto Parts was re-elected and will serve another term.
SEMA Board members are industry representatives who volunteer their time to lead and guide the association. They are elected by all SEMA-member companies and represent the key membership categories: manufacturers, distributors/retailers, manufacturer reps, and services.
The entire 2017-’18 SEMA Board of Directors will be honored and recognized during the SEMA Installation and Gala in July.
Power Automedia’s Business Development Director, Lloyd Hunt, was also elected to the HRIA 2017-2019 Select Council. Hunt will aid in steering the direction of the HRIA group and advancing the hobby, all while providing an experienced voice for Power Automedia’s industry segment.
A handful of Power Automedia’s well-regarded online automotive magazines had their biggest month this last April, with six titles hitting new all-time records.
Power Automedia’s industry-leading drag racing magazine, Dragzine.com, reached over 600,000 visitors and almost 1 million article reads. Other titles continued their success while producing robust, evergreen content that gets read month after month as a valuable resource for modifying vehicles.
“April 2017 was huge for Power Automedia in terms of traffic,” said Scott Parker, Power Automedia Director of Editorial Content & Strategy. “In just one year, the growth has been phenomenal on some of our established magazines such as Dragzine and LSX, which have increased their visitors by 148% and 115% respectively. The real story here is the people that made this happen. I couldn’t be more proud of the editorial team we have, and we are excited to carry this momentum through the second quarter. 2017 is going to be a great year.”
Some of Power Automedia’s highlighted magazines for the month of April 2017:
Power Automedia is excited to announce Charles Pages as Senior Associate Editor of online magazine Turnology.com. Focused on performance driving, Turnology is the premier magazine for autocross, road racing, and time attack racers.
Pages will manage all magazine content including editorial articles, news, event coverage, freelance assignments, photography, social media, and in-house project vehicles. He will work alongside Turnology’s staff writer, Kyle Kitchen and will report to Turnology Editor, Trevor Anderson.
Pages comes from a management position at popular online parts reseller ModBargains and has an extreme passion for performance driving. Pages past experience includes creating blog posts, writing tech articles, social media marketing, photography, and SEO analytics.
“Charles Pages is a great addition to the Power Automedia editorial team,” said Power Automedia CEO, James Lawrence. “He is a passionate enthusiast who cares deeply about performance driving.”
“I am extremely excited to be joining Power Automedia – a company filled with fellow automotive enthusiasts,” said Pages. “We have a unique group here, with a wide array of vehicle interests. Working together with our editorial team, I’m excited to take Turnology to the next level.”
Follow Pages’ writing and photography on Turnology.com.
Power Automedia is pleased to welcome Ed Zinke to lead their sales team as the company’s National Sales Manager. Zinke will oversee business development and sales leadership for all digital automotive media products, including display advertising, video, SpeedVideo live broadcasts, and sponsorships. He will be working alongside Power Automedia’s Vice President, Jason Snyder.
Zinke brings a rich background in the automotive aftermarket, beginning his career in retail sales and marketing before moving into product development and brand marketing at manufacturing firms. He then transitioned to automotive media, contributing nearly 15 years of publishing experience to such brands as Car Craft, Popular Hot Rodding, and Super Chevy. Zinke also lead the team responsible for the creation of new brands, including Camaro NOW and Elapsed Times. In addition, he helped lead the efforts on special events that included the Engine Masters Challenge, Suspension & Handling Challenge and Project American Heroes builds with The Enthusiast Network – TEN. Zinke joins Power Automedia directly from his most recent endeavors in broadcast and OTA television with Rev’n TV.
“Ed Zinke is a person I have great respect for,” states Jason Snyder, Power Automedia’s Vice President. “I’ve had the fortune of working with Ed over the years in a past company, and as a client, he always treated me with great care and respect. Ed truly understands the value of relationships and has a high desire to deliver for his clients. When we combine Ed’s professionalism and passion for cars with his unique leadership abilities, we believe he is the perfect fit for Power Automedia and our customers.”
“I am extremely excited to be joining the Power Automedia family and begin working with their professional team of enthusiasts on the many compelling digital initiatives and brands it provides the automotive industry and its followers,” said Zinke. “I look forward to the opportunities to meld the creative thinking of this group with past experiences to offer unique and creative customer experiences in the future. There is a lot going on in the future at Power Automedia and I am thrilled to be a contributing part of it.”
For over ten years, Power Automedia’s video production team has been building beautiful content for the automotive industry. For 2017, they’ve got a fresh name that reflects their commitment to take the company to the next level: Alloy Studios.
Alloy Studios combines creative passion with a pragmatic approach to building efficient and effective videos of every flavor. From lifestyle videos, editorial, social, educational, corporate, to viral videos, they will apply the same formula.
“We are very proud to be a part of the Power Automedia family, but the time has come to have our individual identity so there is no confusion that we work for all types of clients,” explained Alloy Studios General Manager, Steve Grein. “In the past, some had the impression that we exclusively produce video for our internal projects and that couldn’t be further from the truth. We are excited for our new name, new look and fresh start. An alloy is multiple metals that come together to make one strong force, and that is exactly what we do here.”
“Power Automedia has produced video content from day one,” explained Power Automedia CEO James Lawrence. “The time has come for Alloy Studios to stand alone. We have an amazingly creative team here at Alloy Studios including Justin Jones, Brandon McCray, Vu Pham, Paul Huizenga, Eric Schumacher, and Jon Fraser who are our lead videographers and producers. If all of our clients could see the quality of the filming work these guys do, I’m convinced we’d be working twenty four hours a day. The quality of the work is one thing, but we’re efficient. That’s something you couldn’t traditionally say with quality video production and filmmaking.”
Power Automedia will be announcing this change and rebrand at the 2016 SEMA Show. The new website will be www.alloy-studios.com and is expected to launch in Q1 2017.
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