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BandLab restructures media assets into NME Networks

By | Published on Monday 15 November 2021

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BandLab Technologies has announced a rejig that will bring the various music media it has acquired under the banner NME Networks, creating “a new group that will function with its own identity, brand name and leadership”.

Singapore-based BandLab – which is best known for providing various creator tools and services – bought The Guitar Magazine and MusicTech from UK-based publisher Anthem Publishing in 2018. It then acquired NME and Uncut from another UK publisher, TI Media, the following year. All four of those titles will become part of NME Networks.

Says BandLab: “Under the new structure, the brands within NME Networks will operate with a common purpose to create and curate content that entertains, inspires and informs the world of music. Each legendary media brand continues their same cutting-edge music content alongside other areas of the pop culture sphere, including film and TV, gaming, tech and lifestyle”.

UK-based Holly Bishop – who joined BandLab from TI Media as a result of the NME/Uncut acquisition – now becomes Chief Operating & Commercial Officer of NME Networks. Meanwhile, Iliyas Ong becomes Editorial Director of the new business.

Bishop says of her new role: “The launch of NME Networks is a huge step forward in the evolution of our media proposition. The creation of a unified identity connected to the world’s most famous music media brand – NME – enables us to realise the synergies between our brands and turn our collective audiences on to a deeper world of pop culture. I am delighted to step into my new role and drive growth for our brands, our partners and our people”.

Ong adds: “Music courses through everything we do, and bringing together our world-class media brands under a common banner will only strengthen our position as a global leader in music and entertainment media. I’m THRILLED to be able to have a hand in leading the next stage of our evolution, driving growth in new territories, developing our talent, and engaging with the most important part of the puzzle: the fans. This is just the beginning”.