Dennis Publishing Ltd.
is an independent publisher. It was founded in 1974.
As of April 2010 the company publishes 31 magazine or online titles, predominately in the UK.
Dennis himself started out in the magazine business in the late 1960s as one of the editors of the counterculture
Counterculture is a sociological term used to describe the values and norms of behavior of a cultural group, or subculture, that run counter to those of the social mainstream of the day, the cultural equivalent of political opposition. Counterculture can also be described as a group whose behavior...
Oz was first published as a satirical humour magazine between 1963 and 1969 in Sydney, Australia and, in its second and better known incarnation, became a "psychedelic hippy" magazine from 1967 to 1973 in London...
. In the mid-1970s, Dennis Publishing was born, beginning with a kung-fu magazine.
Dennis followed this up in the early 1980s by publishing titles in the soon-to-be-lucrative computer enthusiast
A computer is a programmable machine designed to sequentially and automatically carry out a sequence of arithmetic or logical operations. The particular sequence of operations can be changed readily, allowing the computer to solve more than one kind of problem...
sector, including Your Spectrum
(re-named later as Your Sinclair
and sold to Future Publishing
Future plc is a media company; in 2006, it was the sixth-largest in the United Kingdom. It publishes more than 150 magazines in fields such as video games, technology, automotive, cycling, films and photography. Future is the official magazine company of all three major games console manufacturers...
). Dennis has since maintained a foothold in the computer magazine business - until Maxim's success in the US in the late 1990s, computer magazines were the mainstay of Dennis' magazine holdings, second only to Future Publishing in the UK.
Dennis Publishing, Inc. publishes one of the most successful modern men’s lifestyle magazines in America - Maxim (2.5 million rate base) - along with Stuff (1.3 million rate base) and general interest music magazine Blender (800,000 rate base). Maxim, Stuff and Blender are registered trademarks of Felix Dennis. Maxim Radio is broadcast on Sirius Satellite Radio on channel 108.
On February 15, 2007, Dennis Publishing, Inc. announced that it had retained media investment firm, Allen & Company
Allen & Company is a boutique investment bank based at 711 Fifth Avenue, New York City.-History:Founded in 1922 by Charles Robert Allen, Jr., he was soon joined by his brother, Herbert A. Allen, Sr...
as its exclusive financial advisor to explore various strategic alternatives available to the Company including a possible sale of the Company.
In June 2007, all of Dennis's United States holdings - minus the U.S. edition of The Week
The Week, styled as THE WEEK, is a weekly news magazine.-History:It was founded in the United Kingdom by Jolyon Connell in 1995. In April 2001, the magazine began publishing an American edition; an Australian edition followed in October 2008. Dennis Publishing publishes the U.K. and Australian...
- were sold to the private equity firm Quadrangle Group
Quadrangle Group is a private investment firm focused on private equity. The firm invests in middle-market companies within the media, communications and information-based sectors....
, this included the editions of Maxim
Maxim is an international men's magazine based in the United Kingdom and known for its pictorials featuring popular actresses, singers, and female models, sometimes pictured dressed, often pictured scantily dressed but not fully nude....
Stuff is a men's magazine featuring reviews of consumer electronics, and other articles of interest to a predominantly male audience.- UK edition :...
Blender was an American music magazine that billed itself as "the ultimate guide to music and more". It was also known for sometimes steamy pictorials of celebrities....
In January 2008, Dennis Publishing acquired the online news site The First Post
The First Post is a British daily online news magazine based in London. It was launched in August 2005. It publishes news, current affairs, lifestyle, opinion, arts and sports pages, and it features an online games arcade and a cinema featuring short films, virals, trailers and eyewitness news...
for an undisclosed sum.
In February 2008, Dennis Publishing announced the launch of iGizmo
, a free fortnightly interactive digital magazine dedicated to gadgets and consumer technology, launching on 11 March.
In November 2008, Dennis Publishing acquired the online games and hardware enthusiast website bit-tech.net for an undisclosed sum.
In 2007 Dennis Publishing had group turnover of £63m and profit before interest and tax of £6.9m.
As of June 2006:
- Chairman: Felix Dennis
Felix Dennis is a British magazine publisher, poet, and philanthropist. His privately owned company, Dennis Publishing, pioneered computer and hobbyist magazine publishing in the United Kingdom...
- Chief Executive: James Tye
- Group Finance Officer: Ian Leggett
- Registered Company Number: 1138891 (England
England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Scotland to the north and Wales to the west; the Irish Sea is to the north west, the Celtic Sea to the south west, with the North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south separating it from continental...
- Registered Business Address: 30, Cleveland Street, London W1T 4JD
As of April 2010:
- Auto Express
- Channel Pro
- Computer Shopper
- Custom PC
- Digital SLR Photography
- Expert Reviews
- Fortean Times
- InsidePoker Business
- IT Pro
- Know Your Cell
- Know Your Mobile
- Land Rover Monthly
- Mac Channel
- Maxim (UK)
- Men's Fitness
- Micro Mart
- PC Pro
- Poker Player
- The First Post
- The Week
- Web User