Publishing Innovation Conference

Posted on February 28, 2009 in News & Reviews

This year’s Publishing Innovation Conference will be held on Thursday 19th March at the London College of Communication. 

This year’s speakers will be debating the effects of the economic downturn on the publishing industry. The afternoon panel will be examining the contemporary magazine scene, with Jamie Bill (Publishing Director of GQ), Andy Cowles (Editorial Director at IPC Media) and Charlotte Stockting (the Publishing Director of Hello!).

In the evening, Andrew Franklin (Managing Director of Profile), Helen Fraser (Managing Director of Penguin) and Sam Husain (Chief Executive of Foyles) will all be sharing their experiences in order to help discover how the economic recession is affecting publishers and will be provoking debate on possible survival strategies.

The conference is FREE to all those interested in debating these vital issues. For more information and registration, visit

Podium Lecture Theatre
London College of Communication
Elephant & Castle,
3:45 Registration (Magazine)
4:15 – 5:15 Magazine Panel
    * Jamie Bill (Publisher, GQ)
    * Andy Cowles (Editoral Director, IPC Media)
    * Charlotte Stockting (Publishing Director, Hello!)
Issues for Debate include:
·    What models of alternative revenue can magazine publishers pursue?
·    How will the economic recession affect the portfolios of magazine publishers?
·    Will this be the start of the merger between publishing and the online world?
5:15 – 5:45 Refreshments served
5:45 Registration (Book)
6:15 – 7:15 Book Panel
    * Andrew Franklin (MD, Profile)
    * Helen Fraser (MD, Penguin)
    * Sam Husain (Chief Executive, Foyles)
* NB: The Book Panel will begin with the Macmillan Student Achievement Award, presented by Antony Forbes Watson (MD, Pan Macmillan)
Issues for Debate include:
·    Will editors be forced to get creative or will the tried-and-tested prevail?
·    How will marketing teams cope with lower budgets?
·    What are the effects of the relationship with retailers?

“Macmillan are delighted to be sponsoring this conference once again. The topicality of the theme and the excellent panels of invited speakers means the audience can expect, yet again, a lively and enjoyable debate.”

Annette Thomas (Chief Executive, Macmillan Ltd).