Mac Publishing is a publishing company based in
San Francisco, California, and is wholly owned by the International Data Group. It is the publisher of Macworldmagazine and numerous web sites, including [http://www.macworld.com Macworld.com] , [http://www.playlistmag.com Playlistmag.com] , and [http://www.macosxhints.com MacOSXHints.com] .
Mac Publishing LLC was created in September
1997as a joint venture between International Data Groupand Ziff-Davis, publishers of the two largest magazines focused on the Apple Macintoshat the time, IDG's Macworldand Ziff-Davis's MacUser, respectively. Originally called "Mac Publications," the company's name was quickly changed when it became clear that most everyone was referring to the company as "Mac Publishing" instead.
The joint venture between these two former archirivals occurred at a weak time for the Mac market, when both companies were unsure about the long-term viability of two large Mac-focused monthly magazines. The announcement of the joint venture occurred just days before the August 1997
Macworld Expoin Boston.
At the time of its founding, Mac Publishing's holdings included a unified
Macworldunder the banner "Macworld incorporating MacUser" as well as Ziff-Davis's MacWEEK. MacWEEKwas later transformed into an online entity and a short-lived print magazine called eMediaWeekly.
In 2000 the company bought the online news site
MacCentral, which it rolled into its Macworld.com web site in 2004.
In late 2001 the company became a wholly owned subsidiary of
International Data Groupwhen IDG bought out Ziff-Davis's share of the company. Colin Crawford, previously the president of IDG's Macworld Communications, took the reins as the CEO of Mac Publishing LLC when it was formed. When Crawford was promoted to a new position as an IDG corporate vice president in April 2003, he was succeeded by "Macworld" Editorial Director Rick LePage. LePage was replaced as president by PC World president Jeff Edman in June 2006.
It was internally announced on March 16, 2007, that Jeff Edman will be stepping down as President and CEO.
Colin Crawfordwill now be filling the role of President and CEO.
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