NEWBAY MEDIA ACQUIRES AV-IQ FROM INFOCOMM INTERNATIONAL

Publisher of Top AV Brands Adds Comprehensive Online Commercial AV Resource to Offerings

NEW YORK, NY (August 1, 2014) - NewBay Media, publisher of leading commercial AV magazines such as Systems Contractor News, Sound & Video Contractor, AV Technology, Digital Signage, Tech & Learning, Mix and Pro Sound News, as well as the Official InfoComm Show Daily and Show Guide, has announced the acquisition of AV-IQ, the AV industry's Equipment, Providers Directory & Industry Resource Center, from InfoComm International.


AV-IQ is a comprehensive online resource for the pro-AV industry that includes equipment database, case studies, local service directories, product comparison tools, and much more. It features My-iQ, a personalized, cloud-based industry information resource that allows users to select sources, choose their own content, decide when to receive alerts, manage their own project lists, and search current and historical data by brand, product type, or date.

"We are excited to have this unique, valued resource join our industry-leading AV and IT focused portfolio of brands and services," says Steve Palm, CEO, NewBay Media. "The addition of AV-IQ immediately strengthens our ability to serve the commercial AV market, and expands NewBay's data, analytics and lead generation capabilities."

"InfoComm has proudly owned AV-iQ for 14 years and has overseen its development from a simple online catalog to the robust, comprehensive resource it is today," says David Labuskes, CTS, RCDD, Executive Director and CEO, InfoComm International. "I was initially surprised, albeit flattered, when NewBay approached InfoComm about purchasing this asset. However, as the InfoComm leadership team evaluated the offer, we came to realize that a successful private enterprise, like NewBay, would be better situated to leverage this data solution than a non-profit association ever could."

The talented AV-IQ team has joined NewBay and will continue to be based out of its Minneapolis, MN offices. Management of AV-IQ will be handled by Adam Goldstein, EVP/Group Publisher, NewBay Media AV/Pro Audio, and Robert Ames, VP/Corporate Director of Digital Media.

"I look forward to working with the AV-IQ team to continue to build out this tremendous industry resource," adds Goldstein. "It's an exciting time for the commercial AV industry and my colleagues, both old and new, are excited about our expanding capabilities within this dynamic marketplace."

For more information on AV-IQ's research and lead generation capabilities, contact Adam Goldstein at 212-378-0468 or agoldstein@nbmedia.com.

About AV-IQ

AV-iQ provides North America with the most comprehensive pro-AV resource. Explore audiovisual equipment catalogs featuring the brand-new product data comparison tool and BIM library, and check out the case studies library for cutting-edge pro-AV inspiration. Locate nearby service providers with the AV Services Directory and Unified Communications directory. Get exclusive access to product news, industry updates and tools by registering for My-iQ. For more information, visit http://av-iq.com.

About InfoComm International

Now in its 75th year, InfoComm International® is the international trade association representing the professional audiovisual and information communications industries. InfoComm has more than 5,000 members, including manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, independent consultants, programmers, rental and staging companies, end-users and multimedia professionals from more than 80 countries. InfoComm International is the leading resource for AV standards, market research and news. Its training, certification and education programs set a standard of excellence for AV professionals. InfoComm International is the founder of InfoComm, the largest annual conference and exhibition for AV buyers and sellers worldwide. InfoComm also produces trade shows in Europe, the Middle East, China and Latin America. Additional information is available at www.infocomm.org.

About NEWBAY MEDIA

NewBay Media is positioned at the center of the world's most dynamic industries -Music, AV/Pro Audio, Consumer Electronics/Gaming, Video, Broadcast and Cable Television, and Education. We connect and inform millions of constituents in these industries through our award-winning content, integrated media capabilities, and high-profile network-building and informative events. NewBay proudly serves some of the broadest BtoB professional and music enthusiast communities in the world through over 60 print and digital publications, 100 integrated web and mobile applications, 75 conferences and conventions, custom marketing services and e-commerce capabilities. Find out more at www.newbaymedia.com.

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