Gubbins passes Screen test to take helm as new editor

Gubbins: “closest tomy heart” Screen: has international profile

The editor of Computing magazine, Mike Gubbins, has been made editor of the film industry’s B2B magazine Screen International.

The position of editor was created earlier this year to allow editor-in-chief of five years, Colin Brown, to play a more strategic development role.

Gubbins worked in the daily regional press for around 12 years, including the role of news editor at the South Wales Evening Post and five years as deputy editor at the Lincolnshire Echo.

Moving into magazines, he has spent the past four years at VNU’s Computing.

Largely controlled-circulation, the title has a distribution of around 115,000 copies, and won several awards under Gubbins -ironically, it recently beat Screen to land the Association of Online Publishers Award for Best Integration ofMedia.

Serving subscribers in more than 70 countries, Screen International was named as this year’s PPA International Business Magazine of the Year.

Gubbins first started reading Screen International 20 years ago, when taking a two-year Fuji Film Scholarship.

He then went into print journalism, something he had always wanted to do.

He said: “It is really odd to work at a paper you have read for so long. It is another interesting twist in my career and it’s probably the closest to my heart.

“I know it’s covering an exciting part of business, but this role is really about focusing on what the reader wants and when they want it.

“It is not just a weekly newspaper, but a 24-hour daily news service, and I will be drawing on my experience in the daily press and bringing in new ideas.”

Publisher Tim McLoughlin added: “This appointment represents an important investment in quality for the Screen portfolio. These are exciting times to be publishing for the global film business. You can expect a lot of exciting change at Screen.”

Gubbins takes up his position on 13 December.

 

Toby Wolpe will step in as editor-in-chief of Computing as Mike Gubbins prepares to leave.

Wolpe joined VNU in 2000 and became editor-in-chief of IT Week following the acquisition of Ziff Davis.

He has edited Personnel Today and Your Computer and spent four years as deputy editor on Computer Weekly , the direct rival to Computing.

Wolpe said: “I’ve worked with Mike a lot over the past few years and we have worked closely on differentiating IT Week and Computing. It makes sense for me to take this role with my experience in the business press and, in particular, with technology related papers.”

By Sarah Lagan

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