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Future Partners with the Press Association to Launch Football Week, A New Live-Updating Digital Interactive Magazine for iPad

 

 

• Updates live with latest Press Association (PA) data across the weekend

• On sale every Friday for followers of the English Premier League, previewing every game in full with live in-game updates

• Powered by Future’s proprietary app creation software, FutureFolio

• EA SPORTS™ on board as official gaming partner

Future, the international media group and leading digital publisher, is partnering for the first time with the UK’s leading content provider, the Press Association (PA), to launch Football Week, a weekly international iPad magazine for global followers of the English Premier League.

Launching in early February, Football Week will preview every EPL game with full editorial pieces, team news, head-to-head info, player data and the latest stats. Over the weekend, these will update with the addition of text commentary, in-game stats and post-match analysis.

Football Week is a truly interactive digital football magazine with the up-to-the-second flexibility of a website but the design and packaging of a digital edition. Substantial development work to Future’s own proprietary app creation software, FutureFolio, has enabled Football Week to be the company’s first iPad magazine to embellish editorial content with live content feeds.

The Premier League is broadcast in 212 territories around the world, working with 80 different broadcasters. Across the globe the Barclays Premier League continues to be the most watched football league in the world.

As the official data partner of the UK professional football leagues, the Press Association has a long history in delivering rich sports content around the clock – and Football Week, available every Friday, will automatically update with this live content across the football weekend.

As well as full game previews, a dedicated Future editorial team will provide a wealth of player interviews, think pieces and expert editorial about the wider issues of the modern game. Expert ‘datatorial’ pieces will use the PA’s market-leading football statistics whilst leading football writer Jonathan Wilson (The Guardian, Goal, World Soccer) will also be supplying an exclusive column on modern EPL tactics.

EA SPORTS are the official gaming partner for Football Week. A weekly dedicated EA SPORTS Zone will feature tips, tactics and competitions around FIFA 13, the world’s best-selling sports game, and its most popular game mode, FIFA Ultimate Team. EA SPORTS will promote Football Week to its social media audiences.

Up-to-the-minute injury news will be provided by PhysioRoom.com, the world’s leading resource for football injury data. As well as a regular presence in each addition of Football Week, PhysioRoom.com will feature heavily on the accompanying Football Week blog (www.thefootballweek.net).

Mark Cantwell, Football Week Publisher, says: “We truly believe this is the ultimate accompaniment to the weekend’s Premier League action. We have focussed on filling the gaps that traditional media like TV, Magazines and Websites leave behind, to put the consumer at the heart of everything we do and complete their weekend football experience. We are particularly proud of The Match Hub – it’s as live as it is possible to get and custom designed for the iPad.”

Mark Wood, Future CEO, says: “Football Week is a unique iPad product and a genuine first for Future. We are moving rapidly outside the boundaries of our traditional business and fusing the best aspects of print and web media together for the tablet. The Press Association has been the best partner possible for this new type of product and although their infrastructure and content are important it is their ambition and willingness to innovate with us that has been key.”

Tony Watson, Managing Director of the Press Association, says: “PA is working with Future because of its excellent publishing credentials on Newsstand. With our market leading content fuelling Football Week, together PA and Future can create new products for new markets at the cutting edge of digital publishing.”

Future is a world leader in iPad publishing and has sold well over two million editions of its brands on Apple’s Newsstand since its launch in October 2011. It has more digital editions available for iPad, iPhone and iPad touch than any other publisher including fully interactive, high definition brands like Mac|Life, Edge, Total Film, Cycling News HD, Gathered by Mollie Makes, tech. and Photography Week. FutureFolio, its app creation software, powers not just Future brands but a range of brands produced internationally by Future for other publishers. Recent launches in the UK include Jamie Oliver’s Jamie Magazine and ignition, a new monthly brand produced for Auto Trader.

For more information please contact Ben Pester, Communications Manager at ben.pester@futurenet.com or 0207 042 4035 and 07737 138 384

About Future plc:

  • Future plc is an international media group and leading digital publisher, listed on the London Stock Exchange (symbol: FUTR). 
  • We have operations in the UK, US and Australia creating 200 publications, apps, websites and events. 
  • We hold market-leading positions in Technology, Entertainment, Music, Creative and Sport & Auto sectors. 
  • Future sells more than 24 million magazines every year, that’s 45 magazines sold every minute. Our most well-known brands include T3, Total Film, Classic Rock and Official Xbox Magazine. 
  • We attract more than 50 million monthly global unique users to our websites, which include techradar.com, gamesradar.com, bikeradar.com and musicradar.com.
  • We deliver over 100 digital editions, selling over two million products in the last 12 months through Apple’s Newsstand for iPad.
  • Future exports or syndicates over 200 publications to over 90 countries, making us the UK’s number one exporter and licensor of magazine content.
  • Future is currently Consumer Digital Publisher of the Year for both the Association of Online Publishers and the Professional Publishers Association.

About FutureFolio (www.futurefolio.co.uk):

Built for publishers by publishers, FutureFolio is a flexible digital publishing tool that enables publishers to reproduce or enhance existing print content digitally so that it can be optimised for tablet and smartphone consumption quickly, easily and with the minimum of stress. Future has been in the content creation business for over 25 years and understand the workflow, staffing and budget constraints of publishers. FutureFolio was built to work with all these factors in mind and is the software platform for a range of leading interactive Tablet magazines including MacLife, Total Film, Edge, CyclingNews HD and Photography Week

About Press Association:

The Press Association is the UK’s leading multimedia news agency and digital content supplier. 

As well as being the home of the UK’s national newswire – which supplies news to national and regional newspapers, magazines and broadcasters – the Press Association has evolved as a provider of tailored multi-media content solutions for a broad range of businesses, brands and public sector organisations.  PA’s products and services span everything from sports data APIs, hosted live blogs, and social media content to media training, page production services and TV listings.

www.pressassociation.com

PA Group:

The Press Association is part of PA Group Limited, a private company with 27 shareholders, most of whom are national and regional newspaper publishers. The biggest shareholders are Associated Newspaper Holdings Limited, News International plc, Trinity Mirror plc and United Business Media plc.