Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Future plc names the lead developer of its digital publishing platform, Paul Hudson, to the new role of Director, FutureFolio

Future plc today announced the appointment of Paul Hudson to the new role of Director, FutureFolio. FutureFolio is the publisher's own proprietary app creation software.

Hudson has been the lead developer of FutureFolio since its inception and in his new role will oversee its deployment in Future’s software licensing and partnership publishing businesses as well as in the roll-out of Future’s own tablet products, the company said.

As part of the announcement, Future said that readers had sold 3 million digital magazines on the iPad and other tablets, and had generated more than $11m in revenues through Apple’s Newsstand alone.

"FutureFolio has played a key part in making Future a leader in the international tablet market, enabling us to produce innovative and highly interactive titles," Future’s CEO, Mark Wood, said. "Paul has always been the creative force behind FutureFolio, and will now drive forward all our Folio-related businesses, which are an increasingly important part of the company’s growth strategy."
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FutureFolio's abilities to create native tablet magazines can be seen best in two recent launches by the publisher: Photography Week was launched in November (see original TNM post here), and Football Week, launched earlier this month, in which Future is partnering with the Press Association (see original TNM post here).

"FutureFolio is an awesome tool that lets us develop our own brands while also reducing risks for other publishers who want to get into the fast-moving tablet marketplace. This is a fantastic industry to be in, and we want readers and other publishers to feel just as excited as we do," Hudson said in the company's announcement.