Southland Publishing Buys Inland Empire Weekly

Then There Were Nine

August 30, 2006

Inland Empire Weekly, based in Corona, California, has sold its 21-week-old publication to Southland Publishing, Inc. The sale was announced today. The IE Weekly is one of the most recent alternative newsweeklies to begin publishing and serves a large market in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. Until recently, this region, with over 3.7 million people, was the largest and fastest growing Metropolitan Statistical Area in the U.S. without an alternative newsweekly.

“We are very pleased to announce that IE Weekly will be joining our family of weeklies,” said David Comden, Southland Publishing’s group publisher. “Looking at the Southern California region, this new paper helps to complete what was left of the Southland concept for us,” he added. For advertisers, Southland’s group buy allows many options for market coverage throughout Southern California.

Publisher Jeremy Zachary, editor Stacy Davies and managing editor Rich Kane will continue in their positions. All have alternative weekly experience and are former employees of the OC Weekly.

“In today’s merger climate it makes sense that we join the Southland Publishing family, allowing us to better serve our advertisers locally, regionally and nationally. With Stacy at the helm of editorial we’ll continue to evoke emotional response from readers while giving our advertisers the most talked about publication in the IE,” said Jeremy Zachary, publisher of IE Weekly.

With the addition of IE Weekly, Southland now publishes five weeklies with a total circulation of 265,000 and four monthly magazines with a combined circulation of 313,000 throughout Southern California.

They include:

Los Angeles CityBeat/ValleyBeat
San Diego CityBeat
Pasadena Weekly
Ventura County Reporter
Inland Empire Weekly

Southern California Senior Life
Arroyo Monthly Magazine
Ventana Monthly
Verdugo Monthly
100,000 circulation
50,000 circulation
40,000 circulation
35,000 circulation
40,000 circulation

205,000 circulation
40,000 circulation
33,000 circulation
35,000 circulation
For information, contact David Comden, 805.648.2244 x220

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