NEW YORK, Nov. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Interactive One, LLC the digital connection for Black America and the digital division of Radio One, Inc. (Nasdaq: ROIAK and ROIA), the largest African American multimedia company, today announced the launch of GIANTLife.com to super-serve a highly underserved audience, affluent African Americans 21-34 and will suspend printing the bi-monthly GIANT magazine. GIANT magazine was acquired by Radio One in 2007 with a vision of creating an upscale lifestyle magazine for the African American community. Over the past 3 years GIANT magazine has become the preeminent source of Celebrity, Style and Culture for the urban consumer 21-34. GIANTLife.com will continue and expand upon the magazine's original vision by providing a larger audience with superior original content and access to an exclusive lifestyle.
Interactive One was launched by Radio One in 2008 to complement Radio One's existing portfolio of media companies and to serve the growing online African American community. Since its launch, Interactive One has quickly become the #1 online platform for the African American community. Powered by the mission to create an online community that informs, entertains and inspires, GIANTLife.com will be part of the Interactive One network.
"Over the past three years, the print version of GIANT magazine has grown in advertiser support and fostered a loyal following among readers both online and off," said Tom Newman, President of Interactive One. "The economic downturn has had a tremendous impact on print media and we had to make the decision to suspend printing the publication. Additionally we recognize the increase in demand for real time information and see this as an opportunity to leverage our existing robust online platform to better serve GIANT consumers and advertisers through our interactive medium."
GIANTLife.com launches with an exclusive video series hosted by Interactive One's Chief Content Officer Smokey D. Fontaine called Cover Stories. The debut episode features 12-time Grammy award winner Alicia Keys; forthcoming episodes will feature 50 Cent, supermodel Sessilee Lopez, LisaRaye and actress Paula Patton. Alicia Keys also will grace the final cover of the print version available on news-stands December 15.
GIANT magazine has been known for creative photography and superior editorial. Over the years GIANT magazine has covered such talents as Beyonce, Prince, Rihanna, Maxwell, and most recently Paula Patton. GIANTLife.com will offer consumers access to the same celebrity profiles through its products, TheGIANTList, Cover Stories hosted by Smokey Fontaine and exclusive coverage of cultural events and special features of emerging talent in the African American community.
"Suspending the print vehicle marks the end of an era, but I am thrilled with the opportunity to bring more Celebrity, Style and Culture to our audiences through my exclusive video series, and other integrated rich media opportunities," said Mr. Fontaine. "In the coming months consumers can look forward to more exclusive content from trend-setter and celebrity bloggers and active user participation and dialogue through TheGIANTList."
Interactive One is finalizing plans for its current GIANT magazine subscribers and will notify them over the next few weeks.
ABOUT INTERACTIVE ONE
Interactive One has over 15 million members and reaches over 9 million Black Americans each month. With approximately 8 billion annual page views on its suite of sites, the Company has become the definitive social network for Black America through BlackPlanet, as well as a number of leading content sites. These sites include: NewsOne (www.NewsOne.com), which provides up to the minute, comprehensive coverage of newsworthy events relevant to African Americans across the country and the world through syndicated news, original news reports, local content and opinion blogs from some of the most provocative minds in Black America; TheUrbanDaily (www.TheUrbanDaily.com), which serves as the eyes and ears for African Americans looking for a one-stop, comprehensive destination for entertainment news, information, gossip and opinion and original celebrity interviews; HelloBeautiful (www.HelloBeautiful.com), which celebrates the lives and style of African American women with a dynamic daily mix of fashion, beauty, entertainment and relationship content; and Elev8 (www.Elev8.com) which is a personal empowerment website dedicated to uplifting and enriching the lives of African Americans by offering services, tools, information and community;(www.GiantLife.com), which super-serves the affluent African American consumer through original content and celebrity bloggers.
ABOUT RADIO ONE
Radio One, Inc. (www.radio-one.com) is one of the nation's largest radio broadcasting companies and the largest radio broadcasting company that primarily targets African American and urban listeners. Radio One owns and/or operates 52 radio stations located in 16 urban markets in the United States. Radio One also owns Magazine One, which publishes Giant Magazine (www.giantmag.com), interests in TV One (www.tvoneonline.com), a cable/satellite network programming primarily to African Americans, Reach Media (www.blackamericaweb.com), owner of the Tom Joyner Morning Show and other businesses associated with Tom Joyner, and Interactive One. The company is led by Chairperson and Founder Catherine L. Hughes, and her son, Alfred Liggins, III, who is Chief Executive Officer and President.
SOURCE Interactive One, LLC