Another licence gone for Mongoose Media as IMV takes over Esquire Singapore

Publisher Mongoose Media has seen another international publication disappear from its portfolio after the media licence of Esquire Singapore  was transferred to Indochine Media Ventures.

The Esquire Singapore team. Source Mongoose Media

The company’s Singapore-based branch first launched the men’s magazine in 2012 and has overseen its publication for the past five years.

Under editorial leadership of Zul Andra and Wayne Cheong, the magazine has scooped a slew of Media Publishers Association of Singapore Awards in that period, including those for Editor of the Year and Cover of the Year.

The magazine’s six-strong editorial team and three sales staff will now transfer to IMV.

Executive chairman Graham Paling said: “Esquire Singapore has been an excellent part of our portfolio. I’m really proud of the award-winning publication and the fantastic team. We have achieved everything with the brand that we set out to achieve when we launched Esquire Singapore. It is time to let another publisher take the reins and IMV is the perfect fit with their focus on luxury publications.”

The news follows Mongoose’s loss of the Time Out Singapore licence following its reclamation by London-based brand owner Time Out Inc. However, Time Out Inc has stated it intends to maintain the brands’s presence in Singapore under the management of Time Out Digital. Mongoose Media said at the time that all Time Out staff had been offered roles by the newly-formed company to continue working on the title.

Meanwhile, Mongoose’s Malaysian branch also recently lost the licenses for Women’s Health and Men’s Health after just two years.

Following this news, the company announced the departure of CEO Patrick Brennan, who held the role for just two years. A replacement for him has still to be announced.

Esquire Singapore will be transferred to IMV offices in Singapore and take effect from November 1.


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