Multimedia Platforms Inc. is a publicly traded industry-leading Multimedia Technology and Publishing company that integrates print media with social media, and related online platforms, to deliver information and advertising to niche markets. MMP teams utilize its proven business model to deliver niche publications and online platforms that target one of the most sought-after demographics in the world. MMP has recently expanded its concept to include video and mobile applications reaching deep into the international LGBTQ community.
MMP’s top brands include The Agenda, a Florida-based weekly LGBTQ newspaper covering world, national and local news and events; and Guy Magazine, a weekly entertainment and lifestyle full-color publication covering the burgeoning South Florida LGBTQ marketplace. MMP’s plan to interweave print, web and mobile delivery of the highest quality news and entertainment information via a variety of platforms crosses all cultural, generational and preferred modality barriers to reach an unprecedented audience.
Multimedia Platforms’ properties span 40 cities in North America and represent five iconic brands in three of America’s most populous LGBT markets—California, New York and Florida. Collectively, Multimedia Platforms’ current brands represent 7.5 million readers and 4 million unique online visitors annually.
Multimedia Platform Brands
Representing five iconic brands in three of America’s most populous LGBT markets and 40 cities across North America, there’s no better way to reach this loyal and affluent demographic, which represents $884 billion in buying power in the United States alone.
Collectively, Multimedia Platforms’ brands represent 7.5 million readers and 4 million unique online visitors annually, which allow companies and organizations of all sizes the ability to quickly and effectively target the LGBT community via digital, video, print and unique experiential events, both on a national and local level.
Agenda Florida is the statewide weekly LGBT newspaper for the state, with rapidly growing coverage and distribution from Jacksonville and Orlando to Fort Lauderdale and Key West.
Frontiers Media is active in mobile, digital, streaming video and experiential events but is best known as the publisher of Frontiers, a biweekly lifestyle magazine offering the latest in politics, health, fitness, gossip, celebrity, entertainment, relationships, travel and shopping, which is circulated throughout California, Nevada and online.
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It’s the hot, modern weekly guide more people are turning to for the latest in entertainment, nightlife, dining and more, available throughout South Florida and Central Florida via special monthly edition.
Next is a weekly comprehensive lifestyle resource for all New Yorkers. Published weekly, it has always aimed to highlight both popular and under-the-radar events, personalities and products that appeal to a diverse range of men, especially when those stories are about New Yorkers themselves. Next is circulated throughout New York City, Upstate New York, New Jersey and Fire Island.
Launching this fall, WiRLD is the first global digital media hub that will give users a completely new way to interact with and share content—both unique and aggregated—online, including news, entertainment, pop culture, lifestyle stories, social blogs, photos and premium video, all curated specifically for the LGBT community right down to the individual user. It will drive new traffic and engagement with social media platforms and WiRLD advertisers.
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Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Blair has over 25 years of experience in leadership in the business world. At the age of 27 he became one of the youngest general managers of a professional sports franchise in U.S. history. World Team Tennis/Billie Jean King hired him to lead the Tampa, Florida, franchise.
In 1993, Blair created one of the most successful distressed single family home redevelopment companies in America, based in Orlando, Florida.
Blair’s real estate success was brought to national attention in 1997 when he was hired as the national spokesperson for the real estate seminar division of Successmagazine, an internationally renowned publication with over 100 years’ history in showcasing successful entrepreneurs from all over the world. Robert Blair Real Estate continues to thrive as a leader in the distressed single-family home redevelopment niche.
In 2007, Blair began the creation of what has turned into one of the nation’s most successful LGBT multimedia companies, consisting of men’s entertainment magazines, weekly newspapers, entertainment and news websites and social media platforms that consist of thousands of followers from all over the world.
Blair is currently working on creating an international LGBT mobile application that will offer the latest entertainment and news technology to the LGBT community.
President, & Group Executive Publisher
Jackson was appointed President and Group Executive Publisher of MMP in May 2015 and is responsible for the overall growth, leadership and daily operations of the Fort Lauderdale-based company’s print media and its online counterparts. He sits as a member of the board of directors.
He is a 30-year veteran of the publishing industry whose career in the publishing business has run the gamut from journalist, editor, advertising director, publisher and owner to experience on a national level as a corporate executive for one of the nation’s largest privately owned media chains, where he served as vice president of sales and marketing, overseeing 120-plus publications in 12 states and the Caribbean.
Later, as president of an advertising sales training consulting business, Jackson helped multimedia groups nationwide make the transition from print to web, trained hundreds of advertising sales reps and has been a speaker on revenue growth at North America’s leading print industry associations including Inland Press, the New York Press Association and the Canadian Press Association.
Jackson has experience in LGBTQ media as well, having served at one point as sales director for a leading publishing group that included the Washington Blade, New York Blade, Southern Voice and Houston Voice.
A fitness enthusiast and certified personal trainer, he founded and built two successful fitness businesses as well as a yoga studio in the Fort Lauderdale area since 2009, has written a nationally syndicated fitness column and is considered an expert in HIV/AIDS fitness protocols. In 2014, he received a community service award by the Brian Neal Fitness and Health Foundation for his work in HIV/AIDS fitness.
President, Digital Media
Turner has 25 years of experience providing private equity, financial advisory, transaction and valuation services. In February 2014, he purchased the assets of Frontiers Media to build a niche media company with multiple platforms focused on the LGBT market. From 2005 to 2012, he was a Managing Director with The Courtney Group, a boutique merchant bank providing private equity and investment banking services, located in Newport Beach, Calif. In 2008, Turner formed TL Vistas Capital Partners to focus on advising early stage and growth stage companies on strategic and financial matters, including financings, acquisitions and the formation of alliances and partnerships.
Turner is an investor in a number of companies in a wide array of industries, including consumer products, financial services, manufacturing, media, energy and clean tech. He is active in several companies as a principal and strategic advisor.
Turner has provided due diligence, valuations and opinion letters on well over 250 transactions involving mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, financings, recapitalizations and leveraged buyouts. His clients have included private equity groups, Fortune 1000 companies and middle-market companies. He has advised and assisted on a number of leveraged buyouts in excess of $1 billion each. Previously he worked for eight years at Valuation Research Corporation as a Vice President, leading its West Coast practice. Turner also cofounded a multimedia company, worked for Marshall & Stevens and for Unocal Corporation in the tax department. He is trained in both real estate and business analysis and valuation. Turner holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Colorado and an MBA from the University of Southern California with an emphasis on finance and real estate. He resides in Los Angeles and New York.
Vice President, Editorial
Hack is an award-winning journalist and author of 17 books, three mini-series and over two-dozen audio recordings, including the New York Times bestselling Hughes: The Private Diaries, Memos and Letters. He has written about the rich and notorious in numerous other biographies such as Duchess of Death: The Unauthorized Biography of Agatha Christie, Puppet Master: The Secret Life of J. Edgar Hoover, the Michael Jackson Story Jackson Family Values and Clash of the Titans, which chronicles Ted Turner and Rupert Murdoch. His current book, The Baby Boomers’ Guide to the Fountain of Youth (with fitness trainer Andy Kress), investigates the obesity and nutrition crisis in America and offers a simple and revolutionary plan to promote weight loss and physical health.
Hack served as the West Coast National Programming Editor of TV Guide at a time when it was the world’s largest magazine with 40 million readers and 50 separate editions per week. In addition, he served as the TV editor of the trade paper The Hollywood Reporter, for which he wrote 3,000 columns, syndicated across the U.S.
He has made multiple appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King, 60 Minutes, 48 Hours, Good Morning America, Today Show, Tonight Show, Entertainment Tonight, Inside Edition and Charlie Rose, among others.
Hack holds a Master’s of Science degree from Pennsylvania State University’s College of Health and Human Development, and currently lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Vice President, Finance
Hart has over 30 years of vast accounting and finance experience, including 10 years with KPMG, one the world’s largest international public accounting firms. Most recently, Hart expanded his private practice to form R3 Accounting LLC.
Hart has extensive experience dealing with SEC and other regulatory matters, such as initial and secondary public offerings, private placements, formulating responses to various SEC inquiries, compliance with SEC reporting requirements (Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K), dealing with banks, private investors and investment bankers in obtaining debt and/or equity financing, and appearing before the IRS representing clients on IRS audits. He also has widespread experience with mergers and acquisitions, including transactional documentation, back and front office systems implementations for small to medium-sized businesses, business consulting with small public and private companies and their executives and various other accounting, finance and tax services.
Hart holds bachelor’s degrees in Accountancy, Economics and Business Administration from Thomas More College, and has been a certified public accountant since 1984. He is also the former Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce for Oakland Park/Wilton Manors.
Vice President, Operations
Hopper helped launch The Express Gay News in 1999. Its level of journalistic integrity and investigative reporting was well-received in the then-underserved LGBT news market. The publication was acquired by Window Media in 2003, and Hopper was promoted to Publisher. The following year, Hopper negotiated the acquisition of another local title, 411 magazine.
After working for Window Media for 10 years, Hopper went on to run both their Florida and Atlanta offices and became sales director of their national men’s magazine,Genre. Hopper was then hired by Dynamix Unified Solutions to run their North American sales channels. The company specializes in communication, data recovery and security services. The company’s sales grew exponentially during Hopper’s two years there.
In 2010, Hopper joined Bobby Blair to create Florida Agenda and Guy magazine. His experience in sales, marketing and promotions, combined with his eye for creative and editorial innovation, have helped shape the brands and create value in the competitive south Florida market. Hopper attended the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale and American InterContinental University.
Maura “Mumball” Lane
Vice President, Sales
A dynamic senior sales leader with expertise in hiring, training, motivating and retaining account executives and managers, Lane is passionate about establishing relationships with SMB clients and advertising agencies that result in revenue growth. She has a strong reputation as a creative problem-solver, delivering integrated marketing campaigns that utilize digital, event and media resources, and is known for creating effective sales marketing initiatives that evangelize brands and change advertiser perceptions.
With over 25 years in radio at market-leading stations such as V-103 in Baltimore, KISS FM and HOT 97 New York and HOT 105 in Miami, she has expertise in diverse segments, including African-American, Hispanic and LGBT markets.
Lane was most recently the General Sales Manager Marketing Services for Cox Media Group Miami. She led this department, which developed and executed branding workshops, custom media, digital and research campaigns and inbound marketing for regional and national brands. Prior to creating this department, she served as the General Sales Manager for the market, leading WHQT-FM for eight years.
A talent-focused manager, she believes in getting things done through inter-department collaboration, innovation and helping others achieve their goals. An active member of her community, Lane is a founding member of the Pride Center at Equality Park and the Fort Lauderdale Road Runners. She lives in Fort Lauderdale with her wife, Ilene Berliner, and their three pups, Happy, Minnelli and Garland.
Vice President, Marketing & New Media Ventures
Schukraft is a 36-year-old L.A. native residing in West Hollywood. He has lived in Milan, Amsterdam, Hong Kong and most recently Cordoba, Argentina.
At 21, Schukraft shared the idea of ID90., a travel website for airline employees, with his family. His parents agreed to fund the venture with a $10,000 loan, but only on the condition that he move back to the States. At the time Schukraft was living in Hong Kong, modeling throughout Southeast Asia. Schukraft did come home, and this money—along with $16,000 he made from importing and selling scooters at flea markets across Southern California—was enough to fund the launch of the ID90 Group, which would later include 24/7 operation, with 111 employees on four continents, and banking operations in nine countries with clients spanning the globe, from Moscow to Sydney.
In 2013, Schukraft took on two longterm incumbents for West Hollywood City Council in the 2013 election, who ultimately won. However, Schukraft made his mark within West Hollywood receiving 1.8 million impressions on Facebook in the six weeks prior to Election Day, becoming a recognized figure within the gay community far outside West Hollywood. An aviation enthusiast, Schukraft has been to 93 countries, travelled millions of miles and still gets excited to fly on an airplane.
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