Amusement Today, Inc., based in Arlington, Texas, was formed in January 1997 by three West Texas newspaper professionals, including Gary Slade, the publication’s only editor & publisher, who became sole owner in January 2001.
Amusement Today was formed to serve the amusement, theme and water park industries. It has since expanded its coverage to include the mobile industry.
The trade publication has won five IAAPA awards, including the coveted Impact Award in 1997 for “Best New Product,” as well as numerous other industry-related awards. Slade, an avid photographer, has also won numerous photography awards through various other industry-related contests.
Amusement Today is also home to the annual Golden Ticket Awards, a two-day industry event that allows for industry professionals to learn and socialize, all while honoring their own as the “Best of the Best” with the Golden Ticket Awards ceremony.
As a trade newspaper, the publication is focused on the news side of the amusement industry, providing amusement-related editorial through its print and digital publications and two electronic media outlets. The print publication comprises 14 issues per year and is the only newspaper format for the industry. Amusement Today publishes an average of 3,000 copies per issue that reach the owners, managers and operators of parks and attractions along with the supplier side of the industry.
Amusement Today is also the only industry publication to promote the safety of the industry by publishing its monthly AIMS International News & Notes page. As a courtesy to the industry, the publication is mailed to all members of AIMS International.
The Amusement Today staff is made up of the industry’s most experienced group of media professionals, all of whom have long tenure in the amusement industry. From park owners and operators to industry suppliers, all are in agreement that Amusement Today is a must-read for any amusement industry professional.
AmuseWind, founded in 2007, is China’s leading publisher of the coin-operated amusement and game industry, providing the latest and most comprehensive market information through both our magazines and websites. AmuseWind magazine is the most powerful media in China and covers the industry with news and events, new products, interviews, industry trends and insights to name just a few. AmuseWind, as the most popular magazine, monthly attracts 300 plus companies showing their innovations and products and over 50,000 professional regular Chinese readers. Besides, we have established stable partnership with world-renowned media all over the world to grasp the international trend of the industry. We also actively cooperate with global exhibition organizers and attend global expos to get the first hand information about the industry.
To better serve the worldwide enterprises and readers, we also report the fastest news and latest trends of the Chinese market in our English website. And most detailed products information and our digital issues are also listed.
“Subscribe to AmuseWind to know better about the Chinese market and advertise in AmuseWind to be better known in China”, we firmly believe that AmuseWind is the best bridge over the Chinese and world market. More world focuses are expected.
Founded in 1989, Aquatics International is the only publication devoted exclusively to the commercial and public swimming pool industries. The magazine provides detailed information on designing, building, maintaining, promoting, managing, programming and outfitting aquatics facilities.
Aquatics International serves a readership that includes:
• park and recreation agencies
• colleges/universities/high schools
• water/theme parks
• fitness clubs
• community centers
• rehab centers/hospitals
• government and military installations
Additionally, the magazine provides information to contractors, consulting firms, manufacturers, distributors, service companies and others allied to the field. Now, we’ve expanded our reach to a virtual realm.
Aquatics International is owned by Hanley Wood Media, Inc., the leading business-to-business media company serving the pool and spa, housing, and construction industries.
Today, the Aquatics International Editorial, Sales and Production departments — as well as numerous contributing writers and consultants — produce the magazine, website, AI Connect, e-newsletters, various supplements and an annual directory.
Attractions Management magazine is read by over 8,000 owners, operators, developers and investors in the international attractions, museums, theme park and entertainment industry. Attractions Management offers vibrant, informative and stimulating coverage of people and projects in these exciting markets. Attractions Management has been chosen as the official publication of a number of organisations and events in the worldwide attractions industry. It is the official publication of TiLE, the ECSITE conference and the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions and carries the newsletter for BALPPA and the TEA Europe. As a member benefit, Attractions Management is mailed out to top industry professionals who are members of these associations.
Together, Bill and Rosanna Harris have combined over 85 years in publishing, private business, and collecting. The collections have ranged from agricultural steam engines to coin-operated gaming machines to automatic music and more. In their business lives they have been involved in the restoration of automatic music machines and gaming devices. In their carving shop they created full-sized hand carved statues which held a slot machine as the central body portion. They also oversaw the carving of full-sized carousel animals including lions, tigers, and horses.
Recently, they purchased Carousel News & Trader and renamed it slightly to Carousel & Automatic Music News. This brought together two great loves of their lives. Music and carousels go together, as one subscriber put it, “like bacon and eggs.”
Bill Harris began collecting at a very early age and eventually found himself in Strasburg, ND (home of legendary Lawrence Welk) where he found a coin-operated nickelodeon. Rather than purchase it, he traded something of value for it. He took it home to Minot, ND and there he restored it. This was the beginning of many adventures in the finding and restoration of all types of automatic musical instruments.
Along the way he also collected agricultural steam traction engines. The collection was eventually sold in order to open his own business, Dakota Firearms in Minot. During this period of time, he also started a daily news sheet which was left at local restaurants particularly for the lunch clientele. This was the beginning of the publishing business which would produce the news sheet, several books, and a collectors’ magazine.
After moving to Denver, Bill continued his interest in the various collectibles. But he became more involved in gaming collectibles which led him to buy a collectors’ magazine, The Coin Slot. Although the subscription base was small, he could see the potential and knew that with the burgeoning interest in gaming devices, it would grow. During this time, he bought, sold, traded and restored gaming devices and automatic musical instruments such as nickelodeons, band organs, musical boxes and more.
In 1978, he met Rosanna who was working as a bookkeeper. They soon were off on many adventures of sourcing and buying antique coin-operated gaming machines. It was a natural fit, since Rosanna could handle the bookkeeping part of the enterprise and Bill’s bookkeeper was moving on. She eventually took over the position of the editor of the magazine, The Coin Slot opening up a new field for her.
Books were also a part of the publishing arm of their company and both were deeply involved in the planning and production of the books and magazines. (There were two magazines – The Coin Slot and Coin Drop International.) They became involved in several shows promoting antique slot machines, jukeboxes, automatic music machines, carousel animals, band organs, and related collectible merchandise.
A part of the slot machine side of the business developed 6’ tall, hand-carved wooden statues which surrounded a slot machine making a cowboy, Indian, miner, woodsman, or other figure. Each figure, although similar to the others, was totally unique in the facial and finished appearance. Eventually the carving side of the business gave rise to creating full sized carousel horses and animals. With help from well-known collector and preservationist, Marianne Stevens, their shop produced a good number of carousel animals that went mainly to collectors to fill out their collections. Two horses found their way to England to be ensconced above the entry to a well known entertainment park in Great Yarmouth.
In late 2013, after finishing a publishing contract with a private organization, Bill and Rosanna purchased The Carousel News & Trader. They changed the name slightly to incorporate enhanced content, becoming Carousel & Automatic Music News. Each issue has a blend of carousels and music to give readers a broader spectrum of both very special interests.
Industry specific directory containing sources for animatronics, mechanical effects, scenic elements, pyrotechnics, water treatments, rigging, show production, costumes, AV services, draperies, lasers, show control, atmospheric effects, and more. Covering only Southern California, USA.
Professional trade association representing the North American entertainment technology industry. ESTA’s ANSI accredited Technical Standards Program creates standards and recommended practices for the industry. Under ESTA’s leadership, the Entertainment Technician Certification Program is bringing together leading industry associations, including the TEA, to develop the first industry-wide certifications for rigging skills and electrical skills. Membership services include education and information exchange; promotion of members at trade shows, in print and on-line; reduced costs on business services and credit assistance.
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