New Management for Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE

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This just in via Event Industry News blog: BBC Magazines Bristol has assumed management of Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE, the UK’s largest family history event.

BBC Magazines Bristol has today announced that it has purchased a majority share and taken over the management of Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE, the UK’s largest family history event.

Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE was launched in 2007 by consumer event specialists Brand Events, and Wall To Wall, a Shed Media company and the production company behind the successful Who Do You Think You Are? television programme, which is now in its eighth UK series. The annual event is held at Olympia, London, and last year attracted over 14,000 visitors.

BBC Magazines Bristol, the award-winning specialist interest arm of BBC Magazines and publisher of Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine,will now be responsible for the production and management of Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE in conjunction with Wall To Wall. Brand Events will act as consultants for the 2011 event.

Andy Healy, Show Director of Who Do You Think You Are? LIVE and Publisher of Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine, said: “This is a great opportunity for us to further help genealogists, from beginners to experts, delve deeper into their own stories. The event has been so successful over the past four years, it’s incredibly exciting to be taking it on at such a buoyant time for this industry.”

Claire Hungate, Commercial Director of the Shed Media Group, commented: “Brand Events have done an amazing job of launching the show and establishing it as the biggest genealogy event in the UK and we very much look forward to building on that success and further developing the show’s reach with BBC Magazines Bristol.”

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What happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during The Great Recession of 2008? You get Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media connector, online community builder and more. Thomas was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High Definition Genealogy. He also created an online community of over 3,000 family history bloggers known as GeneaBloggers. His most recent endeavor, Hack Genealogy, is an attempt to “re-purpose today’s technology for tomorrow’s genealogy.” Thomas describes himself as a lifelong learner with a background in a multitude of topics who has finally figured out what he does best: teach, inspire, instigate, and serve as a curator and go-to-guy for concept nurturing and inspiration. Thomas is a big believer in success, and that we all succeed when we help each other find success.


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