Iconic Lesbian Magazine Diva Under New Ownership

Twin Media Group announces its takeover of UK's Diva Magazine.



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Twin Media’s owners and founders are Silke Bader and Linda Riley. Bader is a global leader in lesbian media, owning Curve in the USA and Australia’s LOTL. Riley is the former publisher of g3 magazine and currently runs a raft of diversity events. Bader and Riley already run the Australian LGBTI Awards with other international diversity events in the pipeline.

This is the first time in the magazine’s 22 years that it has been wholly owned by lesbians. Reassuring readers and staff, Bader announced: “We have no plans for any changes at all in our staffing structure and, in fact, anticipate growing the DIVA team in the near future, especially with regard to our digital offerings.”

First published in 1994, DIVA has long been at the vanguard of the lesbian media world.

Riley added, “With our knowledge and experience gained in lesbian publishing in the UK, USA and Australia, my team and I are looking forward hugely to driving the business forward, to serving our lesbian readership with compelling, engaging and provocative content, and we already have some exciting new columnists in the pipeline.”

Simon Topham, CEO of current owner Millivres Prowler Group (MPG) said, “ I am delighted that DIVA will pass into such good hands – the sale is prompted by MPG’s shift in focus to the gay male market, in particular on the future growth plans for Gay Times and Prowler Retail.”

ABOUT SILKE BADER

Silke is the sole owner of LOTL & CURVE Magazine, and was listed as the 8th most powerful lesbian by CLEO Magazine . She also sits on the Board of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, the Australian LGBT Awards and Zambi Wildlife Retreat. Silke and her partner of 18 years were instrumental in the changing of the New South Wales adoption laws.

She lives with her partner and her two teenage children in Sydney, Australia

ABOUT LINDA RILEY

Linda Riley is the founder of major diversity events such as the European Diversity Awards, an event which honors individuals and organizations who work to help create a fairer, more inclusive society. She is also the founder of the Global Diversity List, a comprehensive guide to the individuals who are putting diversity at the heart of human resources within the world’s biggest organizations.

She is co-founder and trustee of the Inclusive Foundation, an independent charity providing grants, advice and assistance to charitable and voluntary organizations working in equality, diversity and inclusion across the UK and Europe.

Linda is a trustee of Action Breaks Silence, a charity working to empower and educate girls at risk of violence in India and Africa. She is a Patron of the LGBT youth homelessness charity, Albert Kennedy Trust and in May 2014, she was appointed onto the Board of Directors for GLAAD.

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