The magazines Filosofie Magazine, Historisch Nieuwsblad, Maarten! and New Scientist will be owned by Veen Media (VM), part of Veen, Bosch & Keuning Uitgevers Groep B.V. (VBK), after Shatho Beheer.
In recent years, Veen Media has transformed itself into a media company that thinks beyond magazines, to the brand and complete range of products: magazines, books, websites, special publications and events. Traditionally, the focus of VBK’s strategy has been on book publishing. However, in recent years, the magazine portfolio has proven to have less added value. That’s why in late 2018, VBK management decided to find a new home for the VM magazines and its employees.
VBK and Shatho Beheer reached an agreement to transfer company control, subject to approval by the Works Council and licensees.Shatho Beheer has committed itself acquire all of Veen Media’s magazines, websites, webshops and URLs: Historisch Nieuwsblad, Filosofie Magazine, Maarten! and New Scientist. The transfer will take place on 1 July, 2019.
Shatho Beheer is an “informal investor” made up of a team of people with a passion for entrepreneurship. The owners support entrepreneurs who share this same passion and motivation. Shatho believes in building solid companies and working with them for the long term.
In recent years, Shatho has expanded its chain by acquiring magazine label F&L Media and participating in others including: Printforce, Veenman +, Sweek, Mybestseller and Gigaprint. With its acquisition of Veen Media, Shatho will further strengthen its position in the market.
Veen, Bosch & Keuning Publishers Groep B.V. is the largest general publishing group in the Netherlands with major publishing houses in both the Netherlands and Belgium. Together, they represent approximately 7,500 writers.