Northside Music Festival

Zealot Networks takes a bite of the Big Apple

Danny Zappin's media firm buys Brooklyn-based publisher and live event company Northside Media Group.
June 5, 2015

A week after trumpeting its expansion into Nashville, “digital-first” media company Zealot Networks has announced that it has acquired Northside Media Group, a Brooklyn-based firm that specializes in large-scale live events, digital publishing and traditional print properties.

“The brand has built a strong regional presence by successfully exploring the concept of ‘what’s next,’ and their offerings resonate with millennials, tastemakers and those seeking something authentic and cutting edge,” said Danny Zappin, president and CEO of Zealot Networks, in a statement. “Through our support, we believe the brand has potential to go beyond its regional origins and become a global player.”

Northside Media Group‘s holdings include:

  • Northside Festival  – A SXSW-like music, film and innovation discovery festival holding its seventh annual installment in Brooklyn from June 8 to 14, expected to draw more than 100,000 people to see 400 bands, 150 speakers and 50 films.
  • Taste Talks  – A national series of festivals, founded in 2013, celebrating the future of taste through symposia, tastings, dinners and parties.
  • SummerScreen  – A free outdoor film and concert series held during July and August in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood.
  • Brooklyn Magazine  – An upscale quarterly print magazine celebrating the borough, with an online version featuring additional content including blogs for food and style.
  • The L Magazine  – A free bi-weekly New York City-based publication founded in 2003, featuring investigative articles, arts and culture commentary, and event listings
  • The Culture Network – Monthly program guides for top cultural institutions in New York City including The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), the Joyce Theater, New York Live Arts and Playwrights Horizons.


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