To gather and inspire SA’s affluent women
Associated Media Publishing’s mission is to grow excellent media brands, which attract an affluent women audience by delivering quality content and experiences through various media platforms
Associated Media Publishing (AMP) is the leading independent publisher of women’s media brands in South Africa, producing the successful and respected local and international titles Cosmopolitan, Good HouseKeeping and Goeie Huishouding, Marie Claire, O, The Oprah Magazine and House and Leisure.
Founded in 1983, AMP is a family-run business with a heritage and a legacy in women’s magazines. The company’s strong ties with Hearst Corporation started when Cosmopolitan was launched in South Africa under the leadership of Jane Raphaely. In 2002 this relationship was strengthened when the company secured the rights to publish the first international edition of O, The Oprah Magazine. Since then AMP extended its international ties to include a partnership agreement with Marie Claire Group to publish Marie Claire. In 2011 Good Housekeeping and Afrikaans version, Goeie Huishouding, were added to the stable.
We pride ourselves on the quality of our content, our close relationship with our audience and our commitment to the success of our commercial partners.
Founded by the undisputed doyenne of South African publishing, Jane Raphaely, the company is now under the business leadership of Julia Raphaely and the content direction of Vanessa Raphaely.
AMP is fully committed to a 360-degree future. We are steadily growing our presence in the digital, mobile, events and activation arenas. Through our creative and proactive approach to publishing, AMP reaches millions of consumers each month.
With 29 years of experience and a passion and level of professionalism that sets us apart, we pride ourselves on being the most dynamic, creative and solutions-based company in our industry. Our teams think big, win awards, drive campaigns and make news. Most significantly, we deliver.
We know women.
Jane Raphaely - Chairman of Associated Media Publishing and Editor-in-Chief of O, the Oprah Magazine
Jane Raphaely is renowned for her courage in tackling touchy issues, her kindness, support and chicken soup for staff who are ill or in trouble, the many editors who have come from her stable and the contribution her magazines have made to South African culture.
For 19 years Fair Lady magazine, under her leadership, dominated the market, pioneering the promotion of black models and writers, publishing Zindzi Mandela’s poems to her father in prison, advocating sex education for children and always championing women and their causes.
In 1984 Jane left Fair Lady and went on to launch, edit and publish the South African edition of Cosmopolitan. This was followed by the acquisition and revamp of Femina magazine in 1988, and the launch of the Cosmopolitan Fashion Directory, Brides and Homes, House and Leisure and Baby & Me. In 2002 Jane was successful in bringing O, The Oprah Magazine to South Africa. In 2003 Associated Magazines acquired the license to publish Marie Claire from the Marie Claire Group.
Jane's passion for quality journalism, her concern for the development of female potential, her ability to find and train talent, and her enthusiasm for causes have created magazines which South African women have followed faithfully. In June 2012 Jane published her autobiography, JANE RAPHAELY unedited, in which she shares her story, and her recipe on how she ‘did it’. For more on the autobiography, go to www.janeraphaely.com
Julia Raphaely is a shareholder in Associated Media Publishing and Managing Director of the group. Since joining AMP full time in August 1993, Julia has played a significant role in establishing the company as one of the largest independent publishers of glossy women’s magazines in South Africa. Julia joined AMP as Public Relations (PR) and Corporate Development Manager and through the years entrenched herself as one of the leading women in the publishing sector, building the AMP stable into the powerhouse it is today. Julia gained her experience by holding a variety of positions at AMP, including stints as Associate Publisher of Associated Magazines, Publisher of O, The Oprah Magazine (South Africa) and Managing Editor of Femina.
As Managing Director of the company she is responsible for setting the overall strategic direction and creating a vision for the group; improving business results and overseeing the group’s day-to-day operations.
Julia completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Cape Town in 1987, after which she studied at the AAA School of Advertising (graduating with honours from the latter). She also completed a Masters degree in Interactive Telecommunication at the University of New York in 1993.