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(New York, NY- July 26, 2000) (Nasdaq: INTM) and Penton Media (NYSE: PME) today jointly announced that the companies have extended their cooperative services alliance through November 2003, effective immediately. The two companies had a prior promotional alliance as part of the November 1998 purchase of Mecklermedia by Penton Media and the subsequent spin-off of

Under the terms of the alliance, both companies will continue to receive, without cost, valuable promotion through each other's global business-to-business media properties. For example, will continue to receive booth space, promotional signage and other promotion at the Internet World and ISPCON exhibitions, as well as advertising in Internet World and Boardwatch magazines. Penton will receive a premium ad position and advertising on the network of Web sites and Internet media properties. Additional terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

"We're very pleased to extend our relationship with Penton Media so that can continue to build its brand, revenues and reach by marketing our products and services at Penton's Internet World and ISPCON tradeshows and conferences and Internet World and Boardwatch print publications," said Alan M. Meckler, Chairman and CEO of "Having launched these properties several years ago, we're proud to see them flourish under Penton's direction and we will continue to provide them with the reciprocal marketing support on the network of Internet properties that will further their success."

"Penton also is delighted to extend our mutual marketing agreement with," said Thomas L. Kemp, CEO of Penton Media. "The relationship has been mutually successful as the power of the Internet World, ISPCON and Boardwatch brands, along with the brand, has meant strong synergies and great benefit to our customer base. The extension of our marketing agreement will help Penton continue its great success with its in-print, in-person and online media portfolio."

About and Venture Funds Corporation (, the Internet Industry Portal, is located in Darien, CT. It is a leading provider of global real-time news and information resources for Internet industry and Internet technology professionals, Web developers and experienced Internet users. operates a network of 126 Web sites, 177 e-mail newsletters, 117 online discussion forums and 78 moderated e-mail discussion lists with over 2.4 million unique visitors that generate 140 million page views monthly. Total "views," which include Web site page views, e-mail newsletter views and e-mail discussion list views, are now nearly 200 million per month.'s global presence includes editions in Arabia, Asia, Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Español, France, Germany, India, Israel, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Taiwan and the United Kingdom., with its related Venture Funds I, II and III, is an investor in a number of business-to-business content sites and related Internet media properties.

About Penton Media
Penton Media, Inc. (NYSE: PME) is a leading diversified business media company that produces 50 market-focused magazines, 90 Web sites and 115 trade shows and conferences around the world. Penton serves the Internet/broadband; natural products/food/retail; manufacturing; electronics; design/engineering; management; supply chain/aviation; government/compliance; mechanical systems/construction; and leisure/hospitality markets. For more information, visit (

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For more information contact:
Steve Rubel
Schwartz Public Relations
(212) 677-8700 x23
[email protected]

Mary Ann Boland Corporation
(212) 547-7939
[email protected]

Penton Media
Dara Tyson
(203) 559-2972
[email protected]

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