The Company


IBIS Media Data Services (Pty) Ltd is a South African company. It was founded in 1993 as a division of Integrated Business Information Systems (IBIS). That company originated from a management buyout of the interests of AC Nielsen in this country. Nielsen returned to South Africa in 1994 and acquired the interests it had previously disposed to local management. IBIS Media was not absorbed into Nielsen - at that stage Mike Leahy, the founder of the Media Manager concept, acquired control of IBIS Media and has been running it as an independent company ever since.

Mission Statement

Our mission is simple: to provide the most comprehensive and up-to-date media information available to supply the tools to use the information in day-to-day workflow of an advertising agency and PR consultant.

We have this mission because our staff understand the needs and application of media information, and are passionate about media.

Awards and accolades from clients


  • 1995: nominated for Media Innovator of the Year Award from Media Directors' Circle for version 1.6 of Media Manager
  • 1995: the first Specialist Press Association Pica Award for Electronic Publishing
  • 1998: two nominations for Media Innovator of the Year Award from Media Directors' Circle for Media Manager 2.1 and Media Inflation Watch
  • 2005: Mike Leahy is awarded Advertising Media Forum (AMF) Platinum award for services to the industry.

Our clients tell us

"...at the AGM it was noted that this year has been our best Public Relations year since the Foundation's forming in 1974 ... without Media Manager I certainly wouldn't have been able to reach so many of the media"

Tertia Slabbert, Varifin Direct, PR for the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation

"We use Media Manager every day. It is an absolutely vital tool"

Rob Smuts, RMS Media


Head Office
Johannesburg, South Africa
Street: 208 Mulbarton Road, Beverley Estates, Sandton, Gauteng
Post: PO Box 2721, LONEHILL, 2062

Telephone: 011-465-3704
Fax: 011-465-3731
Email: desk@mediamanager.co.za

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