LXTV founders Joseph Varet and Morgan Hertzan have agreed to acquire the upscale lifestyle network Plum TV. The pair bought it out of bankruptcy auction and will serve as co-presidents.
Broadcast veteran Terry Mackin was in the running for Plum, but was outbid. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Plum TV is currently distributed on cable in Aspen, Vail, Telluride, Sun Valley, Miami, the Hamptons, Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. Varet in Los Angeles and Hertzan in New York aspire to not only build a national footprint for the service, but take export it.
"We plan to rapidly grow Plum TV's distribution via digital, television, and out-of-home media," said Varet, "and expand Plum TV as a national lifestyle network while retaining its resort community programming and DNA. Our vision is to bring the compelling resort lifestyle of Plum TV's existing local programming to a national and international audience."
Noted Hertzan: "Plum offers a great opportunity to build an international lifestyle multi-media business and will provide platforms where advertisers can reach the most desirable demographic in an environment that reflects the quality and excellence of their brands. We have many exciting programming plans for Plum which we will announce in the coming weeks and months."
Creative Artists Agency advised Hertzan and Varet on the transaction and will provide advisory services to Plum. The buyers were represented by law firm Paul Hastings LLP.
"We are excited to be in business with Joseph and Morgan," said Tom Scott, Plum's founder and chairman. "We love their passion and experience, and we believe in their vision for Plum."
Lifestyle/entertainment outfit LXTV was acquired in 2008 by NBC's owned stations.Neither Hertzan nor Varet currently still work at NBCUniversal.
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Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.
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