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NBC Local Media Acquires Marketing Outfit Skycastle Entertainment

NBC Local Media acquired the marketing and promotional assets of Skycastle Entertainment, and the new unit will “focus on developing and producing customized 360-degree marketing and promotional solutions for the group’s advertising partners.”

Skycastle was founded by former NBC employees Joseph Candido and David Warshawsky, who will continue to lead the division. They will report to WMAQ Chicago president and general manager Larry Wert.

Skycastle previously served as the primary outside sales, marketing and promotion company for the NBC-owned stations. It will remain headquartered at KNBC Los Angeles and will open offices at other NBC O&Os.

The acquisition represents another move by the NBC station group to recast itself as a multimedia presence in its markets.

“Our stations have worked closely with Skycastle for years, and their services were critical in terms of fulfilling some of our most important sales deals,” NBC Local Media president John Wallace said. “As our clients look for more integrated and custom marketing solutions, it only makes sense to bring this resource in-house and have a unit specifically dedicated to creating and executing these types of local multiplatform initiatives.”

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.