Vivid Taps Industry Veteran Michael Klein

Vivid Entertainment has named industry veteran Michael Klein as its president of broadcasting and Internet, the adult service said Monday.

Klein, who previously held positions at LFP Inc. where he ran Hustler TV, as well as at In Demand, Vubiquity, Showtime and Playboy, will responsible for overseeing distribution for the organization’s adult content via online and traditional television.

“Michael has a wide range of skills and experience which will directly benefit Vivid and his success on the broadcasting side of our industry is unmatched.  We are delighted to have this highly respected executive on our team as we continue to grow our own TV and Internet businesses both domestically and internationally,” said Bill Asher, co-chairman of Vivid in a statement. 

R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.