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TENNIS CHANNEL APPOINTS PETER STECKELMAN SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, BUSINESS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS

SANTA MONICA, August 25, 2011

Tennis Channel, the only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to both the professional sport and tennis lifestyle, today named Peter Steckelman senior vice president of business and legal affairs, effective immediately. He comes Peter Steckelmanto the network with more than 15 years of experience in major corporate business affairs practice.

 

Steckelman reports to Bill Simon, chief operating officer and chief financial officer, Tennis Channel. Working in the network's Los Angeles headquarters, Steckelman manages all business and legal affairs activities. This includes content licensing, programming, tournament production matters, intellectual property oversight, and athlete names and likenesses. He also serves as Tennis Channel's senior in-house legal affairs advisor.

 

In addition to being responsible for legal aspects associated with the network's various brand platforms, Steckelman will work closely with Tennis Channel executive teams to maintain transactional contract precedent, coordinate network and licensed footage use, manage sweepstakes, ensure broadband media distribution and synchronize the network's overall distribution through its affiliates.

 

"As Tennis Channel engages in an increasing amount of business partnerships, we're happy to have someone with Peter's extensive background and experience at the helm of our business and legal affairs department, a critical area of our organization," said Simon.

 

Steckelman spent the past three years at Konami Digital Entertainment, where he negotiated and drafted licensing, merchandising, game development and distribution agreements for both Konami-based and studio-owned intellectual properties. He has held positions in business and legal affairs at The Walt Disney Company, Fox Family Worldwide, Mattel and Warner Bros.

 

A lifelong tennis aficionado who plays in recreational leagues and pro-am tournaments, Steckelman earned his bachelor of arts from Rutgers University and juris doctor from New York Law School.

Tennis Channel (www.tennischannel.com)is the only 24-hour, television-based multimedia destination dedicated to both the professional sport and tennis lifestyle. A hybrid of comprehensive sports, health, fitness, pop culture, entertainment, lifestyle and travel programming, the network is home to every aspect of the wide-ranging, worldwide tennis community. It also has the most concentrated single-sport coverage in television, with telecast rights to the US Open, Wimbledon, Roland Garros (French Open), Australian Open, Olympus US Open Series, ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events, top-tier WTA competitions, Davis Cup and Fed Cup by BNP Paribas, and Hyundai Hopman Cup. Tennis Channel is carried by nine of the top 10 MSOs, Verizon FiOS TV, AT&T U-verse, DIRECTV and DISH Network.

 

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For Further information:
Eric Abner , Tennis Channel, 310-314-9445 or eabner@tennischannel.com