Abrams_11.19.jpgDan Abrams‘s next act: research. Over the past few months the former MSNBC anchor has been quietly setting up Abrams Research, a consultancy meant to help business executives handle PR challenges. TVNewser has learned Abrams had another year on his contract but asked to be released early to start the firm.

“NBC News could not have been more accommodating throughout this process,” Abrams tells TVNewser. “I was flattered in September when they offered me a variety of high profile anchoring roles. When I informed them that I wanted to start this business instead, they agreed to restructure my deal and make me an outside contributor.”

Abrams, an 11-year NBC veteran, lost his MSNBC show in August, replaced by Rachel Maddow. He’s been NBC’s chief legal correspondent, an anchor on MSNBC and its general manager for 15 months in 2006-2007.

For his new business, Abrams is getting an assist from former Huffington Post editor Rachel Sklar; his first client is billionaire Ron Perelman; investors include Allen & Co. managing director John Josephson, and Abrams’s advisory board is made up of media heavyweights Steve Brill, Bob Wright, and Bonnie Fuller, among others.

And Abrams tells us he’ll still have time for TV. “I will be staying on as the Chief Legal Analyst for NBC News and hope to remain with NBC for many years to come,” he says.

More in the Abrams Research press release, after the jump…

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