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Universal Sports Loses SVP of Distribution

Bo LaMotte plans to step down as senior vice president of distribution at Universal Sports. He’s been with the network since its 2006 inception.

“Being one of the original employees and creating the incredible success story at Universal Sports has been rewarding,” LaMotte said in a release announcing his departure. “It is a great team and I wish them continued success.”

LaMotte increased the distribution of Universal Sports from zero households to 63 million during his tenure.

He leaves to pursue other business opportunities. The full release is after the jump.

Bo LaMotte Departing as Senior Vice President of Distribution for Universal Sports

Westlake Village, CA –November 23, 2010 – Bo LaMotte, Senior Vice President of Distribution for Universal Sports Network, has decided to resign from his post. The announcement was made today by LaMotte and David Sternberg, Chief Executive Officer of Universal Sports.

LaMotte, who has been with the network since it formed in 2006, is leaving Universal Sports to pursue other business opportunities.

“Being one of the original employees and creating the incredible success story at Universal Sports has been rewarding,” said LaMotte. “It is a great team and I wish them continued success.”

“Bo has been a valued colleague throughout his tenure with the company,” said Sternberg. “We are grateful for his many contributions to the growth of Universal Sports, and wish him well in all of his future endeavors.”

In his four-plus years with Universal Sports, LaMotte was able to grow the network’s television distribution from zero to over 63 million households. He secured distribution in 54 markets, including all top 10 Designated Market Areas (DMAs) in the United States, and reached additional carriage agreements in Puerto Rico and Guam. He also negotiated content distribution deals with Sirius/XM Radio, Hulu, YouTube, Sprint and FoxSports.com. In addition, he created a joint venture with SEG to form WCSN Australia, providing Universal Sports content to Australia and New Zealand.

Prior to his joining Universal Sports, LaMotte handled distribution for Tribune, where he oversaw distribution deals for WGN America as well as the Tribune-owned television stations.

ABOUT UNIVERSAL SPORTS: Universal Sports, a partnership between NBC Sports and InterMedia Partners, LP, serves as the preeminent multiplatform destination for Olympic-related sports programming on television and online. Universal Sports is available in more than 63 million homes, including all of the nation’s top 10 DMAs: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Dallas-Fort Worth and Washington, D.C. Recent expansion includes launches in Boston, Atlanta, Houston, Miami, Denver, Portland, and Jacksonville. Go to UniversalSports.com for a complete list of TV markets. Major world championship and Olympic qualifying events found on Universal Sports range from track and field, skiing, swimming, gymnastics, marathons and cycling, to volleyball, rowing, triathlon, fencing, speed skating and martial arts. UniversalSports.com delivers an immersive experience via live and on-demand competition coverage, interaction with top athletes through blogs and in-depth access to Olympic sports news and information year round. For more information on the availability of the Universal Sports 24-hour television channel, please visit UniversalSports.com.

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