Gamers get own channel

Edge TV set to air in 2005

Set to debut in the first-quarter next year is Edge TV, a 24-hour channel dedicated to gaming. Co-founders are legal/telecommunications exec Reagan Silber and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs Keith Richman and Charles Katz. Former ABC Family president of distribution John B. Burns III will serve as vice chairman and will oversee development and programming to include card, casino, board games and sports betting on fantasy sports.

Edge has already inked exclusive broadcast agreements with the U.S. Chess Federation and American Crossword Puzzle Tournament. Net is in final negotiations with a major Las Vegas-based casino group to establish permanent production and broadcast operations within a casino.

“We acknowledge that there is competition in the marketplace, but believe that this concept is clearly differentiated by its programming spectrum, strong capitalization and emerging partnerships with the creative and gaming communities,” said Silber. “EdgeTV will be a comprehensive source for the games that people play.”

Tully Bragg and Doug Orr’s HotHouse Media will negotiate distribution agreements with cable and satellite operators. CAA will rep and consult.

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