Lucie Salhany has certainly run the gamut as a media innovator.
After more than 30 years in the TV biz, Salhany ankled as founding president and CEO of UPN in fall 1997 and returned to Boston to be with her husband, a restaurateur, and her two sons.
Re-emerging with her own consultancy and acquisition venture, JH Media (which is still in operation), she segued to digital firm LifeFX, leaving shortly before it shuttered 18 months ago.Since then, she’s been busy putting together Echo Bridge Entertainment, a privately funded company that will distribute six to eight commercial pics a year, and which bows at the upcoming American Film Market.
Salhany, who is partnered with Michael Alexander, Doug Hamilton, and Michael Rosenblatt, in the Needham, Mass.-based venture, will run the company’s worldwide sales and marketing.
Though her Boston life is a far cry from her TV days, Salhany hasn’t given up Hollywood entirely, and still keeps an apartment in Southern California.
“When I fly out to L.A. now I fly upgrade,” she laughs. “Before it was first class. It’s a difference, but it’s fun, and everyday we work for ourselves.”
“I still get out to L.A. quite often, but I will never work like that again,” she says of her corporate TV days. “It’s highly unlikely any of the partners will go to work for anybody again.
“We’re all at a point in our lives where either we don’t want to or don’t need to work for someone else. We all decided all the work we do should accrue to us. That’s why we did this.”