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Ski Channel gets cash for launch

No official start date set

The Ski Channel is about to hit the slopes.

The Pacific Palisades, Calif.-based startup has raised enough coin to fully finance the channel through its launch and break-even phase, according to Ski Channel chief Steve Bellamy.

Bellamy, who spearheaded the successful launch of the Tennis Channel in 2003, would not disclose how much money he’s raised or the identities of the various investors. He did say that Ski Channel investors include tennis players Robert Bryan and Michael Bryan, who also put some coin into the Tennis Channel launch.

The Ski Channel launch date will be finalized in the near future, Bellamy said.

In preparation, the net has named David Haskell, formerly a partner in the CPA firm Haskell and Davis, as its chief operating officer and chief financial officer. Rich Tavtigian, a former Sony Pictures exec, has been named veep of programming and content.

Bellamy exited the Tennis Channel in 2006. The indie channel is a player in rights deals for Wimbledon and other major tennis tourneys, and it has a solid subscriber base through carriage deals with DirecTV, Dish Network and eight of the top 10 cable operators.

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