NEW YORK, Aug. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. today announced the appointment of Daniel Taitz as Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. In this new position, Mr. Taitz will oversee all aspects of the Company's legal affairs as well as the company's human resources and business development group.
MSLO President and Chief Operating Officer Lisa Gersh stated: "I have had the privilege of working with Daniel over the past 20 years so I know first-hand that he is an incredible talent with an expansive skill set and one of the best business lawyers I have ever worked with. I am extremely pleased that he is joining MSLO and am confident that he will have a positive impact both inside our organization and in our relationships with our business partners."
An accomplished lawyer with vast experience in the media business, Mr. Taitz joins MSLO from Univision Communications Inc., where he was Senior Vice President, Business Affairs. In this position he was responsible for business and legal affairs for all distribution activities for the company's broadcast and cable networks, as well as digital and mobile distribution of video programming.
Prior to Univision, Mr. Taitz served as Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and Secretary at Oxygen Media Corporation, leading the negotiations of NBC Universal's acquisition of the company. He also played a lead role in structuring and negotiating Oxygen's cable and satellite distribution deals, acquisitions and joint venture arrangements while overseeing corporate and business development, human resources, technology and finance. He was previously a partner at the New York law firm Friedman Kaplan & Seiler LLP where he represented clients in mergers and acquisitions and a variety of other corporate matters.
"I have long admired MSLO and have watched with great interest as it has evolved and expanded its media and merchandising offerings. I'm looking forward to working with the team to support continued growth and better organizational performance," said Mr. Taitz.
Mr. Taitz began his legal career at Wilkie Farr & Gallagher after graduating magna cum laude from Cornell University Law School, where he was editor of the Cornell Law Review. He received his B.A. from Trinity College.
About Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc.
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. (NYSE: MSO) is a diversified media and merchandising company, inspiring and engaging consumers with unique lifestyle content and distinctive products. The Publishing segment encompasses the company's print and digital businesses and is comprised of four magazines, including MSLO's flagship publication, Martha Stewart Living, periodic special issues, books, websites, digital apps, blogs, and more. The Broadcasting segment produces the Emmy-winning, daily television series, "The Martha Stewart Show," and other original programming on Hallmark Channel, including "Mad Hungry with Lucinda Scala Quinn." Broadcasting also encompasses Martha Stewart Living Radio on SIRIUS XM Channel 110. In addition to its media properties, MSLO offers high-quality Martha Stewart products through licensing agreements with carefully selected companies, including the Martha Stewart Collection exclusively at Macy's, the Martha Stewart Living line of home-improvement products at The Home Depot, Martha Stewart Crafts with EK Success at Michaels, Jo-Ann Fabric, and independent retailers, the Martha Stewart Pets line at PetSmart. In 2008, Emeril Lagasse joined the Martha Stewart family of brands; MSLO acquired the assets related to Lagasse's media and merchandising business, including television programming, cookbooks, and emerils.com website and his licensed kitchen and food products. For additional information about MSLO, visit http://www.marthastewart.com/.
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