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Y ENTERTAINMENT GROUP FORMS AGI LIFESTYLE ENTERTAINMENT - EXPANDS INTO LIFESTYLE / TELEVISION - TAPS FORMER WME PARTNER, KENNETH SLOTNICK AS CEO

Slotnick is an industry leader in the non-scripted television, culinary, fashion, health & wellness, style and home categories

NEW YORK, Jan. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Y Entertainment Group has formed AGI Lifestyle Entertainment LLC to exploit opportunities in non-scripted television and the branded lifestyle segments of entertainment. Ken Slotnick has been named CEO of and a partner in the newly formed, Yucaipa-backed company.

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Until joining AGI,  Slotnick was a senior agent and partner at WME.  He is one of the original, top level TV agents who became WME's seminal Branded Lifestyle entertainment department, where Slotnick represented a diverse roster of stars and producers in the TV and lifestyle space during his thirteen years with that major agency.

AGI LIFESTYLE ENTERTAINMENT will encompass representation of high-level personalities, producers and projects in the non-scripted television, culinary, fashion, style, home and health & wellness categories, amongst others. Representation will include television packaging, commercial endorsements, personal appearances, licensing & merchandising, book publishing and digital.

Ken Slotnick said, "I'm excited to join the diverse entertainment world being built by Ron Burkle and Y Entertainment Group. AGI LIFESTYLE ENTERTAINMENT is now part of this extraordinary entertainment eco-system, which opens the door for us to offer clients a multitude of unique opportunities to realize their career, brand and entrepreneurial goals."

At WME, Slotnick represented some of the biggest stars and producers of the tv and lifestyle space... The Talk/Big Brother host Julie Chen, Fashion icon Heidi Klum, Bravo and NBC chef/host Curtis Stone, Bravo's Gail Simmons, Fashion designer Cynthia Rowley, Project Runway judge and Marie Claire Creative Director Nina Garcia, Cosmopolitan Editor in Chief and Project Runway mentor, Joanna Coles, Food Network's Scott Conant, Anne Burrell, Marcela Valladolid, Chris Santos, Aida Mollenkamp, and Alie & Georgia, Designer and Oprah favorite, talk show host, Nate Berkus, HGTV stars David Bromstad, Genevieve Gorder, Cousins Undercover's Anthony Carrino & John Colaneri, Matt Blashaw and Chip Wade, ABC News personality and co-host of The Doctors, Dr. Jennifer Ashton, celebrity nutritionist, Turner Broadcasting's Upwave wellness expert and bestselling author Keri Glassman, Master Chef Australia star Matt Preston, chef and restauranteur Michael Schulson (Izakaya at Borgata, St. James, Sampan), FOX News personalities, Kimberly Guilfoyle and Mike Baker, MSNBC host Touré, CNBC Mad Money Executive Producer Regina Gilgan, ESPN's Jorge Sedano, author and personality Ira Judelson, and production companies Left/Right Productions (This American Life on Showtime, VH1's Mob Wives, The Rachel Zoe Project on Bravo), Jane Street Entertainment (Rachael vs Guy Celebrity Cook Off and Sweet Genius on Food Network and 24 Hour Catwalk on Lifetime),  Showtime's 30 Days in May producers, Turn Left Productions, and Miami based Beach Pictures were all represented by Slotnick.

AGI LIFESTYLE ENTERTAINMENT is a part of Y Entertainment Group LLC, The Yucaipa Companies' dedicated entertainment and music vehicle. The new company will share an expanded New York office space with sister company, ARTIST GROUP INTERNATIONAL, the leading independent live music entertainment agency that books superstar artists including Billy Joel, Metallica, Rod Stewart, Linkin Park and Motley Crue.

Ken Slotnick is an attorney who graduated from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in NYC and attained a B.S.M. from Tulane University's A.B. Freeman School of Business. For the past thirteen years, Slotnick was a Senior Agent in both the Non-Scripted TV and Branded Lifestyle departments at WME and a partner since 2012. Slotnick commented, "WME provided me with an amazing experience over 13 years to work alongside talented colleagues and friends... I look forward to work with them in my new role, going forward."

The Yucaipa Companies is a premier investment firm that has established a record of fostering economic value through the growth and responsible development of companies. Founded in 1986 by Ron Burkle, the firm has completed mergers and acquisitions valued at more than $30 billion. As an investor, Yucaipa works with management to strategically reposition businesses and implement operational improvements, resulting in value creation for investors.

SOURCE AGI Lifestyle Entertainment LLC

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