LXTV

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LXTV
TypeCompany
IndustryTelevision
Founded2006
30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, New York, United States
Headquarters30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, New York, United States
ProductsTV shows
ParentNBC Owned Television Stations
Websitewww.lxtv.com

LXTV is a production unit of NBCUniversal that creates lifestyle and entertainment content.[1] Started in 2006[2] by former MTV executives Morgan Hertzan and Joseph Varet as a privately owned broadband TV network and website, LXTV was acquired in January 2008 by NBC Owned Television Stations.[3] LXTV was an early pioneer of original digital web video, which they transitioned into nationally syndicated television shows after the NBC acquisition.

Some of LXTV's programs include 1st Look, Open House,[4] Open House NYC and George to the Rescue, which presents lifestyle programming to a young affluent audience.

LXTV also created and launched New York Live (formerly LX New York), the live, daily lifestyle show on WNBC, broadcast from Studio 3K in 30 Rockefeller Plaza and live from the streets in and around New York.[5]

History[edit]

Originally branded as Code.TV, and focused on web distribution, the production company's founders rebranded themselves as "LXTV" Before rebranding, Code.TV launched a one-time Web video following around a 23-year-old analyst named A.J. who worked at an investment bank as he went out on an extravagant night on the town, in which he described as "models and bottles." A.J.'s lavish lifestyle, colorful personality and catchphrase went viral and became instant Web fodder, getting picked up by sites like "Gawker," "New York Times" and the "New York Sun".[6][7]

LXTV was acquired in January 2008 by Local Media[8] After NBC Weather Plus was shut down in late 2008, WNBC launched a replacement programming of local information, news and livestyle as NBC New York Nonstop in March 2009 using LXTV programs.[9] In late 2010 and early 2011, eight more NBC O&O stations adopted the Nonstop digital subchannel format including the three California as one network. Each stations' Nonstop subchannel has eight hours of local programming along with core programming from affiliated production company's, LXTV: Talk Stoop, First Look and Open House.[10] On September 23, 2019, NBCU Owned Television Stations launched its LX digital news brand for original content for which LXTV would provide programming.[11]

Programming[edit]

  • 1st Look is a weekly national lifestyle show on NBC that features exclusive restaurants, shopping, fashion, nightlife and entertainment. The show is hosted by Johnny "Bananas" Devenanzio. Former hosts include Ali Fedotowsky, Maria Sansone, and Pedro Andrade.
  • In Wine Country was a program produced by KNTV in 2002 which highlighted wine culture and other events in the Napa Valley; it also aired as part of the NBC late night schedule on weekends and predated LXTV's existence.
  • Open House and Open House NYC are weekly luxury real estate shows on NBC, highlighting the best in real estate and interior design across the nation, hosted by Sara Gore.
  • George to the Rescue is a weekly national home improvement show on NBC, starring George Oliphant. George and his team of contractors and interior designers travel the nation rescuing the homes of deserving people.
  • On the Rocks is a reality series following the nationwide search for the best and brightest mixologists to showcase their style, personality and skills behind the bar. Shot on location in Las Vegas and Los Angeles and hosted by Maria Sansone, "On the Rocks" features a seasoned panel of judges who determine the fate of bartenders competing to win the grand prize of $100,000 and the title "America's Top Bartender." The show started as a Web series and later became a television program airing on NBC.
  • My First Time is an Emmy-award-winning documentary series highlighting individuals embarking on a major event for the first time in their lives. Past specials have focused on the New York City Marathon, the Winter Olympics, the Tribeca Film Festival and the Academy Awards.
  • Match Off was a reality series following two matchmakers competing to find the perfect love match for the same client. Each week, for seven weeks, two new matchmakers compete to find love for their client.
  • I Do! was a television series in 2008 about the realities and dramas of planning and throwing a wedding, highlighting the latest trends in weddings, from couture cakes to luxury table settings.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "LX TV Life/Style Television". LX TV Life/Style Television. Retrieved 2019-05-06.
  2. ^ Holmes, Elizabeth. "Site Bets Slick, Made-for-Web Shows Are the Next Big Thing". WSJ. Retrieved 2019-05-06.
  3. ^ McCarthy, Caroline. "NBC division acquires Web video site LX.tv". CNET. Retrieved 12 August 2011.
  4. ^ Sheftell, Jason. "On air: "Open House New York" awes with top local properties". nydailynews.com. Retrieved 2019-05-06.
  5. ^ "LXTV Names Hosts for New Show". Retrieved 12 August 2011.
  6. ^ "A.J. the Analyst's Boogie Nights Might Be Ending". Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  7. ^ "Another Day, Another Video: This Time It's Wall Street Gone Wild". The New York Times. 20 October 2006. Retrieved 18 October 2011.
  8. ^ McCarthy, Caroline. "NBC division acquires Web video site LX.tv". CNET. Retrieved August 12, 2011.
  9. ^ Whitney, Daisy (March 2009). "NBC Goes 'Nonstop' on Subchannel". tvweek.com. Archived from the original on July 13, 2012. Retrieved July 21, 2012.
  10. ^ Malone, Michael (October 21, 2010). "Exclusive: NBC Local Media Sets 'Nonstop' Launch Dates". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved July 21, 2012.
  11. ^ Spangler, Todd (September 23, 2019). "NBCU Launches Digital News Outlet LX to Reach People Who Don't Watch Local T". Variety.

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