iMedia Brands Appoints Richard E. French, Jr. to its Board of Directors
Mr. French Owns RNN, the Largest Independent TV Broadcast Group in U.S.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – September 21, 2022 – iMedia Brands, Inc. (“iMedia”) (NASDAQ: IMBI, IMBIL) announced today that it has appointed Richard E. “Dick” French, Jr. to its board of directors, effective September 15, 2022.
“I’m pleased that Dick has agreed to join our board,” said Landel Hobbs, chairperson of iMedia. “It was about a year ago that ShopHQ signed its affiliation agreement with RNN and when Dick began to provide insight to us on the ever-changing television distribution landscape, from opportunities in broadcast to cable and from over-the-air (“OTA”) to over-the-top (“OTT”). He is also a successful entrepreneur and participated in our recent equity raise. We are excited to have him join us and immediately impact our growth strategy.”
Commenting on his appointment, Mr. French said, “I am excited to be part of iMedia and I look forward to helping the organization continue to build an entrepreneurial culture that engages customers’ with compelling products and advertising to grow profitable, dual-revenue stream television networks. I look forward to contributing.”
ShopHQ airs on RNN’s 20+ million high-definition homes in eight of the top ten U.S. markets, including:
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ShopHQ airs today via cable and satellite, over-the-air broadcasting, mobile native app and in OTT on Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV and select Samsung Smart TVs.
About iMedia Brands, Inc.
iMedia Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ: IMBI, IMBIL) is a global media company capitalizing on the convergence of entertainment, ecommerce, and advertising. The Company owns and operates a growing portfolio of vertically integrated television networks in the United States and Western Europe.
iMedia’s common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Market stock exchange under the ticker IMBI. iMedia’s 8.5% bonds are also publicly traded on the NASDAQ Global Market under the ticker IMBIL and pay holders 8.5% interest quarterly in arrears on March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31.
About RNN, Inc.
RNN is a privately held portfolio of independent broadcast assets and production/distribution capabilities located north of New York City. In 1993 RNN was established with a single broadcast station in New York’s Hudson Valley, reaching less than 250,000 homes. Over the subsequent years, RNN has grown to own the largest group of independent broadcast stations in the United States
covering more than 28% of households within eight of the top-ten DMAs. RNN’s total reach exceeds 86MM over-the-air population.
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