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by Jeremy Hooper

The bad news: There's always the chance with more media merging that there will be less diversity in terms of voices and opinions.

The good news: The asses we have to kiss when seeking freelance work have become more consolidated:

Regent Entertainment Media, publishers of The Advocate and Out magazines and owner of the here! TV network announced Thursday that it has signed a merger agreement with PlanetOut Inc. The combined company will be known as Here Media Inc, 80% of which will be owned by the owners of Regent Entertainment Media.

In addition to here!, The Advocate, and Out, Regent Entertainment Media also publishes HIVPlus and Alyson Books. Its online presence includes,,,,, and PlanetOut runs two of the longest-established gay sites on the Web, and

Regent Media Assumes Majority Interest in PlanetOut [Advocate]

Ya know, before too long the name "Here Media" is gonna become even more appropriate, since you won't be able to swing a pride flag at a gay parade without hitting some version of one of Paul Colichman's increasingly omnipresent properties. But monopoly, schmonopoly -- congrats to all involved!!

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Absolutely, the Bigger the Better, right?

Posted by: LOrion | Jan 9, 2009 1:04:22 PM

LPI (original publishers of Out and Advocate) were formerly part of PlanetOut (as recent as 2000). So, this is sort of a "Ma Bell" situation.

Posted by: brendan | Jan 9, 2009 3:57:18 PM

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