Emeril sells out to Martha for $50 mil

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Who knew “Bam!” had such market equity. Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia forked over $45 million in cash and $5 million in stock to purchase the rights to Emeril Lagasse’s line of cookbooks, TV shows, and kitchen products yesterday. What’s more, according to the AP story on CNN, that sum could rise $20 million higher “if certain benchmarks are achieved.” Mind you, this does not include Lagasse’s restaurants — just the television and gadget rights.

Now, if only Martha could figure out a way to sweet talk the Katonah Village Improvement Society into giving her the same kind of deal for “Katonah.” If “Bam” is worth as much as $70 mil (including bonuses), a word twice as long is surly pushing a cool $150.

(AP Photo/The Martha Stewart Show, Anders Krusberg)

Ted Mann

Ted Mann aspires to join Stephen Baldwin’s Breakthrough Ministry, more commonly known as “skateboarding for the savior." Before becoming a Senior Editor at InTown, he worked at The Atlantic Monthly, the Philadelphia City Paper, and the University of Pennsylvania Press. His writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The New York Press, and The Pennsylvania Gazette.