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Sagansky Launches Magazine

October 18, 2003|Sallie Hofmeister | Times Staff Writer

Veteran entertainment executive Jeff Sagansky is trying his hand at publishing.

Sagansky, a former president of CBS Entertainment who recently departed as chief executive of Pax TV, is the founder of a new bimonthly magazine called Phenomena. The publication will be devoted to what Sagansky calls "the science of the unexplained," including UFOs, biblical archeology, the paranormal, quantum physics and cryptozoology.

Sagansky owns the bimonthly magazine, which has just published its first issue, in a 50-50 joint venture with Santa Monica-based Mania Entertainment, the publisher of Cinescape, a science-fiction and horror magazine.

"For 10 years, I've had this in my head," said Sagansky, who has dabbled in science fiction as an entertainment executive through projects such as the CBS miniseries "Intruders" and the short-lived NBC drama "Dark Skies."

Sagansky will help choose stories for the magazine but said he would not be involved in day-to-day operations.

He added, "It's a hobby that spawned a business."

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