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Cable/satellite exec Vogel signs on as partner in Checketts’ SCP Worldwide

Longtime cable and satellite industry executive Carl Vogel has joined Dave Checketts’ SCP Worldwide as a partner.

Vogel, who has held senior positions with EchoStar and Charter for the past eight years, will be tasked with finding investment opportunities for SCP, from team ownership to Web- and TV-based deals.

Alongside another SCP partner, former MSG executive Michael McCarthy, Vogel will look to beef up the company’s media assets, which include Tupelo-Honey Productions.

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While most of his career has been spent in the cable and satellite distribution business, Vogel produced at least 10 TV movies during a stint with Liberty in the 1990s.

“SCP has a good management team, and it has a good track record of raising capital,” Vogel said. “This is a good time to potentially pick up nice assets.”

Vogel will be based in Denver, where he plans to open a new office for the company, and will report to Checketts. He said the current economy shouldn’t pose a problem to SCP’s expansion plans.

“Credit markets are more disciplined today,” Vogel said. “That plays to our strengths. People who are disciplined in their approach and have a good track record should still be able to raise money.”

Checketts said he began courting Vogel about eight months ago.

“He’s going to help us build a bigger media presence,” Checketts said.

Vogel will be one of the firm’s six partners, who also include Checketts, McCarthy, Ken Munoz, Steven Potter and Dean Howes.

SCP owns two teams — the St. Louis Blues and MLS Real Salt Lake — and their facilities. It also owns a production company, Tupelo-Honey, and the U.S. rights to the South American World Cup qualifiers.

Vogel had most recently been vice chairman of EchoStar. Last month, Vogel left Dish Network, though he remained a senior adviser to the satellite service and its board of directors.

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