Hugh Hefner to give up ‘adult programming’ for casino chain

July 31st, 2010 - 1:07 am ICT by IANS  

Hugh Hefner London, July 30 (IANS) Playboy founder Hugh Hefner wants to move over “adult programming” and expand his business empire further by opening casinos here and in Macau, China.
The 84-year-old is planning to move away from “adult programming” because he doesn’t feel it is the right direction to go in anymore, reports contactmusic.com.

“We will be announcing casinos in both Macau, China, and London. As far as media goes, I think we’ll be involved in more mainstream ventures,” he said.

“We already have spin-offs of ‘The Girls Next Door’ on the E! Channel with both Holly Madison and Kendra Wilkinson, as well as a pilot with Bridget Marquardt on A&E. We’re going to be doing more of that.”

“That’s the direction we’re moving in; we’re moving away from the adult programming because it’s not the future. I think it gets in the way of who we are, and who we want to be,” he added.

The media mogul believes that as time goes by, his other ventures will become more famous and even more successful than the iconic men’s magazine he founded.

“Frankly, early on, as a single title company, the strength of the brand led us into other directions. The first Playboy products - cuff links, T-shirts, and things of that kind - began in the late 1950s and the first Playboy club opened in 1960,” he said.

“In their early years, the Playboy clubs were so hugely popular that the company’s ability as a ‘branding’ vehicle became obvious. In the early years the magazine carried the brand while I think that, in the future, the brand will increasingly help to carry the magazine,” he added.

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