Creative Loafing Atlanta Acquired by Ben Eason, The Networked Planet

“This is a proud day for our family and for me personally. I’ve been fortunate to have worked with some amazing technology people in the past 7 ½ years but this feels like coming home.

Creative Loafing of Atlanta has been acquired today by Ben Eason, former CEO of Creative Loafing, Inc. and part of the Eason family that founded the company as a newspaper in 1972 in Atlanta. SouthComm, Inc., based in Nashville, acquired the Creative Loafing Media group in 2012 and will retain the Tampa-based Creative Loafing and Washington City Paper that were part of the original CL group. Terms were not disclosed.

Creative Loafing was founded in 1972 by Debby and Elton Eason out of their home in Morningside and has been an iconic brand in Atlanta since its inception. In the late 1980s, Ben Eason founded the newspapers in Charlotte and Tampa. In 2009, Eason and the family lost control of Creative Loafing, Inc. in the midst of a Chapter 11 Bankruptcy filing following the acquisition of the Chicago Reader and Washington City Paper that could not be sustained during the financial crash.

Ben Eason subsequently founded The Networked Planet as an agency that provides digital programs for daily and specialty publishers across the U.S. As part of this work,…

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