Rainbow Media Holdings will operate and launch the VOOM 21 HD Originals, an innovative suite of 21 high-definition channels, for distribution to cable operators and satellite TV providers. Rainbow also announced today that it has concluded its first major carriage agreement for the channels with EchoStar Communications Corporation, which will carry ten of the HD channels on its DISH Network, expanding to carry all 21 channels by 2006.
Rainbow Media CEO Joshua Sapan stated: "Throughout its history, Rainbow has been at the forefront of innovation in television programming, from cable to VOD and now HD, creating and developing highly successful networks that deliver compelling programming to targeted audiences. Signing our first distribution agreement with EchoStar validates our long-held confidence in the business opportunities inherent in the growing consumer demand for quality high-definition programming. We believe that these channels represent a vital and viable new business for Rainbow Media and its distribution partners."
Nora Ryan and Greg Moyer have been named co-general managers of the VOOM 21 HD Originals. Ms. Ryan and Mr. Moyer have both been overseeing the management and development of the 21 channels and their content over the past year. Gregg Hill, president of Rainbow Network Sales, will now direct the positioning and sales of the HD networks as new, valuable and unique product for Rainbow, specifically designed for the growing HD audience.
"Once again, Rainbow is proactively addressing a growing viewing need within the marketplace," stated Mr. Hill. "From a sales standpoint, we are very excited about the potential of today's announcement. Consumers now demand content that maximizes the HD viewing experience and Rainbow will be the only content provider in the market filling this lucrative void. VOOM 21 HD Originals will also serve our television partners with great value as Rainbow now provides them with one-stop shopping for the best content on the cable, VOD and HD tiers."
One of the cable industry's premier innovators and a pioneer in the area of niche programming, Joshua Sapan leads Rainbow Media Holdings LLC, a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation. Sapan has guided Rainbow Media's growth and success by serving distinct, passionate audiences through targeted national networks.
A well-known industry innovator, Mr. Moyer joined Rainbow in January 1999 from Discovery Communications, Inc., where he served as chief creative officer. As president of regional programming for Rainbow, Mr. Moyer managed all operations, strategic planning and business development for Rainbow's regional programming including MetroChannels and News 12 Networks which, together, are a complement of news, information, and entertainment channels serving the greater New York viewing area.
Nora Ryan is a television executive with deep roots in building programming channels and franchises. Along with strategic and operating expertise, and a track record of success in start-ups, turn-arounds and brand extensions, she is credited with building market share in competitive business environments as well.
Gregg Hill is responsible for overseeing affiliate sales and marketing as well as local ad sales for Rainbow Media's national networks AMC, IFC and WE: Women's Entertainment, and its on demand services, Mag Rack and sportskool; and now the Voom 21 HD Originals.
Mr. Hill most recently served as the executive vice president of Affiliate Sales and Marketing for Rainbow Media and was responsible for the distribution of AMC, IFC, WE: Women's Entertainment and Mag Rack. Previously, Mr. Hill played a central role in the development and growth of Rainbow's Bravo and IFC networks.
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Rainbow Media Holdings is a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation.