New York, New York – February 3, 2009 – Sundance Channel announced today that Nicole De Fusco has been hired as Vice President, Original Programming and Development. In this newly-created position, Nicole oversees the development process for on air original programming. She is responsible for bolstering the production of original series for Sundance Channel as well as developing brand expansion strategies. She reports to Lynne Kirby, Senior Vice President, Original Programming and Development.
“Nicole has a proven track record for creating groundbreaking and fresh programming that resonates with viewers,” said Kirby. “Her strong creative vision and relationships with decision makers in the entertainment community will be an invaluable asset for Sundance Channel as it expands its original production slate.”
Nicole comes to Sundance Channel from FUSE where she served as Director of Development & Original Series and developed hits such as “Pants Off Dance Off”, “Videos that Rocked the World” and “Live Through This”. Prior to FUSE, Nicole served as a creative executive at Oxygen where she was responsible for the development and production of films, nonfiction specials and reality, as well as scripted series. Nicole also worked as an independent producer and produced, wrote, edited and directed Reconstructing Lives, a documentary that aired on PBS in Los Angeles (KCET).
Nicole holds a B.A. in Critical Studies of Cinema and Broadcast Journalism from The University of Southern California where she graduated Summa Cum Laude.
About Sundance Channel
Under the creative direction of Robert Redford, Sundance Channel is the television destination for independent-minded viewers seeking something different. Bold AND uncompromising, Sundance Channel offers audiences a diverse and engaging selection of films, documentaries, and original programs, all unedited and commercial free. Launched in 1996, Sundance Channel is subsidiary of Rainbow Media Holdings LLC. Sundance Channel operates independently of the non-profit Sundance Institute and the Sundance Film Festival, but shares the overall Sundance mission of encouraging artistic freedom of expression Sundance Channel?s website address is www.sundancechannel.com.
Rainbow Media Holdings LLC
Rainbow Media Holdings LLC is a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC). Rainbow Media is a leading producer of targeted, multi-platform content for global distribution, creating and managing some of the world?s most compelling and dynamic entertainment brands, including AMC, IFC, WE tv, Sundance Channel and VOOM HD Networks. Through IFC Entertainment, Rainbow Media also owns and manages the following: IFC Films, a leading distribution company for independent film; IFC Productions, a feature film production company that provides financing for select independent film projects; and IFC Center, a three screen, state-of-the-art cinema in the heart of New York?s Greenwich Village. Rainbow Media also operates Rainbow Advertising Sales Corporation, its advertising sales company; Rainbow Network Communications, its full service network programming origination and distribution company; and 11 Penn TV, a company that manages Rainbow Media?s NYC studios and post-production facilities.