New York, NY, January 8, 2001 – Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:RMG) announced today that Marc Juris, formerly the executive vice president and general manager for American Movie Classics (AMC), has been named president of MuchMusic USA, the nation’s only viewer-driven all music network. In this role, Juris will oversee all aspects of the day-to-day operations of MuchMusic USA and lead the strategic expansion of the network across the country. Juris will report directly to Rainbow Media’s CEO and President Josh Sapan.
“Marc is an incredible business person and television professional whose creativity has made him a leader in the cable industry,” says Sapan. “He has been a driving force behind the growth of American Movie Classics and a vital part of the development of AMC’s award winning multi-platform interactive movie events. I expect Marc’s track record of success to continue, and mean great things for MuchMusic.”
Under Juris’ supervision, American Movie Classics (AMC) has more than doubled its original programming and garnered many of the industry’s highest honors, including five Emmy Awards. Mark led the development of cutting-edge content for the network’s Web site including the prototype for AMC’s multi-platform interactive movie events.
Before working with AMC, Juris was the senior vice president of programming at Rainbow Media. He was instrumental in the development and launch of MetroChannels, the package of three regional cable channels dedicated exclusively for the New York tri-state area.
Juris is a native New Yorker and graduate of Syracuse University, where he majored in business. He is an active member of numerous industry associations, including the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences’ New York and Los Angeles branches.
With this announcement, Nora Ryan, who served as the interim General Manager of MuchMusic USA, will return to her position as Senior Vice President of Business Development for Rainbow.
“I’m grateful to Nora for having overseen MuchMusic during this important time,” Sapan stated. “Nora has led the development of a vibrant creative blueprint for MuchMusic, and launched some of the most innovative cross-platform programming on television today.”
About MuchMusic USA
MuchMusic USA is the nation’s only viewer-driven all music network, featuring music videos and live concerts in an all-music-all-the-time format. The network programming is viewer influenced and generated. On MuchMusic USA, viewers voice their opinions, influence what’s on the air, participate in discovering new music and even create music video programming to air on the network. For more information about MuchMusic USA, please visit our Web site at www.mmusa.tv
About Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc.
A subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC) and NBC, Rainbow Media Holdings, Inc. manages Bravo, The Independent Film Channel, American Movie Classics, We: Women’s Entertainment, MuchMusic USA, Rainbow Sports, News 12 Networks and MetroChannels as well as the Rainbow Advertising Sales Corporation and Rainbow Network Communications. In addition, Rainbow is a fifty-percent partner in Fox Sports Net. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. (NYSE:MGM) owns a 20 percent stake in four of Rainbow’s national networks – AMC, Bravo, The Independent Film Channel and WE: Women’s Entertainment.
A new series of Cablevision common stock — Rainbow Media Group tracking stock (NYSE:RMG) — began trading on the NYSE on March 30 2001. The assets that comprise Rainbow Media Group tracking stock include: American Movie Classics, Bravo, The Independent Film Channel, WE: Women’s Entertainment, MuchMusic USA, Rainbow’s interest in the national service FOX Sports Net, Rainbow’s five regional sports channels outside of the New York market, and Rainbow Network Communications.
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