Sundance Channel Names New Management Team

NEW YORK, N.Y. – September 3, 2008 – As the next step in its integration of Sundance Channel into its larger organization of Rainbow Media, Evan Shapiro, president of IFCtv and Sundance Channel, today announced the Sundance Channel’s new management team.

"This new team will be the engine that fuels an exciting growth strategy for both networks," said Shapiro. "We are dedicated to preserving the powerful Sundance Channel culture and positioning the network for long term growth."

As previously announced, Laura Michalchyshyn is Executive Vice President and General Manager of Sundance Channel. Reporting to Michalchyshyn are: Sarah Barnett, who has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Marketing and Creative; Christopher Barry, Senior Vice President, Digital Media and Business Strategy; and Lynne Kirby, Senior Vice President, Original Programming and Development. Kim Gabelmann has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Sales and Branded Entertainment and Christian Vesper continues in the role of Senior Vice President, Acquisitions.

Sarah Eaton, Senior Vice President, Public Relations for Sundance Channel continues in that role, now reporting to Ellen Kroner, Senior Vice President of Rainbow Media’s centralized Communications department.

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 a 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

About 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, LIFESKOOL, SPORTSKOOL, 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.

Press Contacts

  • Ellen Kroner
    SVP, Corporate Communications
    Rainbow Media
    (917) 542-6209