VOOM HD Networks Teams Up With UK Production Company Electric Sky to Create Original HD Niche Programming

Original Series Art of the Heist Premieres on GALLERY HD

Original Series Fashion Avenue Re-Upped for Season 3 on ULTRA HD

New York, NY – July 31, 2006 – VOOM HD Networks announced today two co-productions with UK production company Electric Sky to create original niche programming for its high definition channels – Gallery HD with Art of the Heist and Ultra HD with season three of Fashion Avenue. Both series continue VOOM HD Networks' commitment to investing in original niche programming, working with top production companies both domestically and internationally. GALLERY HD and ULTRA HD are part of the VOOM HD Networks, the largest and most diverse suite of high-definition channels nationwide and currently available on DISH Network.

Gallery HD, dedicated to stunning imagery and stories from the front line of the art world, will premiere Art of the Heist, a six part documentary series uncovering the world's most notorious art heists. ULTRA HD, devoted to the worlds of fashion, beauty and style, will premiere season three of Fashion Avenue, which features supermodel Jodie Kidd shopping the hottest boutiques on the most stylish streets of the world. The show, currently in production, is slated to premiere in first quarter of 2007.

"VOOM HD Networks is creating original niche programming that is truly maximizing the medium of HD. With both of these series we are afforded the opportunity to work again with Electric Sky, a company that has a strong reputation within the international broadcast industry," said Greg Moyer, General Manager of VOOM HD Networks. "Art of the Heist and Fashion Avenue contribute to our vast library of compelling HD content while fulfilling a void in a marketplace that is in need of quality high definition original programming."

Following is additional information on VOOM's two new original series:

  • Art of the Heist,
    (Gallery HD, documentary series; 6 episodes; 1 hour)

    Art of the Heist focuses on some of the biggest international art thefts in recent history. Each episode in the series emphasizes a particular heist and examines how some of the world's greatest art treasures have been snatched from prestigious museums, ransomed, and fallen into the hands of gun runners, underworld kingpins and fraudsters. While some of these masterpieces have been recovered, many millions of dollars-worth of art remains at large. Art of the Heist follows the trail of police, FBI agents and their dubious informants, and provides insights into just how this world operates, from sting to recovery, and who stands to gain and lose at the sticky hands of these thieves.
  • Fashion Avenue,
    (Ultra HD, lifestyle series; 6 episodes; 1/2 hour)
    Hosted by British supermodel Jodie Kidd, Fashion Avenue showcases shops from the most stylish streets in the world. Each week, Kidd is joined by a local fashion expert and each sets a shopping mission for themselves and must achieve it within a set budget. Viewers are brought along as they visit shops and boutiques that set the fashion trends, the hot restaurants where chefs are redesigning culinary creativity, the hotels that are redefining great interior design and the nightclubs that give the fashion-forward a place to party. It is a fun, chic tour of a given avenue where Kidd spends the day exploring while letting viewers be part of total experience. Avenues visited in past seasons were in cities around the world including Barcelona, Rome, Cape Town, Sydney and Prague.

VOOM HD Networks first worked with Electric Sky in August of 2004, co-producing season one of Fashion Avenue.

About Electric Sky
Since 1998, Electric Sky has established itself as a cutting edge, forward thinking and innovative company. Our catalogue features over 800 hours of vibrant and revealing television that will match your programming needs, whether it's hard-hitting documentaries, lifestyle programming, entertainment docu-soaps, reality series and special events. The company has won a strong reputation throughout the international broadcast industry as one of the major players of factual programming today, tomorrow and for the future.

About VOOM HD Networks
VOOM HD Networks is the largest suite of high-definition channels available anywhere, produced exclusively in high definition for distribution in the U.S. through satellite and cable operators. The VOOM HD Networks carry programming in categories as diverse as sports, movies, fashion, music and art. Today, the VOOM HD Networks are available nationally on Echostar's DISH Network. The VOOM HD Networks were developed by Rainbow Media to meet the growing demand for quality high-definition programming, building on Rainbow Media's history of original programming innovation.

About Rainbow Media Holdings LLC
Rainbow Media Holdings LLC is a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC). Rainbow Media creates and manages some of the country's most compelling and dynamic entertainment brands including popular national and regional television channels AMC, fuse, The Independent Film Channel (IFC), WE tv, and two FSN affiliated regional sports networks managed by Rainbow Sports Networks. The company also manages Mag Rack and sportskool, two original on-demand networks; VOOM HD Networks, the largest and most diverse suite of high definition channels available anywhere; IFC Entertainment, its film distribution, production and exhibition division; Rainbow Advertising Sales Corporation, its advertising sales division; and Rainbow Network Communications, its full service network programming origination and distribution company.

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