VOOM Teams Up With Electric Sky for Two New Original HD Series

Co-Production Ultimate Tourist Scams
slated to premiere on Equator HD

Acquisition Big Boutique in the City
slated to premiere on Ultra HD

New York, NY – December 5, 2006 – VOOM HD Networks, the largest and most diverse suite of HD channels nationwide and currently available on DISH Network, announced today they are working with UK production company Electric Sky to premiere two new original series, produced in high-definition, both slated to premiere in second quarter of 2007. Ultimate Tourist Scams is a co-production for the Equator HD channel that provides travelers everywhere with an indispensable guide to keeping your vacation as it should be – fun and hassle free. Big Boutique in the City is an acquisition for premiere on the Ultra HD channel that takes a look at the international style of cities around the world, providing lifestyle information from each location. Equator HD and Ultra HD are two of the fifteen VOOM HD Networks, with programming ranging from sports, fashion and music to movies, documentaries and animation.

“VOOM is committed to providing original programming that maximizes the HD medium, spanning all different genres and interests, fulfilling a void in the marketplace for compelling HD content,” said Greg Moyer, General Manager of VOOM HD Networks. “These two new series not only expand our ever-growing library of HD programming, but also help to continue to provide something for everyone in the family.”

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

Ultimate Tourist Scams,
(documentary series, 13 episodes, 1/2 hour, Equator HD)

Ultimate Tourist Scams offers viewers ways to get savvy with a guide to the wiliest scams that take place while you travel. Places explored range from Bali and Bolivia to Hong Kong and Mexico, where viewers hear first hand details about those who’ve seen the conniving tricksters in action. Each episode captures actual scams as they go down using covert filming and dramatic reconstruction. The show also introduces those tricked by international con men and ex con artists who explain the tricks of the trade and how to avoid being a victim of classic cons abroad.

Big Boutique in the City,
(lifestyle series, 13 episodes, 1/2 hour, Ultra HD)
Big Boutique in the City explores different cities around the world including Melbourne, Madrid, Shanghai, Rome, Los Angeles, Copenhagen and London, to examine the style in each. The series is made up of four different features from a specific destination, which provide an insider’s guide to a hip international destination from someone in the know, whether they be a resident journalist, model or celebrity stylist. The series features a mix of classic labels and cutting-edge designers, bringing a wide array of must-have items to viewers’ attention. The series goes beyond fashion and design into lifestyle and beautiful living.

Ultra HD is the first channel devoted to the worlds of fashion, beauty and style in high-definition. The channel has collaborated with Electric Sky in the past for the original series Fashion Avenue. The half-hour series showcases supermodel Jodie Kidd shopping, on a budget, for a big night out in cities around the world. Other original series on Ultra HD include Full Frontal Fashion, the best-known and most authoritative coverage of today’s fashion scene; Behind the Label, offering long-form interviews with top designers including Donna Karan, Giorgio Armani and Isaac Mizrahi; Cover Stories, a documentary series that goes behind-the-scenes at FQ Magazine; Reservations Required, a series that travels around the country to the newest, unique and most buzz-worthy restaurants to meet the chefs and sample the cuisines that are making their mark on the culinary world; and Ultra Eye, a program that finds the most compelling fashion, architecture, interior design, chic restaurants and hotels that define a city’s sense of style.

Equator HD is the first high-definition channel dedicated to exploring the world’s most intriguing people and places with intelligent travel, nature, and cultural programs. Original series include: Medicine Woman, following Dr. Danielle Behn Smith, a 27-year old Aboriginal woman and a rural family physician from British Columbia, Canada, as she travels across the world investigating the healing traditions of the indigenous people, rediscovering the knowledge of Mother Nature’s medicine chest; and The World Heritage, a half-hour series that explores the unique cultural, religious and natural historical locations from around the world designated as World Heritage sites by The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

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 Electric Sky

Electric Sky is a cutting edge, forward thinking, and innovative distribution and rights-management company. Specialising in quality factual programme distribution, it’s a company that has commanded a strong reputation throughout the industry. With a diverse catalogue featuring over 1000 hours of inspired programming and a vast network of contacts in the international marketplace, the company has continued to enjoy a successful business growth since it was established in 1998.

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.

Press Contacts

  • Lauren Cozzi
    Rainbow Media for VOOM HD Networks
    (917) 542.6311