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WE tv Expands Original Slate With Women Behind Bars and Women on Death Row III

March Delivers Commercial Network Premiere of Monster
Starring Charlize Theron in her Academy-Award Winning Role

Documentary Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer
Premieres about the Real Life Woman Behind Monster

New York, NY – February 11, 2008 – Building on the success of creating quality niche content genres including weddings and the paranormal, WE tv announced today new original series and specials featuring hard-hitting reality and documentary programming that follows the lives of real women doing hard time. The development of this new slate of programming builds on the network's appeal to a large demographic of women with programs that are genuine, provocative and curious.

The new programming includes the original 12-part documentary series Women Behind Bars and a special two-hour documentary, Women on Death Row III. The network will also premiere the Academy Award winning film, Monster for which Charlize Theron won the Best Actress Award for her portrayal as Aileen Wuornos, one of America's first female serial killers. In conjunction with the film's premiere, WE tv will also air the true story of Aileen Wuornos in a two hour documentary entitled Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer.

"WE tv is continually expanding and investing in its programming in order to cater to the varied interests of our audience. With the development of specific genres, the network reaches women from all walks of life, and showcases real life situations and their sometimes dire consequences," said Kim Martin, EVP and GM for WE tv. "The emotional gripping true-life stories that WE tv is delivering continues to make the network the leading destination for content that entertains, informs and inspires our viewers."

Following is more information on WE tv's new originals and specials:

Women Behind Bars
12, one-hour episodes; premieres Tuesday, March 4th at 9PM EST)
This original documentary series features women convicted of murder who are currently serving out their sentence in prison. Each episode focuses on two different women and explores each woman's personal story about how and why they committed their crime, and what life is like for them now. The series is produced by Burrud Productions.

Women on Death Row III
(Two-hour special; premieres Sunday, March 2nd at 8PM EST)
This two-hour original special brings viewers the dramatic stories of three women, each of whom have committed a murder, confessed their crime and are currently serving death sentences. This is the third installment of the Women on Death Row series to premiere on WE tv. The special is produced by Burrud Productions.

WE tv premiere Saturday, March 1 at 8PM EST
The feature film Monster is a dark tale based on the true story of Aileen Wuornos, one of America's first female serial killers. Charlize Theron won the 2004 Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Wuornos, a highway prostitute who began murdering her clientele in order to get money without using sex and was later executed for her crimes.

Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer
WE tv premiere Saturday, March 1st at 10 PM EST, immediately following Monster
Nick Broomfield's second documentary on Aileen Carol Wuornos chronicles the story of the highway prostitute executed in 2002 for killing seven men in the state of Florida and includes the filmmaker's testimony at Wournous's trial. The documentary was acquired from Lantern Lane and was produced by Lafayette Films.

About WE tv
WE tv is the content destination where strong, confident women connect to fun, entertaining programming focused on pop culture, personal style and relationships. With quality original programming including the hit series "Bridezillas," unique movie packages like "Cinematherapy," topical specials, and its public affairs initiative, WE Empowers Women, the network supports women and appeals to their interests. WE tv is a subsidiary of Rainbow Entertainment Services and is currently seen in over 69 million homes.

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, Rainbow Sports Networks managed FSN Bay Area and FSN New England, LIFESKOOL, SPORTSKOOL, and VOOM HD Networks. Through its IFC Entertainment division, Rainbow Media also owns and manages the following: IFC Films, a theatrical feature film distribution company; IFC First Take/IFC in Theaters, a day and date theatrical feature film/VOD initiative; the IFC Center in New York City; IFC Productions, a feature film production company; and IFC Entertainment, which owns and operates a film library. Rainbow Media also operates 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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