After more than 13 years at Discovery Communications Inc.,
Gregory Moyer is leaving the company to become president of regional programming for
Rainbow Media Holdings Inc., a unit of Cablevision Systems Corp.
Rainbow is in an expansion mode, and it encompasses more
than one-dozen regional-programming services.
In his new post, Moyer, 45, will oversee all operations,
planning and business development for Rainbow's regional-programming unit, which
includes the MSG Metro Channels, News 12 Networks and Rainbow Sports.
Moyer will also be involved in the process of deciding
whether Rainbow should launch additional MSG Metro-type regional channels in the markets
where Cablevision owns cable clusters, such as Boston and Cleveland.
"I know that we have talked about taking the best of
what works in New York and bringing it to the other cities were Cablevision has a portion
of the market," said Moyer, who will be relocating to the New York metro area from
Moyer, who will report to Rainbow chief operating officer
Hank Ratner, starts his new job Jan. 25.
A Philadelphia native, Moyer said he was impressed with the
aggressive stance that Cablevision has taken in the New York market -- from buying Madison
Square Garden to taking over management of Radio City Music Hall and trying to buy the
Yankees Major League Baseball team.
Moyer was also struck by Cablevision's commitment to
local television, in terms of news, sports, information and entertainment.
"They're going to bet the farm on regionalization," he said.
In August, Rainbow launched the MSG Metro Channels -- a
$100 million project -- to 2.4 million homes in the New York metropolitan area.
Rainbow Sports includes all of Rainbow Media's sports
assets, including Fox Sports Net regional services in Chicago, San Francisco, Ohio and New
England. It also manages the company's 50 percent partnership in Fox Sports Net and
Fox Sports National Advertising.
Ratner said the new position of president of regional
programming was created so that one executive could oversee and find the synergies among
Rainbow's exploding portfolio of regional services. He noted that Moyer will have 14
regional networks under his wing.
"It's a big programming challenge," Ratner
said. "We've got a lot of time to program, and there's a lot of creative
work to be done. We have a tremendous amount of resources here. Someone needs to look over
them and get all the synergies."
Moyer has been at DCI since August 1985. Most recently, he
was its chief creative officer and president of Discovery Themed Entertainment. During his
tenure, he oversaw the growth of Discovery Channel and The Learning Channel, engineering
their moves into original production.
Many of his operational duties will likely be taken over by
his No. 2, David Karp.