Rainbow Elevates Carroll To COO


Rainbow Media Holdings LLC has promoted Ed Carroll to COO of Rainbow Entertainment Services.

Carroll, who has been president of Rainbow’s national entertainment services since December 2004, has operating responsibility for Rainbow’s national entertainment networks AMC, IFC, WE tv and Sundance Channel. During Carroll’s tenure, Rainbow’s national networks have enjoyed significant growth in ratings, distribution and advertising.

He will continue to report to Josh Sapan, president and CEO of Rainbow Media Holdings, Cablevision Systems Corp.’s programming subsidiary.

Under Carroll’s watch, Rainbow has built some of television’s most popular brands and overseen the development of some of cable’s most successful original programming, including Mad Men, Inside the Actor’s Studio, Bridezillas, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and Dinner for Five. During his tenure, Rainbow’s networks have garnered numerous industry accolades, notably a pair of Golden Globe Awards, as well as a dozen Primetime and Creative Arts Emmy Awards, including the 2008 honor for best drama for AMC’s retro advertising series Mad Men, the first basic-cable network show to earn that distinction.

“Ed has that rare combination of creativity and business acumen, and has been a key architect behind the recent original programming successes across our networks, particularly at AMC and WE tv,” said Sapan in a statement. “His great instincts, proven leadership skills and depth of knowledge about the industry have made him an invaluable member of my team and I look forward to Ed continuing to expand on Rainbow’s success.”

Carroll has held a number of positions at Rainbow including executive vice president and general manager of IFC from 2002 to 2004, and general manager of Bravo from 1997 to 2002, before it was sold to NBC in 2002. He first joined Rainbow Media, the parent company of Bravo Networks, in 1987 and worked in public relations for then American Movie Classics and Bravo. In 1992, he was promoted to director of marketing at Bravo and went on to become senior vice president of marketing.