Rainbow Starts Filling In Holes

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Rainbow Media Holdings Inc. is beginning to fill some of the vacancies caused by a recent flurry of executive departures.

Kim Martin, executive vice president of distribution sales and marketing for AMC and WE: Women’s Entertainment, is being promoted to general manager of WE, numerous sources said last week, although Rainbow declined to comment.

Rainbow has also filled Matt Strauss’ former Mag Rack GM post by shifting Dan Ronayne, who had been senior VP of marketing for Voom HD Originals.

And this week, Rainbow is expected to announce the promotions of Greg Moyer and Nora Ryan to co-GMs of Voom HD Originals.

Moyer, a Discovery Communications Inc. veteran, most recently was Rainbow’s president of regional programming, managing the MetroChannels and News 12 Networks.

Ryan, ex-president of Sundance Channel, had been Rainbow’s senior VP of business development.

Rainbow also recruited two outsiders: Longtime Showtime Networks Inc. veteran Glenn Oakley, most recently senior VP of corporate strategy and international, is joining Rainbow as senior VP of new business development, while ad veteran Bob Battles is being named senior VP of creative services.

In a prepared statement, Rainbow CEO Joshua Sapan lauded Oakley and Battles as “seasoned executives” of “tremendous value” to Rainbow, and he called Moyer’s and Ryan’s track records “unparalleled.”

However, key Rainbow posts such as GM for AMC and Fuse -- as well as that left by Kathleen Dore, former head of the company’s national movie-based networks, who resigned last week -- remain open.

For more on Rainbow, please see Linda Moss’ story on page one of Monday’s issue of Multichannel News.

Steve Donohue, R. Thomas Umstead and Mike Farrell contributed to this report.

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