WE tv Names John Miller Senior Vice President, Original Productions & Development
Network Strengthens Programming and Scheduling Team: Elizabeth Dor�e Promoted to Senior Vice President, Scheduling and Acquisitions Terence Coffey Promoted to Vice President Promotional Strategy
New York, NY, October 20 2009 - WE tv announced today the appointment of John Miller as senior vice president, original productions and development for WE tv and Wedding Central. In this role, Mr. Miller will develop original programming and serve as executive in charge of production on all network-produced programming. Most recently, Mr. Miller was executive vice president of television at The Weinstein Company where he oversaw all domestic TV production and development. In that post, he served as the executive in charge of production for notable series such as Project Runway, Models of the Runway, and for the HBO/BBC series, The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. Previously, he held positions at Touchstone Television, Telepictures Productions and MTV. Mr. Miller will be based in New York and report to Kim Martin, President and General Manager, WE tv and Wedding Central.
"John is a dynamic television executive who has a strong track record of overseeing and developing shows that resonate with audiences like Project Runway, Jackass, and The Real World," said Ms. Martin. "He joins WE tv at an exciting time on the heels of the network's highest-rated quarter ever, and the launch of Wedding Central. I am confident that John will bring new vitality and ideas to both networks that will excite viewers and allow our sales teams to continue presenting a strong product in the marketplace."
Prior to The Weinstein Company, Mr. Miller held overall deals with Touchstone Television and Telepictures Productions. Prior to that, he spent eight years at MTV where he rose to the position of executive vice president, programming and animation. At MTV he supervised, developed and produced some of the network's highest rated series such as The Tom Green Show, Making the Band and Jackass. He also spearheaded series such as Wild Boyz, Viva la Bam, The Assistant, the critically acclaimed Clone High, the hit scripted drama Undressed, the Peabody award-winning Biorhythm and the game show The Blame Game. During his tenure at the network he served as the executive in charge on the popular series The Real World and Road Rules, and played an important role in establishing MTV's successful original programming timeslot, "Ten Spot." Before MTV, Mr. Miller was director of development for Foxlab, where he created and developed the syndicated reality series, Trauma Center. Miller holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech and Communications from Millersville University of Pennsylvania in Millersville, PA.
To further strengthen the WE tv and Wedding Central Programming department effective immediately, Elizabeth Dor�e has been elevated to senior vice president of scheduling and acquisitions from vice president, and Terence Coffey has been promoted to vice president, promotional strategy from director. In her new role, Ms. Doree's responsibilities will expand to include the creation and implementation of strategic plans for both networks' scheduling, acquisitions and on-air promotion departments. Ms. Dor�e will report to Kim Martin. In his new position, Mr. Coffey will be responsible for developing and executing on-air promotion scheduling strategy and break architecture. Mr. Coffey will report to Elizabeth Dor�e.
"Over the years Elizabeth and Terence have been highly valued members of our programming team and their knowledge and tireless commitment have contributed to making WE tv one of the most popular women's networks in the marketplace," said Ms. Martin. "With this strong new programming team in place, we will continue offering our viewers fascinating, entertaining content that WE tv has become so well known for."
Ms. Dor�e joined WE tv in 2001 as vice president of program planning where she developed and implemented short and long-term programming strategies, stunts and events to attract viewers, affiliates and advertisers. She also transitioned the network from non-commercial to ad-supported, developed and oversaw the film formatting process and created the network's first on-air promotional strategy. In 2006, she was named vice president of program acquisitions and promotional strategy. In this role, she led the development and implementation of short- and long- term acquisition strategies f or WE tv. During her tenure, Ms. Dor�e acquired the successful off-network series The Golden Girls, Ghost Whisperer, and Charmed.
Prior to WE tv, Ms. Dor�e was with Warner Bros. for seven years where she rose to the position of vice president of sales planning & program inventory. In that position she choreographed domestic cable and network sales of the Warner Bros. library and managed the merger of the Warner Bros. and Turner program libraries to form the world's largest domestic television program library. Prior to Warner Bros., Ms. Dor�e was at Lifetime Television, where she began her career in the acquisitions department. Ms. Dor�e earned her Master of Science degree in broadcasting from Boston University and her Bachelor of Arts degree in screen studies from Clark University. She is a member of Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT), New York Women in Film (NYWIF), the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (ATAS), and the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE).
Mr. Coffey joined WE tv in 2003 as supervisor, programming where he was responsible for creating program logs, maintaining promo allocations, and was a member of the team that strategized the network's daily promotional priorities. During his tenure in the promotional planning department he was upped to director, promotional strategy where he was responsible for developing a new gross rating point (GRP) promotional strategy which maximized inventory and promotional campaigns, and he also played an integral part in launching WE tv's HD feed.
Prior to WE tv, Mr. Coffey was at Bravo where he was Manager, Program Continuity. In that role, he executed a new on-air promotional strategy that provided clarity and structure to the network's interstitial breaks. Prior to Bravo, he held manager level positions in the program operations departments at USA Network and HBO. Mr. Coffey earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in business management from Long Island University/C.W. Post. He is a member of Promax and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, (ATAS).
WE tv's (www.wetv.com) ongoing commitment to original programming continues to resonate with viewers. During third quarter 2009, the network posted double-digit gains among total viewers (+ 22%), among women 18-49 (+10%) and among women 25-54 (+13%) to make it the network's best quarter ever in Sales Prime.* Known for having the most popular wedding-themed programming on television, WE tv's Wedding Sunday line-up, features series such as Bridezillas, My Fair Wedding with David Tutera and Amazing Wedding Cakes. The network's extensive original programming line-up also includes: The Locator - the network's most watched series ever; the provocative Secret Lives of Women; the child pageant series, Little Miss Perfect; and the family series about multiples, Raising Sextuplets. In July 2009, Rainbow launched Wedding Central (www.wedcentral.com), a 24/7 multiplatform, interactive programming service devoted to weddings, dating and romance.
*Source: Nielsen Media Research, Live+SD Data, WE tv Sales Prime (M-Su 6p-1a), 3Q09 (6/29/09-9/27/09) vs. 3Q08 (6/30/08-9/28/08), P2+, W18-49 and W25-54
About WE tv
WE tv (http://www.wetv.com), a subsidiary of Rainbow Media Holdings LLC, is the premier source for women looking to satisfy their curiosity with fascinating, original stories and entertaining, fresh content that is relevant to key stages of their lives. Available in more than 74 million homes, WE tv's programming offers viewers compelling perspectives on women's lives ranging from the ordinary to the extraordinary, presented in a non-judgmental voice. The network's originals such as the provocative signature series Bridezillas; and critically acclaimed, viewer favorites The Locator- the network's most watched series ever, Secret Lives of Women, Amazing Wedding Cakes and My Fair Wedding with David Tutera, allow viewers to observe and become emotionally involved in the real-life stories of everyday women. WE tv is available in HD and WE tv On Demand is available in more than 30 million homes.
WE tv's public affairs initiative, WE Empowers Women, is dedicated to creating programs that foster and celebrate women's strength, confidence and diversity. The network's newest initiative, WE Volunteer (http://www.wevolunteer.tv), motivates women to become more involved in their communities by connecting them with local causes that they are passionate about and encouraging them to volunteer. One day of community service can make a difference in someone else's life.
About Wedding Central
Wedding Central (www.WedCentral.com) is the first and only 24/7 destination where women, who are fascinated by all things wedding related, can go to get engaged in and entertained by the aspiration and drama of weddings. The network features channel-specific series, specials and movies all focusing on dating, relationships, and weddings. Wedding Central, a subsidiary of Rainbow Media Holdings, LLC, is available on Cablevision's iO digital cable service.
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, multiplatform content for global distribution, creating and managing some of the world's most compelling and dynamic entertainment brands, including AMC, IFC (The Independent Film Channel), WE tv, Sundance Channel, and IFC Entertainment. Through IFC Entertainment, Rainbow Media also owns and manages the following: IFC Films, a leading U.S. distributor of independent and foreign film with a unique day and date distribution model, "IFC In Theaters," that makes films available to a national audience by releasing them simultaneously in theaters as well as on cable's On Demand platform; IFC Festival Direct features titles acquired from major international film festivals and initially offers them exclusively through On Demand; IFC Productions, a feature film production company; and IFC Center, a state-of-the-art cinema in the heart of NYC's Greenwich Village. Rainbow Media also operates Rainbow Advertising Sales Corporation, an advertising sales company; Rainbow Network Communications, a full service network programming origination and distribution company; and 11 Penn TV, a company that manages Rainbow Media's NYC studios and post-production facilities.