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Lifetime Hires ESPN's Jane Rice

Lifetime Networks has hired New York-based distribution executive Jane Rice as senior vice president of affiliate sales, reporting to Lifetime Networks' executive vice president of distribution Lori Conkling, her former colleague at Disney and ESPN.

Rice will oversee all affiliate field sales responsibilities related to Lifetime's portfolio of services, including Lifetime, Lifetime Movie Network and Lifetime Real Women, its video-on-demand and HD services and online endeavors.

Rice had been vice president of field sales for Disney and ESPN Media Networks and before joining Disney she worked at TechTV (formerly ZDTV) in affiliate sales and marketing and at Time Warner Cable.

She's a graduate of University College London, England, where she earned a LL.B. degree in law.

Kent Gibbons

Kent has been a journalist, writer and editor at Multichannel News since 1994 and with Broadcasting+Cable since 2010. He is a good point of contact for anything editorial at the publications and for Nexttv.com. Before joining Multichannel News he had been a newspaper reporter with publications including The Washington Times, The Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) Journal and North County News. He got his bachelor's degree at Pace University in Westchester County, N.Y.