Rainbow Media Holdings Inc. will take advantage of its strategic partnership
with Primedia Inc. to develop magazine-branded programming for its Mag Rack
Rainbow will develop new Mag Rack video-on-demand programming based on
popular Primedia magazine titles such as American Baby,
Automobile, Hot Rod and Motor Trend, representatives from
both companies said.
It was unclear at press time when those branded services will be available
via Mag Rack, which currently offers 18 specialty categories ranging from
science, bird watching and wine to photography, weddings, space and vegetarian
Mag Rack is currently available on Cablevision Systems Corp.'s 'iO' digital
service, and it is being marketed to other distributors nationwide.
The deal builds on Rainbow's and Primedia's existing joint-venture
relationship, which resulted in the August launch of New York Web site newyorkmetro.com.
'As distributors begin to roll out their subscription-VOD and VOD
[video-on-demand] services, we believe that developing content with magazine
publishers like Primedia, which have deep experience serving passionate
audiences, would further enhance Mag Rack's strength with operators and its
resonance with viewers,' Mag Rack executive vice president and general manager
Matt Strauss said in a prepared statement.
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R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.