Kathy Dore Leaves Rainbow for Job in Canada

Oct 4, 2004  •  Post A Comment

Kathleen Dore, president of Rainbow Media Holdings’ entertainment services, on Monday announced that she was leaving her post to run the television, cable and radio assets of Canadian media company CanWest MediaWorks, departing just as Rainbow parent Cablevision prepares to spin off the company’s fledgling satellite business and several Rainbow assets into a separate company.

Ms. Dore’s departure after 22 years at Rainbow comes at a particularly delicate time for Rainbow and parent Cablevision Systems. The planned spinoff of Rainbow, along with Cablevision’s fledgling satellite business Voom, has already been delayed until the fourth quarter while Cablevision awaits deal approval from the Securities and Exchange Commission. Furthermore, Ms. Dore becomes the latest Cablevision executive to join a stream of management departures in recent weeks.

In her new role Ms. Dore will assume the newly created position of president of television and radio of Toronto-based CanWest MediaWorks. She starts Oct. 18, will be based out of the company’s Toronto headquarters and will report to CanWest MediaWorks President Richard Camilleri.

In a statement released Monday afternoon, Joshua Sapan, president and CEO of Rainbow Media Holdings, said Ms. Dore “has been a valuable contributor to Rainbow Media over the past 22 years. … We will miss her and wish her the very best.”

A Rainbow spokeswoman declined to discuss plans to replace Ms. Dore, though Mr. Sapan in his statement made a point to say that Rainbow has “remarkably talented and creative executive teams in place” at AMC, IFC and WE: Women’s Entertainment, the cable networks that Ms. Dore managed in her previous role.

Ms. Dore joined Rainbow in 1982 as an affiliate marketing manager and moved up the ranks to become head of IFC until last year, when she was tapped to replace Kate McEnroe, who was fired following an accounting scandal.