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FADE TO BLACK: It looks like Judy Licht won’t be giving Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren or any other designer some face time at next month’s New York Fashion Week. Rainbow Media Holdings, a Cablevision subsidiary, has pulled the plug on “Full Frontal Fashion.” The behind-the-scenes program was one of 15 high-definition channels under Rainbow’s Voom HD services, which has closed down its U.S. operations. For the past 10 years, Licht, one of the show’s hosts, bounced from one runway show to the next. Early on, the show aired on the now-defunct Metro Channel. “We covered the events, gave color and background so viewers would know who are these people, who does the music and everything else,” Licht said.
Cablevision’s president and chief executive officer James Dolan and his father, Charles, the company’s chairman, were said to have crossed swords about whether to sell Voom’s entities individually or as a package. Last spring, Dish Network, Voom’s largest Stateside distributor, dropped the service. Rainbow then slapped a $1 billion lawsuit on Dish Network for allegedly breaking a 15-year carriage deal. The dispute has yet to be resolved and is expected to take at least a year, according to an internal memo circulated last month by Rainbow Media honcho Joshua Sapan. Rainbow Media executives declined to comment on the number of layoffs or anything else Voom related Wednesday.
With distribution in 36 markets worldwide, Voom’s international business is said to still be strong.
Sources said at least one party is interested in picking up the “Full Frontal Fashion” idea. It is unclear as to whether the name would have to be purchased outright or if the concept could be duplicated without legal ramifications.
— Rosemary Feitelberg