Exec worked on 'Mad Men,' 'Actor's Studio'

Rainbow Media prexy of national entertainment services Ed Carroll has been upped to chief operating officer of Rainbow Entertainment Services.

Carroll has had a hand in developing a number of skeins for the cable conglom, including “Inside the Actors Studio,” “Dinner for Five” and, during his Bravo days, “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.”

More recently, he’s helped steer AMC’s successful move into original programming, starting with the Emmy-winning 2006 telepic “Broken Trail” and the much-praised drama “Mad Men.”

“Ed has that rare combination of creativity and business acumen and has been a key architect behind the recent original programming successes across our networks,” said Rainbow prexy- CEO Josh Sapan in announcing the promotion.

Carroll joined Rainbow in 1987 in the public relations department of AMC and Bravo, which was formerly owned by Cablevision. He went on to become general manager of Bravo in 1997 and exec veep-general manager of IFC in 2002.

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