RCN Corp., which delivers packages of cable networks to more than a million subscribers in the U.S., has formed RCN Entertainment and hired execs Nikki Silver and Orly Wiseman as co-presidents.
Silver said she and Wiseman have worked together for 10 years, starting as executives with TV syndication company Lancit Media. At RCN-E, Silver said, the two will focus on family programming similar to the three shows they’ll continue to produce as part of their new deal with the company:
- “Reading Rainbow,” the half-hour magazine series that has accumulated 140 episodes over the 18 years of its PBS run.
- “Outward Bound,” which follows teenagers on real-life adventures to exotic places. The half-hour series started on Discovery three years ago and now runs exclusively on the Discovery Kids network.
- “The Zack Files,” a scripted half-hour series co-produced with Decode Entertainment and based on a series of children’s books by Dan Greenburg. It runs on ABC Family, as well as YTV in Canada and Channel 4 in the U.K.
Wiseman said RCN-E is developing the novel “Monster” as a theatrical feature. Based on the book by Walter Dean Myers, “Monster” concerns a 16-year-old from Harlem who’s on trial for murder.
Another book, “The Watsons Go to Birmingham,” by Christopher Paul Curtis, is in development for a potential series. It’s about a black family living in Flint, Mich., during the 1960s.