Rainbow ups Kroner

Exec will report directly to Sapan

Chuck Dolan’s Rainbow Media Holdings has centralized all the PR functions of AMC, WE: Women’s Entertainment and IFC under Ellen Kroner, who gets a promotion to senior VP of corporate communication and marketing.

Kroner plans to be more active in supervising the nets’ PR department heads than was the executive she replaces, Jim Weiss, who will stay on as a consultant to Rainbow. Matt Frankel, VP of corporate communications for Rainbow, will now report to Kroner, and Kroner will report directly to Josh Sapan, president and CEO of Rainbow.

“Bringing our public relations teams together across Rainbow’s business,” Sapan said in a statement, “is part of a strategic plan that will more closely link our communications efforts with the needs of our partners, advertisers and viewers.”

Kroner spent the past six years at Rainbow. Before that, she was senior VP of corporate communications for ICM. Earlier, she rose to VP of publicity for Sony Pictures Entertainment.