Charter continues ex-Cablevision hiring spree, taps Weinstein to work under Montemagno in programming

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Charter Communications has hired what is at least the sixth former Cablevision executive within the last three months, tapping Adam Weinstein to be senior VP of program acquisition.

He’ll report to Tom Montemagno, another former Cablevision operative who was hired just last week as executive VP of program acquisition. 

"I had the pleasure of working with Adam for more than eight years at Cablevision and I know he will be a valuable addition to the Charter team," said Montemagno in a statement. "Adam brings with him a wealth of industry knowledge, a keen understanding of the today's complex rights structures, and a track record of success in negotiating with broadcast television stations, national cable networks, regional sports networks and foreign language channels."

Montemagno, meanwhile, reports to former Cablevision David Ellen, former executive VP and general counsel for Cablevision. 

Ellen’s hiring in early July was followed closely by the tapping of former Madison Square Garden Group executive Michael Bair to lead Charter newly acquired news and regional sports programming networks. Also, Cablevision veteran Clifford Harris was named senior VP of law, programming, product and regulatory for Charter.

As Charter rebuilds its management ranks to handle recent acquisitions Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks, it seems to be looking outside to another recently purchased MSO, Cablevision, for talent.

Of course, it’s only 21.6 miles from Cableivison’s Bethpage, New York headquarters to Charter’s Stamford, Connecticut nerve center, so Cablevision — just acquired itself by Europe’s Altice — represents a geographically desirable talent pool. And with Altice under pressure to cut operational cost, it’s a talent pool that may not necessarily be eager to match outside job offers. 

Is it more desirable than the incumbent ranks of TWC and Bright House? Charter reps didn’t immediately respond to FierceCable’s inquiry for comment. 

For more:
- read this Charter press release

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