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Comcast Interactive Media Names Karin Gilford Senior Vice President of Fancast and Online Entertainment

2008-07-17 11:30:00

Former Yahoo! Vice President of Entertainment to Run Online

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PHILADELPHIA–(EMWNews)–Comcast Interactive Media (CIM), the division of Comcast Corporation

(Nasdaq:CMCSA, CMCSK) dedicated to developing and operating online and

cross-platform entertainment and media businesses, today announced that

Karin Gilford will join the company as Senior Vice President of Fancast

and Online Entertainment. In this role, Gilford will build and manage

Fancast, CIMs cutting edge online video and

entertainment site as well as seek and grow additional opportunities for

CIM in the online entertainment space. Gilford will report to Amy Banse,

President of Comcast Interactive Media.

Gilford, is an eight-year Yahoo! veteran, where most recently she served

as Vice President and General Manager of Yahoo! Entertainment leading

all programming, content and business strategy for the entertainment

consumer websites: Yahoo! Movies, Yahoo! Music, Yahoo! Television, OMG,

Shine and Yahoo! Games. While at Yahoo!, she successfully increased

traffic and monetization across the companys

entertainment properties and pioneered programming relationships with

networks for full length video content. Gilford was responsible for the

redesign and re-launch of Yahoo! TV, doubling traffic and revenue on the

site and growing unique visitors to the highest in the history. She also

led Yahoo! Movies to become number one among portal competitors

increasing unique visitors by 50% in nine months.

Karin is a great addition to the CIM family.

She understands our vision for a seamless, multi-screen entertainment

experience and how the internet can and should play a role in managing

that experience, said Banse. Her

proven track record of developing and growing multiple online

entertainment businesses from TV to music to movies will be a tremendous

asset to Fancast and our online entertainment strategy. Im

thrilled to welcome Karin to our team., CIMs online entertainment

destination, enables users to find, manage, and watch entertainment

content wherever it is available on Fancast,

on television, on VOD, online or in theaters. The site offers over 4,000

free full length episodes of new and retro television shows, including

many streaming full length movies. Fancast has ever-growing content from

NBC, Fox, CBS, WB, Viacom and other popular networks. CIM also owns

other online properties including Fandango,,,

thePlatform, Plaxo. Fandango and will continue to be led by

Chuck Davis, CEO of Fandango, Inc, will continue to be led

by Scott Bailey, SVP of Comcast Interactive Media, and thePlatform and

Plaxo will continue to report to Sam Schwartz, EVP of Comcast

Interactive Media.

Before joining Yahoo!, Gilford held positions in business development

and finance at Paramount Pictures International Television, L.A. Digital

Post, Inc and Ernst & Young LLP. She received her Master of Business

Administration from University of Southern California and Bachelors of

Science from California State University Northridge.

About Fancast Fancast (,

created by Comcast Interactive Media, is the first online destination

that enables users to watch, manage and find entertainment content

wherever it is available on Fancast, on

television, online, on DVD or in theaters. On Fancast, users can view an

expanding free library of full episodes and clips from movie partners

and top networks, find the content they are looking for across multiple

platforms and create a personalized entertainment experience. Fancast

features like the Watch It

tool make it easy to access content wherever it lives while Six

Degrees helps them explore the connections

between TV shows, movies, cast and crew. Shortly, Fancast will enable

users to set their DVR from their computer, receive email reminders

about what they should tune-in to based on previous preferences and set

designated Watch Lists

of their favorite shows.

About Comcast Interactive Media

Comcast Interactive Media (CIM), a division of Comcast Corporation

(Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), dedicated to developing and operating online and

cross-platform entertainment and media businesses, including

( CIMs

products include, a top movie and entertainment

destination, selling movie tickets at over 15,000 screens;,

a national online entertainment site; thePlatform, the industry-leading

provider of digital media publishing solutions over broadband and

wireless networks; and Plaxo an online social networking based platform.

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