Cablevision Ups Ellen to Exec VP, General Counsel,

Cablevision Systems Corp. has elevated David Ellen to executive vp and general counsel, giving him comprehensive oversight of the company’s legal affairs, across all divisions.

Ellen most recently served as executive vp and general counsel of Cablevision’s cable and communications units. He joined the company in 2004 as senior vp and general counsel, cable, telecommunications and programming.

Over the course of the last five years, Ellen oversaw and directed the legal affairs of Cablevision’s cable and telecom businesses as well as the Rainbow Media ad sales organization, News 12 Networks and the Newsday Media Group. Moreover, he served as lead in-house counsel on a variety of legal matters, playing a key role in defending Cablevision’s remote-DVR service.

Before returning to Cablevision––Ellen had an earlier stint (1997-2001) with the company as senior counsel in its government affairs department––he served as vp and deputy general counsel of IAC. Prior to his first tour of duty at Cablevision, Ellen worked for the Federal Communications Commission as a special counsel focusing on the implementation of the Telecommunications Act of 1996.

Based in Bethpage, NY, Ellen reports to Cablevision president and CEO James Dolan. He replaces Jonathan Schwartz, who left Cablevision in June, following a 6-year stint as the company’s chief legal counsel.

By way of announcing the promotion, Dolan praised Ellen’s strong cable background. “We have come to rely on David’s thoughtful judgment and insights as we have pursued strategic initiatives that have contributed to the company’s growth, and we very much look forward to his ongoing counsel and guidance as Cablevision’s top legal officer,” Dolan said.