Comcast COO/incoming NBC Universal CEO Steve Burke has unveiled through an internal memo the new management structure for the Peacock, to go into effect once the Comcast-NBC merger is completed early next year.
As expected, Bob Greenblatt, recently president of entertainment at Showtime Networks Inc., will take the role of chairman of NBC Entertainment, with primetime and late night programming, business affairs, West Coast research, marketing, public relations, scheduling and NBC Universal Media Studios under his watch. Ted Harbert is coming to the net from Comcast as chairman, NBC Broadcasting, with broadcast advertising sales, NBC affiliate relations, companywide research, domestic TV syndication and the NBC station group as part of his portfolio.
On the cable side, Bonnie Hammer has been named chairman, NBC Universal Cable Entertainment and Cable Studios, with USA, SyFy, E! Entertainment, G4, Chiller, Sleuth, Universal HD and UCP (Universal Cable Productions) reporting to her. Neil Tiles remains as president of G4 and will report to Hammer as will a new, yet-to-be-named president of E! Entertainment.
Lauren Zalaznick, previously president of NBC Universal Women & Lifestyle Entertainment Networks, has been named chairman, NBC Universal Entertainment & Digital Networks and Integrated Media. Bravo, Oxygen and women’s online community iVillage will continue to report to her, as will the Integrated Strategic Marketing Group. Reporting to her post-merger will be Comcast digital properties Daily Candy and Fandango, Spanish language broadcaster Telemundo, and cable networks mun2, Style, and Comcast’s share of kids network PBS Sprout.
In other appointments, Jeff Shell, currently president of Comcast Programming Group, will become chairman of NBC Universal International, operating out of London. Matt Bond will come to NBCU from Comcast as executive vice president, content distribution, responsible for domestic TV content and digital distribution.