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New NBC Universal management structure announced

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.
November 18, 2010

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.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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