Frances Berwick to lead NBCU Cable lifestyle group, Kolb to leave E!

Frances Berwick (pictured) will lead NBCU Cable Entertainment's new lifestyle group, as Suzanne Kolb exits from E!
September 30, 2014

Suzanne Kolb is exiting her role as the president of NBCUniversal-owned cable net E! after two years, as Frances Berwick (pictured), most recently head of Bravo Media and Oxygen Media, takes on an expanded role in leading NBCU’s lifestyle cable group.

As part of the restructuring, announced by NBCU Cable Entertainment chairman Bonnie Hammer on Tuesday, Berwick will now also have Esquire and E! under her watch as president of the newly established lifestyle networks group, with Esquire president Adam Stotsky also to serve as general manager for E!

“In a crowded, constantly evolving media landscape, it’s more important than ever to have a business structure that not only delivers results today, but also sets a course with the right leadership for future success,” said Hammer in a statement. “Frances is that rare individual whose creative instincts are as finely tuned as her business savvy. Her impressive track record is all about identifying  compelling, innovative content. It’s part of her DNA, and it will be an invaluable asset in this new role and in maximizing E!’s tremendous brand potential.”

“One of my great privileges in life has been working with you for the past nine years. But as the adage goes, all good things must come to an end and so must my time at E!,” Kolb wrote in an internal memo to staff on Tuesday (September 30).

Kolb has been with the network since 2005 and assumed the role of president in 2011, replacing Ted Harbert when he became chairman of NBC Broadcasting.

“I am so proud of what we have accomplished together. From pop culture defining hits, to best in class entertainment news, to the gold standard for red carpet coverage and the creation of a digital powerhouse, E! is the very definition of a triple (or quadruple) threat,” she continued. “I am also thrilled we just wrapped filming on The Royals as E!’s exciting foray into scripted. I know the future for E! shines bright and I look forward to cheering you on as you reach new heights.”

E!’s unscripted slate includes the reality titles #RichKids of Beverly Hills, Total Divas, Botched, the long-running Keeping Up With the Kardashians franchise and Fashion Police, which the network will continue to air following the death of star Joan Rivers.

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(With files from Barry Walsh)

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