NBCUniversal has shuffled its executive ranks by realigning Universal Television and Universal Content Productions as a combined operation with Bonnie Hammer at the helm, effective immediately.
As such, Hammer will assume the title of chairman of NBCUniversal Content Studios, having previously served as chairman of NBCUniversal’s forthcoming streaming platform Peacock. Reporting directly into Steve Burke, CEO of NBCUniversal, she will now have direct oversight of the content pipeline stemming from the merged studios.
Before joining Peacock, Hammer had executive oversight of NBCU’s cable entertainment portfolio, including USA Network, SYFY, Bravo, E! Entertainment, Universal Kids, and the cable studios.
“Bonnie’s great taste, deep Hollywood relationships, and strong track record of generating popular and award-winning programming make her ideally suited to oversee this new division,” said Burke in a statement. “With our studios being a main pipeline for Peacock’s original content, she will continue to be integral to the future success of our streaming business.”
In addition, Comcast’s Matt Strauss will join the American media conglomerate as chairman of Peacock, which is slated to launch in 2020. Strauss will also add the Digital Enterprises group to his purview, and reports to Burke effective immediately.
Strauss was most recently EVP of Xfinity Services for Comcast Cable, where he was tasked with managing the company’s video, Internet, home, and voice businesses. He played a key role in launching video-on-demand platform and services including Xfinity Flex,X1, cloud DVR, live in-home streaming across devices, the talking guide, and the voice remote.
The company has also unveiled that George Cheeks — who was elevated last September to co-chairman of NBC Entertainment alongside Paul Telegdy — will become vice chairman of NBCUniversal Content Studios. He will additionally continue to oversee late-night programming for the American commercial broadcaster NBC. He reports into Hammer.
Telegdy, meanwhile, will become NBC Entertainment’s sole chairman, while also continuing to oversee syndication and Universal Television Alternative Studio. In the new role, he reports to Jeff Shell, chairman of NBCUniversal Film and Entertainment.
Prior to their co-chairman roles, Cheeks served as co-president of Universal Cable Productions and Wilshire Studios, and president of late night programming for NBC Entertainment where he oversaw line-ups that included Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Seth Meyers. Telegdy had previously served as president of NBCU’s alternative and reality group, where he developed some of NBC’s biggest hits including The Voice, America’s Got Talent, World of Dance and American Ninja Warrior.
Mark Lazarus continues as chairman of NBCUniversal broadcast, cable, sports and news.