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NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group
Division of NBCUniversal
Industry Cable
Founded August 2, 2004
Key people
Bonnie Hammer (chair)
Jeff Wachtel (CCO[1])
Owner NBCUniversal
(Comcast Corporation)
Divisions Lifestyle Network Group
Entertainment Networks
Subsidiaries Universal Cable Productions

NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group, formerly NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment & Cable Studios, is the division of NBCUniversal that oversees all of the conglomerate's cable television channels.

History[edit]

NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment & Cable Studios[edit]

In July 2008, Universal Cable Productions was split off from Universal Media Studios (UMS) and placed into NBCUniversal's NBCU Cable Entertainment division. The unit was placed under the direction of a management team consisting of 5 executives.[2]

NBCUniversal Cable[edit]

In February 2013, NBCUniversal merged its two cable divisions, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment & Cable Studios and NBCUniversal Entertainment & Digital Networks and Integrated Media, into one unit.[3] By April 2013, Comcast Entertainment Studios, or E! Studios, was renamed Wilshire Studios.[4] Jeff Wachtel was transferred from USA co-president to be head of content and Universal Cable Productions.[1]

With the resignation of E! President Suzanne Kolb in September 2014, NBCU Cable announced the formation of Lifestyle Network Group consisting of Bravo, Oxygen, E! Entertainment and Esquire Network. The Group was to be led by Frances Berwick, president of Bravo and Oxygen Media with Esquire Network president Adam Stotsky to take over as general manager of E![5]

On April 14, 2014, Comcast purchased Lions Gate Entertainment and Sony Pictures Entertainment's stakes in Fearnet to acquire full ownership of the channel. Comcast plans to fold Fearnet into its existing horror- and thriller-focused network Chiller (owned by the company's NBCUniversal Cable unit), although some of Fearnet's programming may be moved to Syfy.[6]

Hammer ordered a reorganization that creates the Entertainment Networks group with Chiller, Cloo, Syfy, and USA Network by transferring two Syfy executives out and placing USA Network president Chris McCumber in charge of the group as president. Syfy executives transferred were executive vice president of original content to the post of executive vice president of scripted content under the chief content officer, NBCU Cable and president of Syfy and Chiller, was moved to president of strategy and commercial growth, NBCU Cable. Sprout was also added to Lifestyle Network.[1]

NBCUniversal Cable networks[edit]

NBCUniversal Entertainment & Digital Networks and Integrated Media[edit]

NBCUniversal Entertainment & Digital Networks and Integrated Media
Division of NBCUniversal
Industry Cable, internet
Successor
  • NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group
  • NBCUniversal Hispanic Enterprises and Content
  • NBCUniversal Digital Enterprises
Founded January 31, 2011 (2011-01-31)
Defunct February 4, 2013 (2013-02-04)
Key people
Lauren Zalaznick, chair
Owner NBCUniversal
(Comcast Corporation)

NBCUniversal Entertainment & Digital Networks and Integrated Media (EDNIM) was a division of NBCUniversal that held part of NBCU's cable portfolio plus Telemundo and its digital networks.

Originally organized in 2011 in the wake of Comcast takeover of NBCUniversal to keep Lauren Zalaznick, EDNIM was merged with NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment & Cable Studios while moving out Telemundo and Mun2 to a new division, NBCUniversal Hispanic Enterprises and Content. The move also created the corporate-level position of executive vice president in charge of digital ventures for the division's former head[3] taking the digital networks with her.[8]

Units[edit]

NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises[edit]

NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises
Division
Industry Cable
Predecessor NBCUniversal Entertainment & Digital Networks and Integrated Media
Founded February 4, 2013 (2013-02-04)
Owner NBCUniversal
(Comcast Corporation)
Divisions Telemundo
NBC Universo

NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises, formerly NBCUniversal Hispanic Enterprises and Content & NBCUniversal Hispanic Group, is the Hispanic culture outlet company and division of NBCUniversal.

NBCUniversal Hispanic Enterprises and Content was spun out of NBCUniversal Entertainment & Digital Networks and Integrated Media taking Telemundo and Mun2 while most of that unit was merged into NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group. Joe Uva was appointed to head the unit as chairman starting April 3, 2013.[3]

On December 24, 2014, NBCUniversal announced that it would rebrand mun2 as NBC Universo on February 1, 2015, to coincide with the network's Spanish-language broadcast of Super Bowl XLIX.[9]

NBCUniversal Hispanic Group rolled out 1,000 hours of new programming for its two channels at Upfronts in May 2015. The also launched their CultureFirst, an advertising initiative to help advertisers create a full plan to reach out to Latinos, and co-programming opportunities that allows advertiser to advertise across NBC channels.[10] NBC Deportes, a dedicated Hispanic sports production unit, was also announced by Chairman Joe Uva and Chairman Mark Lazarus of NBC Sports Group.[11]

NBCUniversal Hispanic Group on October 12, 2015 was renamed NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises with Cesar Conde taking over as chairman from Joe Uva. Conde was already chair of NBCUniversal International Enterprises. Uva would continue to oversee the move of NBC Deportes to the NBC Sports Group facility in Stamford, CT.[12]

NBCUniversal Digital Enterprises[edit]

NBCUniversal Digital Enterprises
Division
Industry Cable
Predecessor NBCUniversal Entertainment & Digital Networks and Integrated Media
Founded February 4, 2013 (2013-02-04)
Founder Lauren Zalaznick
Number of locations
2[13]
Owner NBCUniversal
(Comcast Corporation)
Number of employees
20[13]
Divisions Seeso

NBCUniversal Digital Enterprises is the digital division of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast. The division is in charge of business development for digital, mobile, and social media.[8]

Lauren Zalaznick was appointed to head this division as executive vice president after her previous division was split into two with most units were merged into NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment & Cable Studios to become NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group with the rest becoming NBCUniversal Hispanic Enterprises and Content[3] taking the digital networks and the Integrated Media group, including Women At NBCU, Hispanics At NBCU and the NBCU Digital Council with her.[8] In September 2013, Zalaznick left NBCU and executive VP Cesar Conde took over most of the division. Consumer Products, headed by Russell Hampton, and Fandango, head by Paul Yanover, was transferred to Universal Studios under its vice chairman Jeff Shell, while the Integrated Media group, head by John Shea, was transfer to Linda Yaccarino, Chairman, Advertising Sales and Client Partnerships.[14]

Evan Shapiro, former Pivot President, took over heading the unit in the new position of executive vice president of digital enterprises under Conde, executive VP of NBCU International Enterprises.[15] NBCUniversal Digital Enterprises hired additional executives in preparation for the role out of its first direct-to-consumer services: Patricia Parra Hadden as senior vice president for marketing and Ben McLean for business affairs & development, content licensing, operations and strategy.[16]

In October 2015, Digital Enterprises announced Seeso, a comedy over-the-top subscription VOD channel which went private beta in December and a January launch.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Littleton, Cynthia (February 9, 2016). "NBCU Cable Shakes Up Programming Operations With New Roles for Dave Howe, Bill McGoldrick". Variety. Retrieved February 13, 2016. 
  2. ^ Lafayette, Jon (July 20, 2008). "NBC Taps Cable-Studio Bosses". TV Week.com. Archived from the original on March 23, 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d James, Meg (February 4, 2013). "Bonnie Hammer to lead NBCUniversal cable entertainment channels". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  4. ^ Marechal, AJ (April 29, 2013). "Gary Auerbach to Oversee Development at Wilshire Studios". Variety. Retrieved November 21, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Hamedy, Saba (September 30, 2014). "NBCUniversal announces new network group, management changes". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (April 14, 2014). "Comcast Takes Full Control Of FEARnet, To Fold It In Into Chiller & Syfy". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved April 14, 2014. 
  7. ^ Ng, Philiana (2011-11-30). "Steve Dolcemaschio Named President of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment's Reality Studio". Hollywood Reporter.com. Retrieved 20 August 2012. 
  8. ^ a b c Rose, Lacey (February 4, 2013). "Bonnie Hammer Takes Over NBCU's Larger Cable Portfolio; Lauren Zalaznick Refocuses on Digital". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 3, 2016. 
  9. ^ Cynthia Littleton (November 4, 2014). "Spanish-Language Cabler Mun2 to Relaunch as NBC Universo". Variety. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved December 25, 2014. 
  10. ^ Ariens, Chris. "NBCU Hispanic Group Will Put Culture First and Challenge the Market to 'Latino-ize'". adweek.com (AdWeek). Retrieved 12 May 2015. 
  11. ^ Petski, Denise. "NBCUniversal Hispanic Group Unveils CultureFirst, NBC Deportes, Telemundo & NBC Universo 2015-16 Lineup, More — Upfronts". deadline.com (Deadline). Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  12. ^ Lieberman, David (September 21, 2015). "NBCU Moves Spanish-Language Media To Cesar Conde From Joe Uva". Deadline Hollywood (Penske Business Media, LLC). Retrieved February 3, 2016. 
  13. ^ a b c Spangler, Todd (October 15, 2015). "NBCU Sets 'Seeso' Comedy Subscription VOD Channel Launch". Variety. Retrieved January 8, 2016. 
  14. ^ Rose, Lacey (September 27, 2013). "Lauren Zalaznick to Leave NBCUniversal". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 3, 2016. 
  15. ^ Malone, Michael (December 2, 2014). "Evan Shapiro Named NBCU's EVP Of Digital Enterprises". Multichannel News. Retrieved February 3, 2016. 
  16. ^ Spangler, Todd (September 16, 2015). "NBCU Digital Enterprises Hires Shazam’s Patricia Parra Hadden to Lead Marketing". Variety. Retrieved February 3, 2016. 

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