Posted by Sheila Shayon on November 16, 2010 05:30 PM
The tectonic plates are shifting as Comcast’s purchase of NBC Universal gets closer to federal regulatory approval, and the players rearrange in a virtual Who’s Who in media.
With NBCU CEO Jeff Zucker already exiting, here's the latest line-up as America's largest cable operator puts its stamp on NBCU:
• Jeff Gaspin (above), chairman of NBC Universal TV Entertainment, is stepping down as he couldn't reach an agreement on a new role reporting to NBCU's incoming CEO, Steve Burke, who is currently COO at Comcast. Gaspin told NBCU employees, "As is his prerogative, Steve has determined that he wants to move in a different direction."
• Robert Greenblatt, who recently stepped down following a six-year run as Showtime's programming chief, has been hired to oversee entertainment programming at NBC.
• Lauren Zalaznick, stays on as head of NBCU’s Bravo and Oxygen networks, and adds oversight of Spanish-language Telemundo and Comcast’s Style network.
• Bonnie Hammer remains president of NBCU Cable entertainment and production, adding Comcast's E! network to her long-term oversight of USA and SyFy channels.
• Amy Banse, Comcast's top digital executive as president of Comcast Interactive Media, will run a new Silicon Valley-based digital investment fund for the merged Comcast-NBCU.
NBCU execs staying in place are Ron Meyer, chief of Universal’s theme parks and movie studio; NBC Sports chief Dick Ebersol; NBC News President Steve Capus; and CNBC President Mark Hoffman.
There will likely be more moves as Comcast, which just launched an iTunes app to create a mobile remote control, sets the stage for its acquisition of NBCU. One question…is there a scorecard app for this?