Report: Possible Fate of Gaspin, Hammer, Zalaznick, Others When Comcast Takes Over

Nov 8, 2010  •  Post A Comment

Comcast is relying on NBC Universal executives to fill out the new management structure of the media company, with Comcast Chief Operating Officer Steve Burke preparing to unveil the personnel line-up around Thanksgiving, the New York Post’s Claire Atkinson reports.

According to the story, "As for NBC Universal Television Entertainment Chairman Jeff Gaspin, sources said he could take a role similar to that of Randy Falco, who was COO of NBCU TV Group, a role that focuses on day-to-day operations rather than programming development. Gaspin doesn’t appear to be the only candidate for the job."

USA Network chief Bonnie Hammer and Lauren Zalaznick, who runs Bravo and Oxygen, will keep their current jobs but will be given some added responsibilities, the story says. There was some speculation that Comcast, which is buying NBCU, would choose one over the other in a reorganization, the story notes. But Zalaznick signed a new contract as recently as last week, it says.

It’s unclear what role Marc Graboff, the co-chair of NBC Entertainment and NBCU TV Studios, will play in the executive suite, while Bob Greenblatt, former president of Showtime, is the only outsider considered likely to take a big programming role at the company, the story notes. Still, Burke is talking to other outsiders, it adds.


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