Government approval of Comcast’s takeover of NBC can be still counted in hours, and we already have the first high-level casualty.
It’s Angela Bromstad, President, Primetime Entertainment, NBC and Universal Media Studios.
In an email note to her colleagues, Bromstad wrote, according to a number of media reports, "Today I wanted to let you know that I’m leaving NBC Universal. I cannot possibly sum up my thoughts and emotions in an email but suffice it to say I have tremendous respect for the company and for the people with whom I have had the privilege to work with and know during my time here. I take great memories and friendships with me and I wish you all the best going forward."
In November Comcast had said that Bromstad would be staying with the company, reporting to new entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt.
However, in Nellie Andreeva’s Deadline.com report this afternoon about Bromstad’s departure, Andreeva wrote "If she hadn’t left on her own, Bromstad would have probably been pushed out within the next week or so, sources said. Greenblatt had reportedly been telling people that Bromstad ‘will be gone within 48 hours’ of him starting at NBC."
The report continues, "The move also fueled a new round of rumors about what executives Greenblatt might bring in. Speculation once again focused on ‘the usual suspects,’ former Showtime SVP original programming Danielle Gelber and 20th Century Fox TV EVP Jennifer Nicholson-Salke. I hear Gelber will not be going to NBC while Nicholson-Salke, who is now under contract at 20th TV, could eventually join Greenblatt though not right away, sources said."
According to Bromstad’s official NBC biography, "She began her NBC career as Director, Miniseries and Motion Pictures for Television, in May 1994, where she developed the hit miniseries ‘The Beast’ during the 1995-96 season."
Andreeva’s report also notes that "This is the second time Bromstad leaves a top NBC post after a new chairman is brought in. In 2007, she was pushed out as president of UMS when Ben Silverman joined the network and moved to London to run NBCU’s U.K. production office. She was brought back 2 years later in the aftermath of Silverman’s exit."