A&E Won’t Seat Hammer on Board

May 18, 2008  •  Post A Comment

Bonnie Hammer, one of NBC Universal’s top cable executives, won’t be joining the board of A&E Television Networks.
AETN is partly owned by NBC Universal, which had offered Ms. Hammer a spot on the smaller entity’s board as a sweetener to keep her at the company. In March, the well-regarded executive signed a new contract at NBC Universal.
But AETN’s other owners, the Walt Disney Co. and Hearst Corp., had a problem with Ms. Hammer, who runs NBC Universal’s top-rated networks USA Network and Sci Fi Channel, also overseeing strategic plans for AETN and its channels, which include A&E and History Channel.
“You can see the conflict,” said Anne Sweeney, co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney-ABC Television Group. “You’d rather have someone with more of a corporate position on the board.”
That would create a freer exchange of information between the company and its directors, Ms. Sweeney said.
Hearst executives did not return calls seeking comment.
Ms. Hammer said she understood the other AETN owners’ concerns, adding that she sees herself as being more cut out for running networks than sitting on their boards.
Ms. Hammer also was supposed to sit on the board of Sundance Channel, but that gig was preempted when Cablevision’s Rainbow Media unit acquired the cable network from NBC Universal and its other owners for $496 million earlier this month.
Ms. Hammer’s contract with NBC Universal gave her the new title of president of entertainment and cable studios.
She continues as head of USA and Sci Fi. She is a director of NBC Universal and oversees NBCU’s Emerging Networks Group. She also has a director seat at Shop NBC.
The key part of her new job is at NBC Universal’s television studio, developing programs for cable networks.
“We’re trying to settle on the right structure” at the studio, Ms. Hammer said.
A&E Television Networks is particularly sensitive over the issue of conflict because some executives there believe former director David Zaslav, representing NBC, continued to sit on the AETN board while he was planning to move to arch-rival Discovery Communications.
An AETN spokesman said the company does not comment on board matters.


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