There has been a shakeup within the NBCUniversal cable networks, reports B&C. “In the new structure,” the story says, “Frances Berwick, head of Bravo and Oxygen, will add E! and Esquire Network to her portfolio in her new role as president of the newly formed lifestyle networks group.”
The story adds: “The reorganization came Tuesday as E! President Suzanne Kolb announced her departure from the network. Kolb had been with E! for nine years, having been promoted to president in 2011. Adam Stotsky, president of Esquire Network, has been named general manager of E! and will report directly to Berwick. He will continue to serve as president of Esquire under Berwick.”
According to Deadline.com, Kolb wrote in a memo, “One of my great privileges in life has been working with you for the past nine years. But as the adage goes, all good things must come to an end and so must my time at E!
“I am so proud of what we have accomplished together. From pop culture defining hits, to best in class entertainment news, to the gold standard for red carpet coverage and the creation of a digital powerhouse, E! is the very definition of a triple (or quadruple) threat. I am also thrilled we just wrapped filming on ‘The Royals’ as E!’s exciting foray into scripted. I know the future for E! shines bright and I look forward to cheering you on as you reach new heights.”
The Deadline story adds that Kolb “presided over the network during a challenging two-year period as E! has been looking to find new breakout unscripted franchises to supplement the aging ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians.’ E! also is looking for a new late-night franchise to succeed ‘Chelsea Lately’ and is faced with rebuilding ‘Fashion Police’ in the wake of the sudden death of Joan Rivers.”
Regarding Berwick’s promotion, Bonnie Hammer, who is NBCU’s cable entertainment chairman, said in a statement: “Frances is that rare individual whose creative instincts are as finely tuned as her business savvy. Her impressive track record is all about identifying compelling, innovative content. It’s part of her DNA, and it will be an invaluable asset in this new role and in maximizing E!’s tremendous brand potential.”