Variety, Deadline

Programming Shakeup at NBCU

Feb 10, 2016  •  Post A Comment

A high-level management shakeup is in motion at NBCUniversal. Variety reports that Bonnie Hammer, who oversees NBCU Cable Entertainment, is “blowing up the cable TV management playbook with a sweeping realignment of executive responsibilities across the largest channels that she oversees.”

Bill McGoldrick, formerly executive VP of original content for Syfy, moves to executive VP of scripted content for the NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment group of channels. McGoldrick will work with the network presidents as he oversees original scripted content for USA, Syfy, Bravo and any other channels that run scripted programs. He will report to Jeff Wachtel, who heads Universal Cable Productions and serves as chief content officer for NBCU Cable.

“Dave Howe, who has been president of Syfy and Chiller, is shifting to president of strategy and commercial growth, another job that spans the 10 channels in Hammer’s group,” Variety reports. “He will oversee all business affairs and business development.”

Deadline.com reports that Hammer has created a new unit, the Entertainment Networks group, encompassing USA, Syfy, Chiller and Cloo, following a similar move in which Bravo, E!, Esquire Network and Oxygen were combined into the Lifestyle Networks group, headed by Frances Berwick.

USA Network President Chris McCumber heads the new unit as President, Entertainment Networks, with marketing and publicity duties to be consolidated among the executive ranks at the four channels.


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  1. Rational merit based restructure that positions them well for the predictable blocking and tackling that will be needed to carve out positioning in the new era.

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