Lauren Zalaznick promoted to EVP NBCUniversal as part of leadership shifts
NBC Universal's executive lineup underwent a shift of responsibilities on Monday, with Bonnie Hammer, NBCU's chairman of cable entertainment and cable studios, taking control of NBC Universal's full cable portfolio, and executive Lauren Zalaznick being promoted to a new role, and former Univision president and CEO Joe Uva taking over NBCU's Spanish-language network Telemundo.
Under her new expanded duties, Hammer (pictured) will oversee Bravo, Oxygen, Style, Sprout and TV One adding to her existing duties of overseeing USA Network, SyFy, E!, G4, Cloo, Chiller and other properties. The newly consolidated collection of networks will be renamed Cable Entertainment Group.
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Zalaznick, who has been serving as chairman of NBC Universal Entertainment & Digital Networks and Integrated media, has been promoted to the new position of EVP NBCUniversal, where she'll focus on "innovation, digital, monetization and emerging technology across the company," NBC Universal CEO Steve Burke told employees in an internal email.
Uva, meanwhile, has been tapped for the newly created position of NBCU's chairman of Hispanic Enterprises and Content, a position that will include running the company's Spanish language networks Telemundo and mun2. Uva stepped down as president and CEO of Univision in June 2011.
Hammer and Zalaznick will assume their new responsibilities immediately, while Uva will come aboard April 3.
Burke, who's enacted similar restructurings for NBCU's sports and news divisions, said that the restructuring will help streamline things while allowing for better exploitation of the company's assets.
"Our business is more dynamic and challenging than at any point in its history," Burke wrote in a memo to his staff. "Now, more than ever, we need to simplify our organization and take advantage of the breadth of our assets. At the same time, we need to focus more on innovation and emerging technologies. These organization changes are designed to do just that,” Burke wrote.