Frances Manfredi Promoted to President of NBCU Cable, New Media Distribution

Deals include first-run sale of “Friday Night Lights” to DirectTV

Last Updated: October 19, 2011 @ 10:06 AM

Frances Manfredi has been promoted to president of NBCUniversal Cable and New Media Distribution. 

Manfredi will continue overseeing the company's product distribution to cable and new media platforms. She also oversees the company’s non-theatrical distribution business.  Manfredi will continue to work closely with Barry Wallach, president of Domestic Television Distribution, and the Domestic TV Distribution team.

“Frances is a truly extraordinary executive whose contributions to NBCUniversal have been significant,” said , it was announced today by Ted Harbert, chairman of NBC Broadcasting “This promotion is a well-deserved recognition of the impact and value of her role at the company.”

She will report to Harbert and Rick Finkelstein, vice chairman and chief operating officer of Universal Studios.

Deals Manfredi has overseen include the off network sale of such such as "30 Rock," "Law & Order," "House," and "The Office." She also oversaw the sale of Universal Pictures' 2011 and 2009 slates to USA Network, the strategic partnership between NBCU and American Airlines, and the first-run sale of "Friday Night Lights" to DirectTV — as well as Universal Pictures’ deal with HBO, which will keep Universal’s top box office performers going to HBO for the next several years.

Manfredi has served as executive vice president and general sales manager of Cable & Non-Theatrical Sales, NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution, since 2007. She was previously the senior vice president of Cable Sales, NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution, for four years.