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NBC Universal announces organizational structure
May 13, 2004
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New York, N.Y. -- NBC Universal announced the organizational structure of the new company, which was formed through the combination of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment. Bob Wright will head up the new organization as chairman and CEO, while retaining his position of vice chairman and executive officer of General Electric, NBC Universal's parent company. Wright will be supported by one of the most stable and experienced leadership teams in the industry.

Randy Falco assumes responsibility for the new company's overall commercial and operational functions, as President, NBC Universal Television Networks Group. Jeff Zucker adds responsibility for Universal's television production and programming operations, as President, NBC Universal Television Group. Ron Meyer, the former president and chief operating officer of Vivendi Universal Entertainment, becomes President and Chief Operating Officer, Universal Studios, responsible for Universal Pictures, the Hollywood studio operations, and the company's Parks & Resorts division. Universal Pictures and Parks & Resorts will continue to be led by Stacey Snider and Tom Williams, respectively.

Dick Ebersol adds responsibility for USA Network's sports programming, as Chairman, NBC Universal Sports & Olympics. Jay Ireland will continue to oversee the company's 29 owned-and-operated television stations as President, NBC Universal Television Stations. To enhance global growth, Brandon Burgess assumes the newly created position of Executive Vice President, Digital Media, International Channels, and Business Development.

Also reporting to Wright and assuming expanded responsibilities in their respective areas are the executives in charge of the company's corporate staff functions: Lynn Calpeter, EVP and Chief Financial Officer; Deborah Reif, EVP, Financial Structuring; Marc Saperstein, Senior EVP, Human Resources and Communications; and Lawrence Tu, EVP and General Counsel.

Television Group Changes

The new organization has a strong blend of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment leadership in significant positions in programming and distribution. Jeff Gaspin is appointed President, NBC Universal Cable Entertainment & Cross-Platform Strategy, and Kevin Reilly, as previously announced, is President, NBC Entertainment. Reporting to Gaspin are Bonnie Hammer, President, USA & Sci Fi Networks, and Lauren Zalaznick, President, Bravo & Trio Networks. David Kissinger has been named co-president, along with Angela Bromstad, of the NBC Universal Television Studio.

In key leadership support of the NBC Universal Television Group, former Vivendi Universal Entertainment Chief Financial Officer Frederick Huntsberry becomes Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, Distribution; John Miller becomes Chief Marketing Officer; and Marc Graboff becomes Television Group Executive Vice President. Reporting to Huntsberry in his television distribution capacity are Barry Wallach, President, NBC Universal Domestic Sales & Distribution, and Belinda Menendez, President, NBC Universal International Sales & Distribution.

Television Networks Group Changes

Key leadership changes in the company's commercial operations include expanded roles for Keith Turner and David Zaslav, who assume responsibilities in their respective areas for all NBC and Universal properties. Turner is President, NBC Universal Sales & Marketing, and Zaslav is President, NBC Universal Cable. From Universal, Jeff Lucas will be responsible for NBC Universal Cable Sales, reporting to Turner, and Doug Holloway will be responsible for NBC Universal Cable Investments, reporting to Zaslav.

An organizational chart may be accessed at http://nbcmv.com/assets/press_kits/NBCU_org_chart.pdf.

 
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