or


[03/25/08 - 12:59 PM]
Bonnie Hammer Signs New Multiyear Deal with NBC Universal
"Bonnie is one of the most talented executives in the industry, with an amazing track record of success," said Jeff Gaspin.

[via press release from NBC]

BONNIE HAMMER SIGNS NEW MULTIYEAR DEAL WITH NBC UNIVERSAL

Adds NBC Universal's Cable Studio And Emerging Networks to her Portfolio

Continues to Lead USA Network and SCI FI Channel

NEW YORK - March 24, 2008 - NBC Universal has named Bonnie Hammer President, Cable Entertainment and Cable Studio. The announcement was made today by Jeff Gaspin, President and Chief Operating Officer, Universal Television Group, and Jeff Zucker, President and CEO, NBC Universal. In a new multiyear deal, Hammer adds to her current duties executive responsibility for the newly formed NBC Universal Cable Studio (formerly part of Universal Media Studios) and NBC Universal's Emerging Networks. Hammer had served as President, USA Network and SCI FI Channel, since May 2004. She will continue to oversee these networks and will continue to report to Gaspin.

In her new role, Hammer will oversee NBC Universal Cable Studio, which is responsible for critically acclaimed shows including USA Network's "Monk," "Psych," "The Starter Wife" and "In Plain Sight," and SCI FI's "Battlestar Galactica" and "Eureka." In addition, she will identify and develop new scripted programs for the company's cable group and for external cable channels. Universal Media Studios Senior Vice President Richard Rothstein will now report to Hammer.

Hammer will also oversee NBC Universal's successful Emerging Networks group, led by Dan Harrison. The group includes Chiller, Sleuth and Universal HD.

"Bonnie is one of the most talented executives in the industry, with an amazing track record of success," said Gaspin. "I am excited that she'll be able to put her exceptional branding, programming and leadership skills toward an expanded portfolio of cable assets."

"Bonnie's achievements with USA and SCI FI have been spectacular," said Zucker. "She's a multitalented executive who knows how to run a network, program it successfully, and inspire a team. I'm thrilled to have her play a bigger role at NBCU."

"I'm thrilled to re-up at NBCU, where I've got, from my point of view, the best job in the business," said Hammer. "It's an exciting new opportunity not only to manage creative assets from concept through development to final product but also to help realize the enormous potential of the Emerging Networks group. And as a bonus, I get to continue working with the two great teams at USA and SCI FI, as well as all my friends and colleagues at NBCU."

Under Hammer's leadership, USA Network and SCI FI Channel have both experienced record ratings performances. USA Network was the No. 1 basic cable network for the second year in a row in 2007, with its highest ratings ever in every key measurement. SCI FI Channel finished the year as the sixth-ranked basic cable network, in its target demographic of adults 25-54, the highest ranking in its history, and had its best year ever among adults 18-34.

Hammer had served as president of SCI FI since April 2001, adding responsibility for USA Network in May 2004. She led USA Network's groundbreaking "Characters Welcome" branding initiative and directed cable entertainment's first foray into the digital social networking space with ShowUsYourCharacter.com. Recent successes at SCI FI Channel include the miniseries "Tin Man," which was the most-watched event in the channel's 15-year history. In 2007, Hammer was honored with NATPE's Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award, and was also inducted into Broadcasting & Cable's Hall of Fame.

Hammer's previous titles include executive vice president and general manager of SCI FI Channel, and senior vice president of SCI FI Programming and USA Original Productions. At USA, she partnered with Vincent McMahon to transform the WWF franchise into a ratings powerhouse and cultural phenomenon. She also created USA's "Erase the Hate" campaign, which earned a National Emmy Governor's Award.

Before joining Universal Television, Hammer was an original programming executive at Lifetime, where she executive produced several award-winning documentaries for Lifetime Television Network and was honored with the Lillian Gish Award, the Cine Golden Eagle, and the National Association for Youth's Mentor Award. Prior to this, she executive produced "Good Day!" for WCVB in Boston, and produced the series "This Old House," "Infinity Factory," and "Zoom" for PBS.





  [march 2008]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
      


· BATTLESTAR GALACTICA (SYFY)
· EUREKA (SYFY)
· IN PLAIN SIGHT (USA)
· MONK (USA)
· PSYCH (USA)
· STARTER WIFE, THE (USA)









[04/01/15 - 11:41 AM]
"Idol" Fan Save on Twitter Adds New and Dramatic Real-Time Twist to Season!
Beginning this week, fans have the opportunity to save a finalist from elimination by a real-time vote using Twitter.

[04/01/15 - 10:49 AM]
ABC Family Picks Up Three New Unscripted Series: "Startup U," "Next Step Realty: NYC" and "Monica the Medium"
These unscripted series join recently greenlit series "Becoming Us" (formerly "My Transparent Life") and "Job or No Job," which will all premiere this summer.

[04/01/15 - 10:30 AM]
E! Continues to Boost Original Programming with Introduction of Three New Series and Return of Three Hit Franchises
"#RichKids of Beverly Hills" (Sunday, May 24), "Total Divas" (Summer 2015) and "Christina Milian Turned Up" (Fall 2015) are all due back.

[04/01/15 - 10:03 AM]
truTV Spring 2015 Highlights
Said offerings include the return of "Fake Off" (Wednesday, May 6), "Barmageddon" (Monday, June 1) and "How to Be a Grown Up" (Tuesday, June 2).

[04/01/15 - 10:00 AM]
Fifth Harmony, Carly Rae Jepsen, Chelsea Kane, Sweet Suspense, Kelsea Ballerini, and Stars of "black-ish" and "Teen Beach 2" to Present at the 2015 Radio Disney Music Awards
A 30-minute pre-show originating from the red carpet and a 90-minute awards show telecast will be presented on multiple platforms around the world beginning Sunday, April 26 (7:30 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel.

[04/01/15 - 10:00 AM]
CBS Announces Season Finale Airdates
Plus: "Stalker" will rejoin the schedule on Monday, May 4 at 9:00/8:00c.

[04/01/15 - 09:45 AM]
Creative Team Behind "The Bachelor" Franchise Introduces New Luxurious Line of Hot Tubs to Be Sold at Retailers Nationwide Beginning April 1
"Hot tubs represent a great way of life - a life filled with romance and passion," said Bachelor creator/executive producer Mike Fleiss.

[04/01/15 - 09:38 AM]
USA Network's WWE "Monday Night Raw" Attracts Largest Audience in Nearly Three Years
USA spins the numbers for Monday, March 30.

[04/01/15 - 09:31 AM]
Second Round of Performers Announced to Perform on "ACM Presents: Superstar Duets," Friday, May 15 on CBS
The special, taping April 17-18 at the two-day ACM Party for a Cause Festival at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, will be broadcast Friday, May 15 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT).

[04/01/15 - 08:45 AM]
NBC Ties for the Nightlong Win Against All-Original Competition on the Big 4, Despite Encores of "Voice" and "Chicago Fire"
NBC spins the numbers for Tuesday, March 31.

[04/01/15 - 08:38 AM]
Tuesday's Broadcast Ratings: "NCIS," "Dovekeepers" Top Viewers for CBS
The Eye however shares the adults 18-49 crown with NBC last night.

[04/01/15 - 08:36 AM]
"Forever" Is No. 1 at 10pm in Adults 18-49 with an 11% Rise Week to Week
ABC spins the numbers for Tuesday, March 31.

[04/01/15 - 08:29 AM]
Nat Geo WILD Celebrates Earth Day with Slate of Original Animal Programming Throughout April
To help localize the Earth Day effort, Nat Geo WILD will invite people to post a selfie with the part of the Earth they most want to protect, using the hashtag #earthdayselfie.

[04/01/15 - 07:24 AM]
NBC Sports Group Fills Out 2015 Stanley Cup Playoff Bracket with Complete Coverage Beginning April 15
During April, May and June, NBC Sports Group will televise as many as 105 playoff games and possibly more than 260 hours of programming.

[04/01/15 - 07:21 AM]
CNBC's "Consumed: The Real Restaurant Business" Premieres Wednesday, May 13 at 10PM ET/PT
CNBC takes viewers behind-the-scenes of five very different restaurants in the ultra-competitive New York food scene, chronicling their every struggle and occasional triumph.