NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group

NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group, formerly NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment & Cable Studios, is the division of NBCUniversal that oversees all of the conglomerate's non-sports cable television channels.

NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group
FoundedAugust 2, 2004
Key people
Mark Lazarus (chairman, NBCU Broadcast, Cable, Sports and News)
OwnerNBCUniversal Broadcast, Cable, Sports and News
DivisionsLifestyle Network Group
Entertainment Networks
Universal Content Productions


NBC Universal Cable Entertainment & Cable Studios

In July 2008, Universal Cable Productions was split from Universal Media Studios (UMS) and placed into NBCUniversal's NBCU Cable Entertainment division. The unit was placed under the direction of a management team consisting of 5 executives.[1]

NBCUniversal Cable

In February 2013, following the acquisition of the company by Comcast, NBCUniversal merged its two cable divisions, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment & Cable Studios and NBCUniversal Entertainment & Digital Networks and Integrated Media, into one unit.[2] By April 2013, Comcast Entertainment Studios, or E! Studios, was renamed Wilshire Studios.[3] Jeff Wachtel was transferred from his position as co-president of USA to head of content at Universal Cable Productions.[4]

With the resignation of E! President Suzanne Kolb in September 2014, NBCU Cable announced the formation of Lifestyle Network Group consisting of Bravo, Oxygen, E! Entertainment and Esquire Network. The Group was to be led by Frances Berwick, president of Bravo and Oxygen Media with Esquire Network president Adam Stotsky to take over as general manager of E![5]

On April 14, 2014, Comcast purchased Lions Gate Entertainment and Sony Pictures Entertainment's stakes in Fearnet, acquiring full ownership of the channel. Comcast plans to fold Fearnet into its existing horror- and thriller-focused network Chiller (owned by the company's NBCUniversal Cable unit), although some of Fearnet's programming may be moved to Syfy.[6]

Hammer ordered a reorganization that creates the Entertainment Networks group with Chiller, Cloo, Syfy, and USA Network by transferring two Syfy executives out and placing USA Network president Chris McCumber in charge of the group as president. Transferred Syfy executives include the executive vice president of original content, who moved to the post of executive vice president of scripted content under the chief content officer of NBCU Cable, and the president of Syfy and Chiller, who moved to president of strategy and commercial growth at NBCU Cable. Sprout was also added to Lifestyle Network.[4] On September 9, 2017, Sprout will be renamed Universal Kids while the Sprout brand would be used for its pre-school programming block.[7][8]

The group agreed to purchase a majority stake in Craftsy digital network from equity firms in May 2017.[9] Craftsy was renamed Bluprint with Craftsy.com become its a la carte classes and Craftsy Unlimited service becoming Bluprint, while adding additional lifestyle categories.[10]

In January 2019, NBCU reorganized to make way for their streaming service, Bonnie Hammer was transferred to the new post of chairman of Direct-to-Consumer and Digital Enterprises for NBCU. While the cable group was place under the NBCUniversal Broadcast, Cable, Sports and News group.[11]

NBCUniversal Cable networks

NBCUniversal Direct-to-Consumer and Digital Enterprises

NBCUniversal Entertainment & Digital Networks and Integrated Media
IndustryCable, internet
Fatesplit up
FoundedJanuary 31, 2011
DefunctFebruary 4, 2013
Key people
  • Bonnie Hammer
  • (chairwoman)
  • Maggie McLean Suniewick (president, Digital Enterprises)

NBCUniversal Direct-to-Consumer and Digital Enterprises is a division of NBCUniversal that held part of NBCU's cable portfolio plus Telemundo and its digital networks.


Entertainment & Digital Networks and Integrated Media

NBCUniversal Entertainment & Digital Networks and Integrated Media was organized in 2011 in the wake of Comcast's NBCUniversal takeover and was head by Lauren Zalaznick. Its cable channels were transferred to NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment & Cable Studios in 2013 while moving Telemundo and Mun2 to a new division, NBCUniversal Hispanic Enterprises and Content. The move also created the corporate-level position of executive vice president in charge of digital ventures for Zalaznick,[2] taking the digital networks with her.[13]

Digital Enterprises

Lauren Zalaznick was appointed to head this division as executive vice president after her previous division was split into two, with most units merged into NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment & Cable Studios and becoming NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group and the rest becoming NBCUniversal Hispanic Enterprises and Content[2] taking the digital networks and the Integrated Media group, including Women At NBCU, Hispanics At NBCU and the NBCU Digital Council with her.[13] In September 2013, Zalaznick left NBCU and executive VP Cesar Conde took over most of the division. Consumer Products, headed by Russell Hampton, and Fandango, headed by Paul Yanover, was transferred to Universal Studios under its vice chairman Jeff Shell, while the Integrated Media group, head by John Shea, was transferred to Linda Yaccarino, Chairman of Advertising Sales and Client Partnerships.[14]

Evan Shapiro, the group's former pivot president, took over the unit in the new position of executive vice president at digital enterprises under Conde, executive VP of NBCU International Enterprises.[15] NBCUniversal Digital Enterprises hired additional executives in preparation for the role out of its first direct-to-consumer services: Patricia Parra Hadden as senior vice president for marketing and Ben McLean for business affairs & development, content licensing, operations and strategy.[16]

In October 2015, Digital Enterprises announced Seeso, a comedy-oriented over-the-top subscription VOD channel, which became a private beta in December and launched in January launch.[17] However, Digital Enterprises closed down Seeso in late 2017.[18]

Maggie McLean Suniewick was named president of NBCUniversal Digital Enterprises in September 2016 from executive in charge of NBCUniversal’s Symphony initiative.[19] ON June 19, 2017, Laura Lee began as executive VP of content, strategy and operations of the enterprise to oversee recent purchased stake of Snap, Buzz and Vox Media.[20]

In a January 2019 NBCU reorganization, Digital Enterprises was placed under Bonnie Hammer as chairman of NBCU Direct-to-Consumer and Digital Enterprises.[11]


NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises

NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises
PredecessorNBCUniversal Entertainment & Digital Networks and Integrated Media
FoundedFebruary 4, 2013
OwnerNBCUniversal Film and Entertainment

NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises, formerly NBCUniversal Hispanic Enterprises and Content & NBCUniversal Hispanic Group, is the Hispanic culture outlet company and division of NBCUniversal.

NBCUniversal Hispanic Enterprises and Content was spun off from NBCUniversal Entertainment & Digital Networks and Integrated Media, taking Telemundo and Mun2 while most of the said unit was merged into NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Group. Joe Uva was appointed as chairman of the unit starting April 3, 2013.[2]

On December 24, 2014, NBCUniversal announced that it would rebrand mun2 as NBC Universo on February 1, 2015, to coincide with the network's Spanish-language broadcast of Super Bowl XLIX.[21]

NBCUniversal Hispanic Group rolled out 1,000 hours of new programming for its two channels at Upfronts in May 2015. They also launched CultureFirst, an advertising initiative that helps advertisers create a full plan to reach out to Latinos, and co-programming opportunities that allows advertisers to promote content across NBC channels.[22] NBC Deportes, a dedicated Hispanic sports production unit, was also announced by Chairman Joe Uva and Chairman Mark Lazarus of NBC Sports Group.[23]

On October 12, 2015, NBCUniversal Hispanic Group was renamed NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises with Cesar Conde taking over as chairman from Joe Uva. Conde was already chairman of NBCUniversal International Enterprises. Uva would continue to oversee the move of NBC Deportes to the NBC Sports Group facility in Stamford, CT.[24] In a January 2019 NBCU reorganization, Telemundo Enterprises was place under Jeff Shell, chairman of NBCUniversal Film and Entertainment.[11]



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