MORNING ROUNDUP: Jeff Zucker Approached by Private Equity Groups for Post-NBC Job
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- What’s next for departing NBC Universal CEO Jeff Zucker? During a UBS investor conference appearance on Wednesday, he once again said he hasn’t figured out his next step once he leaves when Comcast’s acquisition of a majority stake in the entertainment company closes. But the Wall Street Journal reports that he has been approached by private equity firms, an option that could see him go down a path other seasoned media executives have followed – either temporarily or for the longer term. The Journal said it is just one of various options Zucker, who has expressed interest in such areas as news, digital media, production work, sports and politics, is considering. At the UBS conference, Zucker said maybe he could work at the intersection of several of those fields. Among media veterans moving into private equity, former Time Warner boss Dick Parsons became a senior adviser to Providence Equity Partners after leaving his role and before becoming Citigroup chairman. Former Viacom and Time Warner top executive Rich Bressler has worked for Thomas H. Lee Partners since 2006.
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