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NBCUniversal to Shut Down Olympic Channel Later This Year

NBCUniversal is shutting down another sports cable channel. The company said Friday it will shut down its Olympic Channel on Sept. 30. The company had previously shut down its NBCSN sports network at the end of last year. A spokesperson for NBC Sports says the company will figure out where the Olympic Channel’s sports content […]

Twitter Taps NBCUniversal’s Maggie McLean Suniewick as VP Partnerships

Twitter has hired NBCUniversal executive Maggie McLean Suniewick for the newly created role of vp partnerships, the company said on Thursday. Suniewick was most recently the president of distribution and business development at NBCU, where she negotiated deals with companies like Roku, Amazon, Google, Apple, Snap and Twitter. Reporting up to Twitter CFO Ned Segal, […]

Peacock Tops $1B in Upfront Ad Revenue, Doubling Growth

NBCUniversal says its 2022 upfront was “record-breaking,” and the “highest grossing upfront since Comcast’s acquisition of NBCUniversal” over a decade ago, though it remained mum on its total haul. In 2021, the company saw upfront ad commitments of more than $7 billion, suggesting that this year’s results are higher than that. One key area where […]

NBCUniversal Ups Unscripted Executive Benny Reuven (Exclusive)

NBCUniversal is promoting one of its unscripted executives. Benny Reuven has been upped to senior vp entertainment unscripted content at NBCU Television and Streaming. The former Oxygen executive reports to Stephanie Steele, senior vp entertainment unscripted production and development. In his new post, Reuven will take on oversight of development for select documentary and lifestyle […]

Universal Releases ‘Nope’ Featurette Showcasing Diverse Below-the-Line Crew

With still a month to go before the July 22 release of Jordan Peele’s Nope, every new clip is an opportunity to overanalyze for hints about the auteur’s cryptic upcoming feature. But the new behind-the-scenes featurette released by Universal on Wednesday doesn’t require much pause-and-rewind to grasp the point. The two-and-a-half-minute video features members of […]

NBCUniversal Ad Sales Chief Linda Yaccarino to Co-Host Podcast for iHeartMedia

NBCUniversal ad sales and partnerships chairman Linda Yaccarino is adding another job to her plate: Podcast host. The veteran media executive will co-host an interview podcast called Sunday Supper alongside Laura Correnti, a partner at the full service marketing firm Giant Spoon. “With warmth, sweetness, and a healthy dose of spice, this podcast will invite […]

Comcast CFO: Theatrical Window “Flexibility” Makes Film Business “More Valuable”

Comcast has a high bar when it considers possible acquisitions or mergers, especially when they would take the conglomerate’s NBCUniversal or other businesses into new areas, Comcast CFO Michael Cavanagh told an investor conference on Tuesday. Asked about potential NBCU deal partners outside its traditional entertainment businesses, a reference to recent reports that the Comcast […]

Upfront Dispatches: Reboots, Snark and Streaming Punctuate NBCUniversal Kickoff

It’s 10:37 a.m. on a Monday, and Kelly Clarkson is belting a cover of Whitney Houston’s “Queen of the Night” for an auditorium full of (mostly unmasked) executives. Money must be on the table. The upfront presentations have indeed returned to Manhattan, three solid years after media companies last held their marathon dog-and-pony show in […]

NBCUniversal Execs Take Aim at Netflix’s Advertising Pivot in Upfront Pitch

Executives from NBCUniversal were strutting like, well, peacocks on stage at Radio City Music Hall Monday morning. Kicking off the TV industry’s first in-person upfront week since 2019, presenters did not hold back in barbing their competition, particularly Netflix (which was never mentioned by name), which recently announced plans to launch an advertising-supported tier later […]

NBCUniversal, Film London and London’s Mayor Launch Inclusive Movie Industry Training Partnership

Young Londoners from underrepresented communities will work in various creative disciplines behind the camera on Universal U.K. productions including Wicked and Fast X, through a new partnership between NBCUniversal, Film London and London’s Mayor’s office. The partnership effectively combines NBCU’s Below-the-Line Traineeship program, which launched in 2021 to provide on and off-the-job training and mentorship; and Film London’s Equal Access Network […]

Telemundo Bets on World Cup to Kick Off Streaming Push

Telemundo is no stranger to streaming video. It’s been in the space for a decade, often as a producer of content for other services. This year, however, the NBCUniversal-owned Spanish-language media company is planning a renewed push into streaming, with a slate of content and new streaming brands that it will fully control. Those launches […]

NBCUniversal Appoints DEI Heads for Parks and Advertising Divisions (Exclusive)

NBCUniversal has put a pair of its executives in charge of diversity, equity and inclusion in two key divisions. Universal Parks and Resorts executive vice president Xiomara Wiley is adding chief diversity officer as a title, while Peter Blacker, who will continue to serve as executive vice president of agency partnerships, is taking on the […]