Sleuth, Universal HD, Chiller making trip east

Three 24/7 cable networks owned by NBC Universal — Sleuth, Universal HD and Chiller — are picking up stakes and moving from Los Angeles to New York.

The three channels operate under the umbrella of the emerging-networks division, which NBC U placed under Bonnie Hammer four months ago when she renewed her contract and took on a new title as prexy of cable entertainment and cable studios. Hammer is based in Gotham, although she spends at least part of most months in L.A.

When the cross-country shift is completed, Sleuth and Universal HD will report to the USA Network and Chiller to the Sci Fi Channel.

There are nine people who work in emerging networks, and those who can’t make the journey to New York will get offered jobs in other NBC Universal divisions, said a spokesman for the company.

NBC U will also keep Dan Harrison, senior VP of emerging networks, in Los Angeles to take charge of NBC Universal’s mobile, digital platforms, led by NBC 2 Go, and of new business development for the Universal TV Group. Harrison will continue to report to Jeff Gaspin, prexy- chief operating officer of the group.

Hammer has maintained dual roles as president of USA and of Sci Fi since May 2004, and, in addition to emerging networks, she recently took on the cable-studios operation, which is now called Universal Cable Prods. Earlier this week, Universal Cable Prods. created a five-person management team under Hammer to oversee production for cable TV and for ancillary media.

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