NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment chief Bonnie Hammer has penned a forceful commentary on the issue of how aging affects women in top executive roles.Hammer has long been one of the entertainment industry's highest-ranking female executives. In a commentary published this week in Fortune magazine, Hammer takes aim at what she sees as the sexist conventional wisdom for women of a certain age in the corporate world. Hammer writes that recently turning 65 prompted her to reflect on her professional standing."To put...
One of TV’s most energetic executives, Bonnie Hammer makes overseeing multiple networks look effortless. USA, Syfy, E! Entertainment, Bravo, Oxygen, Style, Sprout, TV One, Chiller, Cloo, and Universal HD are all under her purview, as are Universal Cable Productions and Wilshire Studios. She never stops seeking innovative ways to refine and build upon the networks’ individual brands, giving them distinctive voices in a competitive marketplace.
Hammer held many positions within the company over the years. While president of USA Network and SciFi Channel (now Syfy), she introduced original series including “Monk,” “Psych” and “Burn Notice,” leading to USA’s six-year run as TV’s top-rated cable network. She re-branded SciFi as Syfy, expanding the definition of science-fiction with unscripted fare like “Ghost Hunters,” and “Face Off” and scripted series like “Warehouse 13” and “Defiance.” And when E! was added to her portfolio, Hammer oversaw a total rebrand of the network and website, creating a go-to source for pop culture news.
Hammer holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s degree in media and new technology from Boston University. Her first experience in cable television was as an original programming executive at Lifetime. Prior to that, Hammer executive produced “Good Day!” for WCVB in Boston, and produced the series “This Old House,” “Infinity Factory” and “Zoom!” for PBS.