Bonnie Hammer
Courtesy of NBCUniversal
United States
2021

NBCUniversal

Bonnie
Hammer

Vice Chairman

Hammer shifted from head of NBCUniversal’s television production operations to the vice chairman role in September 2020 after her predecessor Ron Meyer was sidelined by a sex scandal. She’s worked with CEO Jeff Shell and the team to plot the course for Peacock, the company’s fledgling streaming platform, and the restructuring that NBCU has undertaken to support the company’s new direct-to-consumer focus. Hammer has also sought to build on her longstanding work to foster diversity and inclusion and gender equity. She ranks among the very few women in Hollywood to maintain a senior management post into her 70s. Moreover, she is the rare female leader who has been afforded the graceful transition from decades in the operational trenches to the advisory focus of a vice chairman post.

Career

  • Universal Content Productions
  • Lifetime
  • USA Network

Education

  • Boston University (MA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
  • Variety Power of Women
  • Women's Impact

Philanthropy

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Bonnie Hammer Saluted as Innovator and Trailblazer With Variety's TV Legacy Award

Bonnie Hammer Saluted as Innovator and Trailblazer With Variety's TV Legacy Award

Bonnie Hammer got her earliest lessons in leadership while pacing around a talk show set at WCVB-TV Boston in the early 1980s. The executive, who is now vice chairman of NBCUniversal, was promoted to produce the station’s “Good Day” morning show six months after she joined WCVB as a coordinating producer. It was her first big move up the ladder in the TV business. It would not be her last.“Doing morning talk was an interesting education,” Hammer recalls. “We could...

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