Bonnie Hammer
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Chairman, Cable Entertainment

As head of NBC’s cable programming division, Hammer oversees a channels including USA, Syfy, E! Entertainment, Bravo and Oxygen, as well as Universal Cable Productions and Wilshire Studios. While president of USA Network and then named SciFi Channel, Hammer introduced original series “Monk,” “Psych” and “Burn Notice,” among others, leading to USA’s six-year run as TV’s top-rated cable network. She also rebranded SciFi as Syfy to quite the initial hubbub before it took root. When E! was added to her portfolio, Hammer instituted a rebrand of the network and its website, E! Online, creating a go-to destination for pop-culture news. She started out in cable in original programming at Lifetime, and before that she produced “This Old House,” “Infinity Factory” and “Zoom!” for PBS.


  • Universal Cable Productions
  • Lifetime
  • USA Network


  • Boston University (MA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • Variety Power of Women
  • Women's Impact


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NBCUniversal's Bonnie Hammer: 'It's Time To Rewrite the Script on Aging'

NBCUniversal's Bonnie Hammer: 'It's Time To Rewrite the Script on Aging'

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...


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