Bonnie Hammer
United States
2019

NBCUniversal

Bonnie
Hammer

Chairman, Content Studios

The longtime cable chief took charge of NBCU’s streaming plans in early 2019, building the aptly named Peacock’s programming philosophy before handing over the reins to Comcast exec Matt Strauss later in the year and instead taking on oversight of all broadcast and cable studio operations. As head of NBC’s cable programming, Hammer oversaw 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, she introduced original series “Monk,” “Psych” and “Burn Notice,” among others, leading to USA’s six-year run as TV’s top-rated cable network. In 2009, she rebranded SciFi as Syfy — to the initial consternation of many before it stuck — and E! Entertainment/E! Online. 

Career

  • Universal Content Productions
  • Lifetime
  • USA Network

Education

  • Boston University (MA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 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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