Bonnie Hammer
United States
2018

NBCUniversal

Bonnie
Hammer

Chairman, Direct-to-Consumer & Digital Enterprises

As head of NBC’s cable programming division, Hammer oversaw 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 intro-
duced 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 remonikered SciFi as Syfy — to quite the initial hubbub before it took root. When E! was added to her portfolio, Hammer ordered 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, produced PBS’ “This Old House,” “Infinity Factory” and “Zoom!” As of 2019, she is now Chairman of Direct-to-Consumer & Digital Enterprises at NBCUniversal, where she will oversee their new streaming service set to launch in early 2020.

Career

  • Universal Cable Productions
  • Lifetime
  • USA Network

Education

  • Boston University (MA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • Variety Power of Women
  • Women's Impact
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NBCUniversal Shakeup: Mark Lazarus, Jeff Shell and Bonnie Hammer Promoted, Streaming Service to Launch in 2020 (EXCLUSIVE)

NBCUniversal Shakeup: Mark Lazarus, Jeff Shell and Bonnie Hammer Promoted, Streaming Service to Launch in 2020 (EXCLUSIVE)

NBCUniversal is set to unveil a major shakeup of its top executive ranks as CEO Steve Burke reorganizes his direct reports and the company prepares for the launch of a streaming service next year, according to two people familiar with the matter.Mark Lazarus and Jeff Shell will take on expanded roles overseeing NBCUniversal's vast television operations. Longtime cable chief Bonnie Hammer will shift to oversee NBCU's streaming plans, which will be somewhat different from those burnished by many of the...

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