Bonnie Hammer, chairman of NBCUniversal Cable and Entertainment Studios, was honored Wednesday night at the Alliance for Children's Rights' 26th annual dinner.The organization, which protects the rights of abused and neglected youth, presented Hammer with the National Champion for Children award for her work caring for those living in poverty and foster care. During her acceptance speech, the NBCU executive spoke about her personal connection to the cause, as she found out at 12 years old her older sister had...
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.