Steve Burke
United States



Former Comcast cabler Burke is bucking the prevailing media trend by taking NBCU into the streaming wars with an ad-supported platform — and significantly shuffling his senior management team to prepare for the 2020 launch of its Peacock service. Since dividing the studio’s film and TV assets along coastal lines back in January — with Mark Lazarus handling broadcast, cable, sports and news in NYC and Jeff Shell taking film and entertainment in Universal City — he’s moved longtime cable exec Bonnie Hammer from recently assigned overall Peacock preps to broadcast and cable and instead brought in Comcast vet Matt Strauss to steer the streamer. The reorganization dramatically consolidates Burke’s direct reports, eight years after he took the helm of NBCU in January 2011. He is will transition into the role of NBCUniversal chairman at the start of 2020 and depart the company later in August, with Shell replacing him as CEO.


  • The Walt Disney Company
  • Comcast Corporation
  • NBCUniversal


  • Harvard University (MA, USA)
  • Colgate University (NY, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree


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NBCUniversal's Steve Burke on Streaming Wars: 'This Is a Moment in Time'

NBCUniversal's Steve Burke on Streaming Wars: 'This Is a Moment in Time'

NBCUniversal chief Steve Burke predicts that things are going to get even more intense among the media and tech giants launching streaming platforms before the marketplace inevitably settles down.Burke, speaking Thursday morning on Comcast's third quarter earnings call, said NBCUniversal is committed to its strategy of launching into the streaming arena with the advertising-supported Peacock platform in April. Unlike Disney and AT&T, NBCUniversal is not taking dramatic steps to hold back its movie and TV productions from third-party sales in...


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