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
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What’s Next for NBCUniversal After Steve Burke Passes the Torch?

What’s Next for NBCUniversal After Steve Burke Passes the Torch?

Steve Burke arrived at Comcast in June 1998, just as the Philadelphia-based cable giant was signaling its intention to become a major player in entertainment.When he steps down as CEO of NBCUniversal next year, he will leave the parent company — and his successor, NBCUniversal Filmed Entertainment chief Jeff Shell — with a prosperous movie studio, a revived broadcast network, an enlarged theme park division and a clutch of cable networks in the throes of transition.Burke’s track record, from a...


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