NBCU consolidated all of its English-language linear networks into one group, overseen by Berwick on the business side. Berwick will have operational oversight of all networks and dayparts and be responsible for commissioning and acquiring content to be optimized across these platforms. Additionally, Berwick’s team will implement windowing and scheduling strategies across the NBC broadcast network and the cable entertainment networks.
Jeff Bader, NBC Entertainment president of program planning, strategy and research, has been named chief research officer at NBCUniversal. He has oversight across NBCU’s television portfolio and of a new corporate research and strategy group. That group will be run by Lisa Heimann, who was named executive VP, corporate research and strategy, and reports to Bader.
NBCUniversal Broadcasting ChairmanTed Harbert is leaving the company and his duties are being divvied up. With his departure, NBC Sports chief Mark Lazarus will expand duties and oversee the O&Os and affiliate relations, although those units will continued to be run by Valari Staab and Jean Dietze, respectively. NBCU execs George Cheeks and Paul Telegdy will assume Harbert’s oversight of NBC’s first-run syndication business, which is headed by Ed Swindler.
Steve Kern follows program planning president Jeff Bader, who switched networks in August.
Bader has been named president of program planning, strategy and research, reporting to Bob Greenblatt.