NBCUniversal expects to hire 330 fulltime, year-round production workers in Albuquerque over the next 10 years, with a goal of pumping $500 million in direct production spending into the local economy as it begins the redevelopment there of a state-of-the-art film and television studio.
A slew of major Hollywood studios with business in the state finally spoke up about how the “highly restrictive legislation” may require them to reevaluate taking productions there. Following similar announcements by Netflix, Disney and WarnerMedia were Viacom, CBS, Sony, AMC and NBCUniversal.
The likes of NBC, NBC Sports, Telemundo, USA Network, Bravo, E! and CNBC Prime will give viewers the chance to buy products by holding their mobile phones to the screen during “on-air shoppable moments.”
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.
Comcast also reported Chairman-CEO Brian Roberts made $35 million in 2018, up from $32.5 million a year earlier.
Comcast beat Wall Street forecasts for first-quarter earnings Thursday, coming in at 77 cents a share, well ahead of the consensus estimate of 68 cents. Revenue rose 18% to $26.9 billion, but fell short of forecasts for $27.3 billion, largely due to comparisons with a 2018 quarter that included the Winter Olympics and the Super Bowl.
In his newly created post, he will oversee agency and client relationships in NBCU’s sales offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Detroit and Atlanta.
NBCUniversal has inked a deal with LA 2028 to allow for coordinated sponsorship sales opportunities for four Olympics cycles, culminating in the 2028 Games in Los Angeles. As part of the deal, NBCU must help the non-profit LA 2028 along its goal of raising $2.5 billion in sponsorship dollars to help pay for the games in California.
Liberty Puerto Rico and NBCUniversal Media said they reached an agreement that ends a weekend blackout of the local Telemundo station and 13 cable channels. The two companies said they were able to reach “a reasonable commercial agreement” that will return the NBCU content to Liberty customers on the island.