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How NBCU's Bonnie Hammer Plans to Dominate Cable With USA, Syfy and Bravo humming, next task is to fix Oxygen

Bonnie Hammer | Photo: Mary Rozzi In Bonnie Hammer’s well-appointed office there is a large chunk of crystal-flecked granite, hewn into the rough shape of a heart, in a shallow square…

April 20, 2014, 9:54 PM EDT

Inside Bonnie Hammer's World From Esquire to Oxygen, NBCU's cable chief oversees 15 diverse networks

NBC Cable Entertainment chairman Bonnie Hammer's portfolio spans 15 networks of varying sizes and descriptions, all serving (hopefully) a different viewership. Hammer is famous for crafting programming slates with strong…

April 20, 2014, 9:52 PM EDT

Marjorie Kaplan Is Juggling 2 Discovery Networks Through the Upfront and Beyond Her plans for TLC and Animal Planet

Specs Who Marjorie Kaplan New gig Group president, TLC and Animal Planet Old gig Group president, Animal Planet, Science Channel and Velocity Age 52 So TLC is a huge business. What’s it like handling that…

April 20, 2014, 9:47 PM EDT

Cops Aren't There to Check Your Balls for You, Cancer PSA Reminds Guys Nor will a mechanic find lumps on your lugnuts

In every sense, testicular care is a delicate matter. So while it can be a bit weird and uncomfortable to feel yourself up every so often, nonprofit Testicular Cancer Canada…

April 14, 2014, 7:06 PM EDT

H2, History’s Sister Network, Is Doubling Down on New Shows Having lots of success in counterprogramming

In his midtown office last week at A+E Networks, Paul Cabana managed to sound both completely reasonable and incredibly enthusiastic, as though he were simply describing a happy accident that…

April 13, 2014, 9:14 PM EDT

Here Is the Game of Thrones Theme Screamed by Goats Also a sheep

It's always hard to find the best goat scream for the occasion (Doritos devoted a lot of effort to the task). But sometimes, with what sounds like a little bit…

April 10, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

Hulu’s Head of Development Exits Charlotte Koh leaves as NewFronts presentation nears

Hulu’s head of original programming development, Charlotte Koh, is leaving the company. The news was first reported by VideoInk. No details around the departure were provided by Hulu, and the exit…

April 9, 2014, 6:06 PM EDT

Oxygen Rebranding and Bravo Boosts Scripted at Dual Upfront Presentation NBCU women's nets roar at presser

Bravo has not one but two scripted series green-lit and ready to go this coming season, and Oxygen is going through a full-blown rebrand starting by the end of the…

April 8, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

G.I. Joe-Themed Episode of Community Is Packed With Retro Awesomeness Fake ads, fake PSA, real entertainment

NBC's Community regularly pays tribute to its characters' pop culture obsessions, but it still came out of left field when the last episode focused on protagonist Jeff's love of G.I.…

April 8, 2014, 12:50 AM EDT

NBCU’s Steve Burke Declares Victory Asks to be judged on 18-49 performance, suggests better measurement

“We don’t want you to think that we were trying to hide or conceal anything but we didn’t want to talk about what we were doing. [We wanted] instead [to]…

April 7, 2014, 5:32 PM EDT

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