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NBCU preps streamer available to Comcast, Sky customers

NBCUniversal is preparing to join the streaming ranks next year, with a platform that will also be accessible to Sky subscribers outside the US. The platform is to be made available to subscribers of NBCUniversal parent group Comcast, as well as European pay-TV operator Sky, which was acquired last year. It is to launch in […]

NBCU finds Edelstein replacement

Jeff Wachtel is relocating from LA to London to become the replacement for Michael Edelstein at NBCUniversal International Studios (NBCUIS). Currently NBCU Cable Entertainment’s chief content officer, Wachtel (pictured) will begin his new role as president of NBCUIS in January before moving to London in the summer of 2018. He will be in charge of […]

McCumber rises as NBCU rejigs entertainment

NBCUniversal is shaking up its entertainment networks division, with USA Networks president Chris McCumber heading up a new-look unit. McCumber will be president of NBCU Entertainment Networks, a group comprising USA, Syfy, Chiller and Cloo. Syfy president Dave Howe is being moved to a new post as president, strategy and commercial growth at NBCU Cable […]

NBCU pins down WWE wrestling shows

NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment has scored a deal to keep the lucrative WWE wrestling programmes on its channels. This will keep flagship shows Monday Night Raw and Friday Night Smackdown on USA Network and Syfy, respectively, as part of a multi-year deal. The shows are the longest-running episodic entertainment series on US cable and have a […]

NBCU acquires full ownership of Sprout

NBCUniversal has acquired the shares in US preschool channel Sprout it didn’t already own to make it the sole owner of the cable net. NBCU Cable Entertainment has acquired the stakes from public broadcaster PBS and HIT Television Ventures, an Apax Partners-operated fund. The network was launched in 2005 as a joint venture of NBCU, […]

Mark Stern out as NBCU rejigs Syfy

NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment has made its latest round of executive changes, handing a USA Networks boss control of Syfy and saying goodbye to Mark Stern as a result. Bill McGoldrick will helm the network as executive VP, original content, effective immediately. The move sees Stern, currently Syfy president, original programming and co-head, original content at […]