Steve Burke


Comcast to power NBCU’s streamer with acquisitions

NBCUniversal’s CEO Steve Burke has revealed further details around its forthcoming streamer, which will launch in April 2020 and be predominantly powered by acquired programming. Last month, NBCU said the yet-to-launch service would become home to the US version of The Office (pictured) in America, after it grappled rights back from Netflix following an auction […]

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 […]

Burke: NBCU ‘skeptical’ of OTT services

NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke has expressed skepticism over the long-term impact of over-the-top channels services such as Sling TV, Hulu Live and YouTube TV. While noting that Comcast-owned NBCU had signed “very favourable” deals with most of the US’s a la carte channels providers, he claimed these were “not all that material” to the entertainment […]

Comcast eyes international growth but not ITV

NBCUniversal has highlighted the opportunity to grow its international business to put it on more of an equal footing with its big US media rivals, but doesn’t plan to buy UK broadcaster ITV. Speaking at the RTS London Conference – Full Stream Ahead this morning, NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke (pictured) praised the company’s UK production […]

MacLellan upped in NBCU restructure

NBCUniversal has given Kevin MacLellan has taken on an expanded role at is international business as part of a restructure following the exit of Ted Harbert. Harbert, a former E! boss, said last week he was leaving his role as president of broadcasting at NBCU. He had been in the role since the Comcast-NBCU merger […]

Comcast completes $3.8bn DreamWorks takeover

Comcast is set to go head-to-head with Disney in the kids and family sector after NBCUniversal completed its US$3.8billion takeover of DreamWorks Animation. The deal hands entertainment wing NBCU franchises such as Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon, online assets in the shape of multichannel operator AwesomenessTV, and a sprawling toon-focused […]

Comcast buying $3.8bn DreamWorks Animation

Comcast’s NBCUniversal is buying DreamWorks Animation, in a deal valuing the toon studio around US$3.8 billion. A deal had been expected after news of advanced talks broke earlier this week. Family-focused DreamWorks will become part of Comcast’s entertainment arm, NBCU, following the agreement, which will significantly bolster Comcast in its bid to rival The Walt […]

NBCU’s Uva steps aside for Conde

NBCUniversal has promoted Cesar Conde to the new role overseeing the company’s Spanish-language business, with former incumbent Joe Uva stepping aside. Conde (left) has been named chairman of NBCU International Group and NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises, having been executive VP of NBCU’s domestic US operations since October 2013. He will now oversee channels such as Telemundo, […]

NBCU seeks to match rivals’ int’l revenues

NBCUniversal will seek to bring its domestic to international revenue split in line with rival US media giants 21st Century Fox and The Walt Disney Company in the next decade. NBCU CEO and senior executive VP of parent Comcast Steve Burke said NBCU made around 20% of its revenues from the international market, which was […]

Conde leaves Univision for NBCU

Cesar Conde has resigned as president of the Networks division of US Hispanic broadcaster Univision and taken a role at NBCUniversal, which owns rival Telemundo. Conde has been instrumental in launching English-language services at Univision, which is predominantly a Spanish-language service. There is now an English-language news service run in conjunction with ABC, Fusion, and […]