In the split of cable oversight between NBCUniversal mavens Bonnie Hammer and Lauren Zalaznick, NBCU’s longtime cable business affairs head Beth Roberts is going with Hammer with expanded responsibilities at Universal Cable Prods. Roberts has been named to the newly created position of COO of the cable studio as well as EVP, Business Affairs, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment and Cable Studios, reporting to the division’s chairman Hammer. In her previous role as EVP, Business Affairs, Cable Entertainment and UCP, Roberts oversaw the Business Affairs divisions of USA, Syfy, Bravo, Oxygen and UCP. Now she is dropping Bravo and Oxygen, which are under the purview of Zalaznick, and adding several new cable networks that Hammer took over after the Comcast-NBCU merger in addition to USA and Syfy, including E! Entertainment, G4, Sleuth, Chiller and Universal HD as well as E! production studios. UCP will continue to be headed by a four-person management team reporting to Hammer that includes Roberts; Mark Stern, Co-Head, Original Content; Jeff Wachtel, Co-Head, Original Content; and Jerry DiCanio, Head of Production.
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