Bonnie Hammer was named Chairman, NBCUniversal Content Studios, in 2019. In this role, she helms the company’s award-winning powerhouse television studios – Universal Television, Universal Content Productions (UCP) and NBCUniversal International Studios.
Previously, Hammer was Chairman, Direct-to-Consumer and Digital Enterprises, where she built the brand identity and greenlit the initial content slate for Peacock, NBCU’s upcoming streaming service. She moved to Peacock after serving as Chairman, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, where she had executive oversight of leading cable brands USA Network, SYFY, Bravo, Oxygen, E! Entertainment and Universal Kids.
Under Hammer's leadership, these cable networks experienced tremendous growth domestically and internationally, in addition to receiving top awards and critical acclaim. USA was the most-watched entertainment cable channel for record-setting 13 consecutive years; SYFY development into a global brand, extending its reach to 116 countries worldwide; and Bravo became a top 7 cable entertainment network in 2017 for the first time. Hammer also oversaw two production studios: UCP, focusing on premium scripted content, and Wilshire Studios, specializing in unscripted docu-style programming.
Hammer has been named the 2019 “Executive of the Year” by The Hollywood Reporter. She is also consistently included on The Hollywood Reporter’s “Power 100” list and was named “Most Powerful Woman in Entertainment” by the publication. Hammer is regularly included on Fortune’s “50 Most Powerful Women” list, Forbes’ list of “The World's 100 Most Powerful Women” and Vanity Fair's annual “New Establishment” list.
Throughout her career, Hammer has demonstrated and been recognized for her strong commitment to social issues. In October 2017, she reinvented and relaunched her award-winning pro-social campaign Erase the Hate, which won an Emmy Award for its groundbreaking documentaries and specials, community programs and educational materials.
In 2008, Hammer received the Anti-Defamation League’s Entertainment Industry Award; she has since chaired ADL’s National Entertainment Advisory Council. For her professional contributions, Hammer has been honored by UJA Federation of New York with the group’s Steven J. Ross Humanitarian Award, the Matrix Award from New York Women in Communications, and the prestigious Crystal+Lucy Award from Women in Film. She was also inducted into Broadcasting & Cable's Hall of Fame.
Hammer serves on the Board of Directors of eBay, AFI and IAC/InteractiveCorp. She also sits on the Board of Governors for the MPTF Foundation and serves on the strategic planning committee for Boston University’s College of Communication.
As a photographer, Hammer has had her work displayed in several galleries and in leading publications such as Time magazine and The Boston Globe.
Hammer holds a bachelor's degree in communications and a master’s degree in media and new technology from Boston University. She also received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters upon delivering the commencement address to Boston University’s graduating class of 2017.