Mark Lazarus is Chairman, NBCUniversal Broadcast, Cable, Sports and News. He was promoted to this position in January 2019, and is responsible for most of the company’s East Coast-based content businesses, including the Entertainment and Lifestyle Group, NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC. In addition, he oversees NBC Sports Group (since May 2011), NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations and NBC Affiliate Relations (since September 2016). He reports to Steve Burke, CEO, NBCUniversal.
Under Lazarus’ leadership, the company has forged new deals with the Olympics, NFL, NASCAR, the Premier League and the NHL, among many other partnerships. NBC’s Sunday Night Football is on pace to finish as primetime’s number one show for an unprecedented eight consecutive years.
In addition to NBC’s news networks, Lazarus oversees the Entertainment and Lifestyle Group, which includes USA Network, the most-watched cable entertainment network for 12 consecutive years, as well as Bravo Media, E! Entertainment, Oxygen Media, SYFY, and Universal Kids.
Lazarus’ oversight of NBC Sports Group consists of NBC Sports, NBC Olympics, NBCSN, Golf Channel, Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, NBC Sports Regional Networks, NBC Sports Radio, NBC Sports Digital, and two transactional sports businesses, GolfNow and SportsEngine. NBC Broadcasting includes the NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations (11 NBC local television stations), Affiliate Relations and Affiliate Marketing, as well as Network Operations and Broadcast Standards.
Most recently, in 2018, NBC Sports Group helped NBC finish as the most-watched primetime network for the first time in 16 years, as it presented Super Bowl LII and the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. In the 22-day stretch from Super Bowl Sunday through the PyeongChang Olympics Closing Ceremony, more than 233 million Americans tuned in to the networks of NBCUniversal. Super Bowl LII was easily the most-watched show of 2018 with an average of 118.2 million viewers across all platforms. The PyeongChang Olympics ranks as the most-dominant Winter Games ever, with NBC’s primetime viewership topping by 82% the combined average of ABC, CBS and FOX.
Prior to joining NBCUniversal, Lazarus was President of Media and Marketing at CSE, and previously served as President of Turner Entertainment Group from 2003-08.
At Turner Entertainment Group, he oversaw all aspects of Turner Entertainment Networks, which included Turner Sports, TBS, Turner Network Television (TNT), Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and truTV; as well as The Turner Animation, Young Adults & Kids Media unit, including Cartoon Network, Cartoon Network Studios, Adult Swim and Boomerang. Previously, he served as President of Turner Sports from 1999 to 2003.
A graduate of Vanderbilt University, Lazarus is on the Board of Governors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and serves on the Board of Directors for the East Lake Foundation.