Comcast and E! Networks Name Ted Harbert President and CEO of E! Networks
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) and E! Networks today announced that Ted Harbert will become President and CEO of E! Networks effective July 12. He will succeed Mindy Herman, who announced her decision to leave her post with E! Networks earlier this year.
"Ted is an excellent choice to head E! Networks as it begins the next chapter of its growth," said Steve Burke, President of Comcast Cable. "Ted has been in the television business for his entire professional life, and he is uniquely suited to reach out to the Hollywood community and make E! even more of a must-have network for people who love entertainment. "We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the entire management team at E!, which has produced such outstanding results for the network," added Mr. Burke.
"I'm thrilled to be joining E! Networks and look forward to working with such an exceptional team to continue building E!'s momentum," said Mr. Harbert. "E! and Style have experienced remarkable growth, and this is a wonderful opportunity to take these networks to the next level."
An entertainment-industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience, Mr. Harbert most recently served as a producer at 20th Century Fox Television, where he developed more than a dozen comedies and dramas for networks over the last year. He previously was President of NBC Studios, with responsibility for the development and production of all NBC-owned programming for all dayparts, and was a television producer for DreamWorks SKG. He also held key executive positions at ABC, including serving as Chairman of ABC Entertainment.
A Magna Cum Laude graduate of Boston University, Mr. Harbert is a member of the Dean's Advisory Board of the USC School of Theater, Film and Television, a Board member of the USC School of Cinema-Television's Television Advisory Council and the Executive Committee of Boston University's School of Communications. He also serves on the Board of Governors of UCLA's Center for Communication Policy and the Board of Directors for Friends of the L.A. Free Clinic, and is a past President of the Hollywood Radio and Television Society.
He resides in the Los Angeles area with his family.
About E! Networks
Based in Los Angeles, E! Networks is the world's largest producer and distributor of entertainment news and lifestyle-related programming. The company operates E! Entertainment Television, the 24-hour network with programming dedicated to the world of entertainment; The Style Network where life gets a new look, and E! Online, located at http://www.eonline.com. E! is currently available to 85 million cable and direct broadcast satellite subscribers in the U.S. Style currently counts 36 million subscribers with commitments to reach over 40 million in 2004. E! Online reaches 6 million monthly unique U.S. adult users. Internationally, E! programming can be seen in more than 120 countries worldwide, reaching 300 million homes. In addition to its ventures for locally programmed, E! branded channels outside the U.S., the company operates the E! International Network, a 24-hour English language global entertainment channel available via satellite in Europe, Asia Pacific and the Middle East.
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) (http://www.comcast.com) is
principally involved in the development, management and operation of broadband
cable networks and the creation and delivery of programming content. The
Company is the largest cable company in the United States, serving more than
21 million cable subscribers. The Company's content businesses include:
Comcast SportsNet, E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, The Golf
Channel, Outdoor Life Network and G4techtv. The Company also has a majority
ownership in Comcast-Spectacor, whose majority holdings include the
Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team, the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball
team and two large multipurpose arenas in Philadelphia, as well as a minority
investment in TV One. Comcast Class A common stock and Class A Special common
stock trade on The NASDAQ Stock Market under the symbols CMCSA and CMCSK,