Comcast Announces Promotions and Expanded Roles In Its Programming and Content Acquisition Groups
Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), the country's leading cable, entertainment and communications company, today announced several promotions and additional responsibilities for members of its Programming Group, led by Jeff Shell and Content Acquisition Group led by Matt Bond.
Jeff Shell, President, Comcast Programming Group, announced that:
Bill Bridgen will join Comcast SportsNet reporting to Comcast SportsNet President Jon Litner. Mr. Bridgen, who previously served as Executive Vice President of Network Distribution, Comcast Programming Group, will help develop the company's growing roster of regional sports networks, which collectively serve more than 27 million viewers in leading sports markets across the country.
Alan Dannenbaum will succeed Mr. Bridgen as Executive Vice President of Network Distribution. Mr. Dannenbaum, who previously served as Senior Vice President of Content Acquisition for Comcast, will oversee the distribution team for the company's programming entities-including E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, The Golf Channel, VERSUS, G4, AZN Television, PBS KIDS Sprout, FEARnet, ExerciseTV and the regional Comcast SportsNets-which leverage Comcast's unique multiplatform expertise to deliver cable television programming and non-linear content to targeted demographics networks. He will report to Mr. Shell.
Earl Marshall has been named Vice President of Business Development, Comcast Programming Group. Mr. Marshall, who previously served as Senior Director for Comcast's Corporate Development Group, will lead a team responsible for the expansion of the company's current network properties and will work with the company's existing networks in evaluating new media opportunities. Mr. Marshall will report to Joe Donnelly, CFO, Comcast Programming Group.
"We've promoted several senior leaders to new roles where they are now positioned to help grow Comcast's Networks," said Mr. Shell. "Bill's expertise in sports, network management and affiliate relations will contribute tremendously to our growing SportsNet businesses; Alan's expertise and reputation in affiliate relations will expand distribution opportunities and Earl's business development acumen will enable us to continue to leverage new cross-platform development opportunities."
Matt Bond, Executive Vice President, Content Acquisition, announced that:
Jennifer Gaiski has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Content Acquisition. Ms. Gaiski, who most recently served as Vice President of Content Acquisition, will continue to negotiate and administer programming contracts, coordinate the company's nationwide field operations and financial commitments, as well as manage programming for Comcast's partnership properties.
Allan Singer will succeed Mr. Dannenbaum as Senior Vice President, Content Acquisition. Mr. Singer will license programming content for distribution on Comcast cable systems, including cable networks and broadcast television stations.
Matthew Strauss has been named Senior Vice President, New Media. Mr. Strauss, who most recently served as Senior Vice President of Content Acquisition and Development, will continue to manage the development and acquisition of non-linear video programming services, and also will assume responsibility for developing content for Comcast's Internet properties.
"Allan, Matt and Jennifer are exceptional leaders and respected throughout our industry," said Mr. Bond. "They are a dynamic team with unsurpassed experienced which will be invaluable as we continue to develop and deploy cross-platform features and services."
Ms. Gaiski, Mr. Singer and Mr. Strauss will all report to Matt Bond.
About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) (http://www.comcast.com) is the nation's leading provider of cable, entertainment and communications products and services. With 24.2 million cable customers, 12.1 million high-speed Internet customers, and 3.0 million voice customers, Comcast is principally involved in the development, management and operation of broadband cable systems and in the delivery of programming content.
Comcast's content networks and investments include E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, The Golf Channel, VERSUS, G4, AZN Television, PBS KIDS Sprout, TV One, Comcast SportsNet and Comcast Interactive Media, which develops and operates Comcast's Internet business. Comcast also has a majority ownership in Comcast-Spectacor, whose major holdings include the Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team, the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball team and two large multipurpose arenas in Philadelphia.