Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
NBCU Expands TV Portfolio’s Comprehensive Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Efforts Under Umbrella Brand ‘NBCU LAUNCH’
Universal City, CA
NBCUniversal expands its diversity, equity and inclusion efforts with the unveiling of “NBCU LAUNCH,” an umbrella brand that will house comprehensive DEI efforts across the company’s television portfolio.
The brand’s purview includes the entertainment networks in the NBCU Television and Streaming portfolio – NBC, Bravo, E!, Oxygen, SYFY, Universal Kids, USA and Peacock – as well as Universal Studio Group, which comprises Universal Television, Universal Content Productions (UCP), Universal International Studios and Universal Television Alternative Studio.
Led by Jeanne Mau, Senior Vice President, TV Programming Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, NBCU LAUNCH supports the company’s goal to produce authentic and compelling content. It builds on the company’s more than 20-year legacy of successful inclusion efforts in television, previously under the banner of NBC’s Talent Infusion Programs (TIPS).
At this moment in our culture where there is an abundance of diverse talent with amazing stories to tell, our hope is that the progress we make with NBCU LAUNCH will create an unending ripple effect in our industry.
The new brand’s focus is three-fold: developing the next generation of diverse content creators through talent development programs, partnering with internal creative executives and producers to hire diverse talent in meaningful positions in front of and behind the camera across the company’s extensive breadth of programming, and strengthening the company’s meaningful partnerships with key advocacy groups and organizations.
“We united the network and studio DEI efforts to accelerate our impact,” said Pearlena Igbokwe, Universal Studio Group Chairman and Susan Rovner, Entertainment Content Chairman. “Our new joint approach will create a clearer and more seamless pathway for meaningful and lasting change at our company, and hopefully, well beyond.”
"As we scale our efforts, we have a sizeable opportunity to positively impact storytelling now and in the decades to come,” said Mau. “At this moment in our culture where there is an abundance of diverse talent with amazing stories to tell, our hope is that the progress we make with NBCU LAUNCH will create an unending ripple effect in our industry.”
With over two decades of experience in successfully running talent development programs for television, the company is refreshing its slate of offerings with more initiatives to be developed. The current programs include:
Working with Mau as part of the core NBCU LAUNCH team are Tara Halloran, Vice President; Robert Baltazar, Senior Director; Michael Pogarian, Manager; Maggie Herman, Coordinator; Ivy Penn, Coordinator; and Jacqueline Jasso, Coordinator to Mau.