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Posts Tagged ‘Lauren Zalaznick’

The P.M. Ticker: Zalaznick, Wagner, Faber

  • Lauren Zalaznick is leaving NBCUniversal after 12 years with the network. Since February, Zalaznick has been EVP of NBCU Digital. Before that she was Chairman of Entertainment & Digital Networks overseeing the Bravo, Oxygen, and Telemundo networks, among others.

  • MSNBC host Alex Wagner is engaged to former White House chef Sam Kass, who now heads up Let’s Move, the First Lady’s child obesity initiative. In August, the Washington Post reported the couple had been dating for about a year.

  • David Faber is celebrating 20 years with CNBC. On “Squawk on the Street” this morning, the show produced a montage of some of Faber’s biggest breaking stories and interviews.

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Why Was MSNBC President Phil Griffin Not Included in the Comcast/NBCU Executive Memo?

After Comcast announced its new senior executive structure for NBC Universal, some inside NBC News and MSNBC have been asking why MSNBC president Phil Griffin wasn’t mentioned. Does Comcast plan to keep him on board once the deal is complete?

Of course, the company says. “Phil’s done a great job at MSNBC and he’ll continue to be President after the close,” a Comcast spokesperson tells TVNewser.

So what happened?

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Jeff Zucker, Nancy Pelosi at Women@NBCU’s Power of the Purse Breakfast

Jeff Zucker and Nancy PelosiJeff Zucker may be leaving his post as NBC Universal President and CEO once the company is acquired by Comcast, but he’s definitely not in hiding.

Zucker was a featured guest at Women@NBCU’s annual ‘Power of the Purse Breakfast’ this morning at Cipriani’s on 42nd Street in New York. Zucker hosted the keynote discussion with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

In introducing her boss, Lauren Zalaznick, president of NBCU’s Women & Lifestyle Entertainment Networks, said Zucker was the perfect emcee because “here and in the boardroom, he’s certain to ask the tough questions and demand tough answers.”

Well, yes and no.

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One TV News Executive’s Second Act

Hsia_5.20.jpgTimes are tough for many in TV news-land. ABC and CBS News have gone through painful layoffs, and even the cable networks have felt the sting of a depressed advertising market. But take note kids, even when life gives you lemons, you can still find a way to make lemonade.

Take the example of Lisa Hsia, Bravo’s senior VP of digital media. At today’s mediabistro Circus, Hsia talked about how what put her on a new media path.

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Vieira, Bartiromo, Spelling Form Marketing Agency

vieira_1-12.jpgAgencySpy writes about the announcement today that NBCU is forming a marketing agency made up of 26 women to offer “marketing and general business advice” to NBCU and its clients on “how to reach women.” Meredith Vieira, Maria Bartiromo and Tori Spelling are some of the names making up the group.

The panel of women is expected to meet several times a year, and “blog, write and appear on-air” for the company’s properties. NBCU president of Women & Lifestyle Networks, Lauren Zalaznick told AdAge, “Journalists and other members of the group will be able to recuse themselves as necessary to avoid conflicts.”

A group of media members, including many active journalists, advising clients on marketing and business decisions? Sounds a bit like Abrams Research to us.

When reached for comment today, Dan Abrams told TVNewser he didn’t know about the initiative, but that “it sure sounds like a smart idea.”