NBCUniversal Promotes Movie Chief Donna Langley


The sport of musical chairs continues at NBCUniversal.

Donna Langley, former chairman of Common Filmed Leisure Group, has been promoted to go up all the firm’s leisure divisions, together with movie and TV.

The transfer comes as Susan Rovner, chairman of leisure content material for NBCUniversal’s tv and streaming division, exits the corporate.

“Donna has been shaping the cultural dialog and creating the framework for what a modern-day studio can accomplish via daring content material, impactful advertising and enterprise mannequin innovation,” Mike Cavanagh, president of Comcast, wrote in an inner memo obtained by Adweek. “She is going to leverage her longstanding relationships with the artistic group and skill to associate with essentially the most prolific storytellers in our enterprise to unlock a seamless cross-portfolio artistic technique together with programming, distribution and advertising throughout movie, tv and streaming.”

Rovner, who “determined to step down” in accordance with Cavanagh’s memo, had been at NBCUniversal since October 2020, overseeing NBC hits similar to Night time Court docket and breakout Peacock exhibits Poker Face, Bupkis and The Traitors. She additionally had a major function presenting at NBCU’s 2023 upfront week occasion.

This is likely one of the first main strikes for Cavanagh since taking on as head of NBCUniversal from former CEO Jeff Shell, who was fired after a sexual harassment investigation.

Cavanagh will proceed to guide NBCU as president of Comcast, opting to not identify a brand new CEO. As a substitute, management might be cut up up amongst 4 operational heads, together with Langley, Mark Lazarus, Cesar Conde and Mark Woodbury.

Lazarus, chairman of TV and streaming, will run NBCUniversal Media Group, and also will completely take over the advert gross sales division. Per Cavanagh’s memo, he’ll proceed to report back to Mark Marshall, interim chairman of worldwide promoting and partnerships. Present information boss Conde will run NBCU Information Group, and parks chief Woodbury will head up the Common Locations and Experiences Group.

Frances Berwick might be promoted to chairman of NBCUniversal Leisure, reporting to Lazarus and Langley, including authentic content material throughout broadcast, cable and Peacock to her present tasks operating the linear leisure networks. Berwick’s new function is equal to Rovner’s present job.

“This new construction will facilitate a streamlined decision-making course of and foster much more collaboration throughout our firm,” Cavanagh wrote. “I’m very excited to work with this crew to construct on our nice momentum and drive NBCU ahead.”


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