Lauren Zalaznick to Depart NBC Universal
Lauren Zalaznick is leaving NBC Universal, months after the cable properties that had reported to her were put under the control of Bonnie Hammer. CEO Steve Burke made the announcement in an internal memo on Friday.
Ms. Zalaznick, who has been at the company for 12 years, lost responsibility for Bravo, Style, Oxygen and Telemundo in February, when Mr. Burke assigned her to focus on innovation, digital, monetization and emerging technology across the company.
Mr. Burke's memo said Ms. Zalaznick will remain at the company to help hand off her current portfolio and then serve as a consultant on digital media content and technology marketplace trends.
"Those of you who know Lauren well know she is one of those rare executives that combine great creative instincts with a true business orientation," Mr. Burke wrote. "Her contributions to our company have been significant and far-reaching, from cable entertainment to Spanish-language broadcast, from digital initiatives to new marketing campaigns. Lauren also has been an important champion for many of our company-wide initiatives."
Most of Ms. Zalaznick's team will report to Cesar Conde, who recently joined NBC Universal from Univision.
NBC Universal has been undergoing plenty of changes in recent weeks. In a surprise twist Style Network instead of G4 was rebranded as Esquire Network, and NBC Universal's International President Jeff Shell was put in charge of worldwide operations at Universal Studios, pushing out Adam Fogelson.