Bridget Baker's impending exit as president of TV networks
distribution for NBCUniversal evidently won't be the only change in the
programmer's executive suite. According to sources familiar with the situation,
longtime Cablevision affiliate head Mac Budill will soon be joining NBCU.
reported Monday that Baker will leave her NBCU gig at the end of November.
Sources indicate that some of her duties will be filled by Budill, who has been
serving as Cablevision executive VP of programming.
In his new post, Budill will be making the transition from
gatekeeper at the predominant distributor in the New York metro area to a
negotiator for NBCU's vast programming portfolio, reporting -- as Baker has --
to NBCU's head of content distribution Matt Bond.
Budill, according to sources, left his position at Cablevision
earlier this month.
Sources indicate Tom Montemagno, senior VP of programming
acquisition at Cablevision, would step into Budill's former role in leading the
MSO's negotiations with content providers.
NBCU and Cablevision both declined to comment.