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Zalaznick Leaving Senior Post at NBCUniversal

Executive had run cable networks and digital properties
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Updated: 3:32 p.m. ET

Lauren Zalaznick is the latest top executive to leave NBCUniversal.

Zalaznick had been in charge of about half of NBCU's cable channels and its Spanish-language media until February, which she was shifted to a new post developing digital initiatives. The cable networks business was consolidated under Bonnie Hammer, seen as a rival of Zalaznick.

"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, NBCU CEO Steve Burke said in an internal email. "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."

Burke said Zalaznick will remain at the company to transition her current portfolio, and would continue to consult with NBCUniversal on digital media content and technology marketplace trends.

Burke said that most of the executives working with Zalaznick would instead report to executive VP Cesar Conde, who joined NBCU from Univision earlier this month. Executives responsible for consumer products and Fandango will report to Jeff Shell at the Universal studio. The integrated media group will report to ad sales president Linda Yaccarino.

In the last few weeks, NBCU has hired Conde, put former Comcast executive Shell in charge of the studio, gave former USA co-president Jeff Wachtel broader programming responsibilities, named Chris McCumber sole president of USA, and put Adam Stotsky, the head of the new Esquire Network, additionally in charge of G4. Former Oxygen president Jason Klarman is leaving the company with Bravo Media president Frances Berwick getting added oversight of Oxygen and Salaam Coleman-Smith, president of Style Media is getting a new assignment after a last-minute decision to turn the Style network into Esquire.

Since joining NBCU, Burke has put new executives in charge of NBC Entertainment, NBC Sports, and NBC News and advertising sales.

Zalaznick joined NBC when it acquired Vivendi Universal Entertainment in 2004. She'd run Universal's Trio cable network since 2002. She added responsibilities for cable networks Bravo and Oxygen before NBCU was acquired by Comcast.

When Burke became CEO of NBCU, he named Zalaznick chairman of Bravo Media, Oxygen Media, Style, Telemundo, Sprout and TV One, as well as digital properties including iVillage and Fandango. She also spearheaded cross platform initiatives including Green is Universal, Woman at NBCU, Hispanics at NBCU and Healthy at NBCU.

Also on Friday, Berwick announced her new senior management team, which gives some Bravo executives added oversight at Oxygen, naming

Rod Aissa, senior VP development and production, Oxygen
Media; Andy Cohen, executive VP development and talent, Bravo Media; Jennifer
Geisser, senior VP communications, Bravo and Oxygen Media; Mike Haggerty  senior VP research, Bravo and Oxygen Media; Lisa
Hsia, executive VP digital, Bravo and Oxygen Media; Jerry Leo, executive VP
program strategy and acquisitions Bravo and Oxygen Media, and production, Bravo
Media; Ellen Stone, executive VP marketing, Bravo and Oxygen Media; and Holly
Tang, CFO Bravo and Oxygen Media.

"They're not only smart and strategic, but they've all consistently contributed to an atmosphere of collaboration, respect and inspiration...which sets the stage for even greater days ahead for two outstanding brands," said Berwick in a memo to staff obtained by B&C.

Andrea Morabito contributed to this report.

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