Bonnie Hammer has been Chairman of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment since February 2013. In this capacity, Ms. Hammer has executive oversight of a number of leading cable brands (USA Network, Syfy, E! Entertainment, Bravo, Oxygen, Esquire Network, Sprout, TV One, Chiller, Cloo and Universal HD), as well as Universal Cable Productions, which generates scripted content for cable and broadcast networks, and Wilshire Studios, which generates reality programming. Prior to her tenure as Chairman of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, Ms. Hammer served as Chairman of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment and Cable Studios since November 2010. In this capacity, Ms. Hammer had executive oversight for certain leading cable brands (USA, Syfy, E! Entertainment, Chiller, Cloo and Universal HD), as well as Universal Cable Productions and Wilshire Studios.
The networks led by Ms. Hammer are industry frontrunners, consistently generating innovative consumer social and digital experiences reflective of their brands. Under Ms. Hammer’s leadership, USA Network achieved the number one position in all of basic cable for a record-setting eight years with a stable of top-rated, Emmy and Golden Globe-honored programs. Bravo, a lifestyle network with a passionate following among women, is ranked in cable’s top ten. In addition, Syfy has become a global brand, as well as a top rated cable network and an industry leader in original genre programming in the United States.
Prior to joining NBCUniversal in May 2004, Ms. Hammer served as President of Syfy from 2001 to 2004 and held other senior executive positions at Syfy and USA Network from 1989 to 2000. Before that, she was an original programming executive at Lifetime Television Network from 1987 to 1989. Ms. Hammer has served on the boards of ShopNBC, a 24-hour TV shopping network, the International Radio and Television Society (IRTS) and the Ad Council. She currently serves on the strategic planning committee for Boston University’s College of Communication.
Ms. Hammer holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s degree in media and new technology from Boston University.