Regulatory approval for the $13.75 billion deal in which Comcast will acquire 51 percent of NBC Universal is expected by the end of the year. At that point, Comcast Chief Operating Officer Steve Burke, slated to become chief executive office at NBC Universal, will assign Showtime CEO Bob Greenblatt the task of managing entertainment programming, the Journal said Saturday.
NBC Universal senior managers Bonnie Hammer and Lauren Zalaznick are expected to have expanded roles with Hammer adding E! Entertainment and G4 to her managerial duties and Zalaznick taking on Telemundo and Style Network, as well as Internet properties Daily Candy and Fandango.
The executive structure will divide advertising sales among Marianne Gambelli, who will take charge of broadcast sales and David Cassaro, who will take over cable network ad sales.