September 11, 2013 |
NBCUniversal Chief Executive Steve Burke said Comcast Corp. inherited a media company that was an industry laggard in key financial measures, particularly at the NBC broadcast network. The NBC broadcast network earns $500 million to $1 billion less each year than industry leaders CBS, ABC and Fox Broadcasting, Burke said Wednesday morning at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference in Beverly Hills. Burke's comments shed light on Comcast Corp.'s investment strategy when it acquired controlling interest in NBCUniversal more than two years ago from longtime media owner General Electric Co. PHOTOS: Hollywood backlot moments Comcast executives have long believed that they could run NBCUniversal much better than GE's management team did. The early results suggest that Comcast was right.
September 11, 2013 |
As a teenager Jeff Shell was determined to earn a spot on the elite basketball team at West Los Angeles' University High School. Despite being considered a long shot, he spent hours in his backyard practicing his jump shot and working on his moves until he made the team. "It was a pretty impressive feat," said his younger brother, Dan Shell, a Fox Sports executive. FALL MOVIE SNEAKS 2013: Films, videos and photos Jeff Shell has again nabbed a high-profile assignment.
September 9, 2013 |
NBCUniversal is shaking up the ranks of its movie studio, with longtime head Ron Meyer transitioning into a corporate advisory role. In a surprise move, Jeff Shell, a longtime Comcast Corp. television executive who spent the last two years in London, will succeed Meyer in a newly created position as chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group. As part of the shake-up, Adam Fogelson, chairman of Universal Pictures, was fired on Monday morning. Donna Langley, co-chairman of Universal Pictures, will become sole chairman and report to Shell.
September 5, 2013 |
The NHL got a little more truculent Thursday, when former Ducks General Manager Brian Burke was introduced as the Calgary Flames' new director of hockey operations. Bad news, though, for Flames General Manager Jay Feaster, because he must now report to Burke in the team's reconfigured hierarchy. The blunt, fiery Burke was the Ducks' GM when they won the Stanley Cup in 2007, but he left in November of 2008 to be nearer to his children on the East Coast. He was named general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs later that month -- a tenure he launched with his famous speech about how the team would become tougher and more truculent -- and kept his position until early this year, when he was ousted shortly before the lockout ended and the shortened season began.
August 29, 2013 |
Brian Burke has approached a situation with potential international implications the only way he knows how. Directly. You would not expect anything less from the longtime hockey executive. The former Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager returned to the Anaheim Ducks fold last season, signing on as a consultant. Burke was the Ducks GM when they won the Stanley Cup in 2007. He also is director of player personnel for the U.S. Olympic hockey team and has strongly criticized Russia's “archaic” anti-gay laws.
August 21, 2013 |
Glenn Burke was just doing what came naturally. Dusty Baker's home run blast to left field on the last day of the regular season, Oct. 2, 1977, was history-making. It was his 30th, meaning the Dodgers became the first team to have four players hit 30 home runs in a season. As Baker rounded third to the roar of the Dodger Stadium crowd, Burke, a rookie outfielder, ran from the on-deck circle, jumped up and gave Baker an over-the-head hand-slap in celebration. And, the high-five was born.