May 25, 2011 |
Stephen Hamill and Gerald Burke do jobs normally reserved for public employees. They just make a lot more money doing it. The former Alameda County public servants have made tens of millions of dollars for their private company by coming up with a novel method of issuing tax-free municipal bonds. By law, these bonds must be issued by government agencies to finance projects with a public benefit, such as highways and hospitals. Hamill and Burke have harnessed this process for profit by working with a little-known public agency they helped to create called the California Statewide Communities Development Authority.
May 5, 2011 |
Now that it has become a Hollywood powerhouse, Comcast Corp. will spend an extra $300 million this year for television programming to revive its newly acquired NBC broadcast network and keep the company's cable channels humming. NBCUniversal Chief Executive Steve Burke on Wednesday renewed Comcast's long-standing pledge to invest millions of dollars more for television programming than the media company's former majority owner, General Electric Co., had been spending. In late January, Comcast acquired a 51% stake in NBCUniversal and GE became a minority partner.
April 2, 2011 |
For the second consecutive year, Steve Burke received a richer compensation package than that of his boss, Comcast Corp. Chief Executive Brian L. Roberts. Burke, who became chief executive of Comcast-controlled media giant NBCUniversal in January, was awarded a compensation package in 2010 valued at $34.74 million — a 2% increase from 2009. His compensation last year included a $2.24-million base salary, a $3-million signing bonus (the second installment after renewing his contract in 2009)
February 4, 2011 |
Jared Lee Loughner, accused of trying to assassinate Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, will be tried first on federal charges, according to an agreement announced Friday by federal and state prosecutors. Loughner, 22, of Tucson, has been charged in a three-count federal indictment of shooting Giffords and killing two other federal employees in an attack last month outside a Tucson supermarket where Giffords was meeting with constituents. Six people were killed in the attack and 13 injured, including Giffords, who is recovering in a Texas rehabilitation center from gunshot wounds to the head.
January 28, 2011 |
Cats have nine lives. Ron Meyer has had nine bosses. His 16-year reign as president of Universal Studios has made the former talent agent Hollywood's longest surviving studio head. Now Meyer faces his toughest screen test. His new boss, NBC Universal Chief Executive Steve Burke, has shown that he's not timid about making management changes and shaking up the status quo. Before the cable giant even closed its merger with NBC Universal on Friday, he swept out several of the company's top television executives.
December 21, 2010 |
Justin Burke threw for a pair of touchdowns and Jeremy Wright scored on a 95-yard kickoff return Tuesday night to help Louisville beat Southern Mississippi, 31-28, in the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl at St. Petersburg, Fla. Burke tossed scoring passes to 11 yards to Cameron Graham and 10 yards to Josh Chichester while the Cardinals (7-6) erased a 14-point first-half deficit, then produced a go-ahead field goal in the fourth quarter. Austin Davis threw 205 yards and two touchdowns to become Southern Mississippi's career TD pass leader, moving ahead of Brett Favre with 53 in three seasons for the Golden Eagles (8-5)
November 20, 2010 |
To read Andrews Vachss at his best is to take a ride on the dark side, where the plight of the oppressed and vulnerable ? most notably abused children ? becomes the catalyst for revenge-fueled street justice. It's meted out by scarred, scary protagonists you'd never think about crossing. Chief among them was Burke, a career criminal, mercenary and PI whose mission to seek vengeance on pedophiles, child pornographers and serial killers would make Stieg Larsson's Lisbeth Salander look like a Sunday school teacher.
November 19, 2010 |
Comcast Corp. unveiled its new management lineup for NBC Universal on Thursday, ending months of anticipation and behind-the-scenes jockeying. Although the new executive team is ready, the two companies now must wait for federal regulators to approve the Philadelphia cable company's takeover of NBC Universal. The consent of the U.S. Justice Department and Federal Communications Commission is expected next month or early next year. Comcast Chief Operating Officer Steve Burke, who will replace Jeff Zucker as NBC Universal chief executive when the deal closes, created a layered structure with seven executives holding the title of chairman.
November 16, 2010 |
When Comcast Corp.'s Steve Burke assembled his new executive team for NBC Universal, he followed an old management maxim: If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Burke ? who will become chief executive of NBC Universal when the Philadelphia-based cable giant assumes control of the company, most likely early next year ? nonetheless will be spending a lot of time trying to fix one part of the sprawling media enterprise that is broken: the NBC broadcast network. "Turning around the broadcast network will be one of the top priorities," said Matthew Harrigan, media analyst with Wunderlich Securities.
November 13, 2010 |
Comcast Corp.'s Steve Burke is putting the finishing touches on his management team to take over NBC Universal and has tapped two veteran programmers ? Robert Greenblatt and Ted Harbert ? to lead the troubled NBC broadcast network. Greenblatt, 50, the recently departed head of programming at Showtime, is credited with turning around the perennial also-ran by using a gallery of morally twisted characters in shows such as "Weeds" and "Dexter. " He left the premium channel in July when his contract ended.