Comcast’s Strauss takes lead for NBCU’s Peacock – report

Peacock is launching in April 2020. (NBCUniversal)

Comcast/NBCUniversal is reportedly shifting around its management team ahead of the company’s high-profile launch of Peacock, a new ad-supported streaming service.

According to Variety, Bonnie Hammer, chairman of direct-to-consumer and digital enterprises at NBCUniversal, will move to a new role overseeing all of NBCU’s broadcast and cable studio operations. Matt Strauss, current executive vice president of Xfinity Services at Comcast, will take over as the head of Peacock, which is scheduled to launch in April 2020.

The company is also reportedly moving Paul Telegdy to a role as sole chairman of NBCUniversal, and George Cheeks, current co-chair of the NBC Entertainment broadcast division, to a vice chair role reporting to Hammer.

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NBCU confirmed the management moves in a press release.

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All the reported management changes for Comcast and NBCU come as it nears the launch of Peacock. The company has yet to provide information about pricing and distribution for the service but last month announced the programming slate.

Peacock will launch with more than 15,000 hours of content, and will be used as a key platform for coverage of the 2020 Summer Olympics.

NBCU has announced a large lineup of library and new original content for the service. Peacock will have exclusive streaming rights to both “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation,” along with access to “30 Rock,” “Bates Motel,” “Battlestar Galactica,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Cheers,” “Chrisley Knows Best,” “Covert Affairs,” “Downton Abbey,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Frasier,” “Friday Night Lights,” “House,” “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” “King Of Queens,” “Married…With Children,”“Monk,” “Parenthood,” “Psych,” “Royal Pains,” “Saturday Night Live,” “Superstore,” “The Real Housewives,” “Top Chef,” and “Will & Grace.”

New originals include dramas like “Dr. Death” and a reboot of “Battlestar Galactica,” along with new comedies like “Rutherford Falls.” The service will also show new versions of “Saved By the Bell” and “Punky Brewster."

In addition, the service will get unscripted content and movies, including new films developed by Universal Pictures.

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