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September 25, 2010 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
The meeting was amicable and cordial, but Comcast Corp. executive Stephen Burke got his point across: "Steve made it clear that they wanted me to go at close," said Jeff Zucker of NBC Universal Inc. So it's official. NBC Universal's top executive, Jeffrey Zucker, and Comcast will part ways when Comcast acquires control of NBCU late this year or early next year. Zucker, 45, a former executive producer of NBC's Today who climbed the corporate ladder to head NBC Universal, told his employees of his decision Friday morning in an e-mail.
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December 15, 2000 | By Gail Shister, INQUIRER TELEVISION COLUMNIST
In a stunning move, NBC yesterday named Today executive producer Jeff Zucker president of its entertainment division. Zucker, who has run the top-rated Today for a total of seven years, will leave the news division to replace embattled Garth Ancier, beginning next month. "I come as an outsider from the inside," Zucker, 35, said in a hastily assembled media conference call. "That can benefit all of us. I know what's important to the success of the prime-time schedule, and I can provide a fresh set of eyes to look for that.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 1, 1993 | By Gail Shister, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Doogie. Boy wonder. Whiz kid. Jeff Zucker, NBC News' 27-year-old perpetual motion machine, keeps waiting for the fuss to go away. "I don't know if 30 will be the magic age when I stop being referred to as a whiz kid or if it will be part of my life forever," he says. "I understand I've done a lot and I'm really young. Quite frankly, in the last couple of weeks, it's even raised my eyebrows. " Next Monday, Zucker will begin an unprecedented daily double in the cutthroat world of network TV news.
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May 26, 1999 | New York Daily News
NBC's "Today" has lined up Latin singing sensation Ricky Martin for a live mini-concert on Friday, June 11. Martin's "Today" appearance will be his second in New York - he performed on "Saturday Night Live" two weeks ago - since his single "Livin' La Vida Loca" hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts earlier this month. "Today" executive producer Jeff Zucker is preparing for anywhere from 10,000 to 15,000 Martin fans to converge outside of the show's Rockefeller Center glass-front studio for the concert.
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December 7, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
'Peter Pan' flies through flak So, how did Peter Pan Live! do? As you'll recall, NBC's hallowed stage show, made famous in live-on-TV performances by Mary Martin as Peter and Cyril Ritchard as Captain Hook, was resurrected Thursday, with Allison Williams ( Girls ) beltin' it out as Peter, Christopher Walken as a tottering, apparently Xanax'ed Captain, and Minnie Driver as the adult Wendy. There was a lot of pressure. NBC presented this show thrice live, in 1955, 1956, and 1960.
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September 24, 2010 | By Bob Fernandez, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The meeting was amicable and cordial, but Comcast Corp. executive Stephen Burke got his point across: "Steve made it clear that they wanted me to go at close," said Jeff Zucker of NBC Universal Inc. So it's official. NBC Universal's top executive, Jeffrey Zucker, and Comcast will part ways when Comcast acquires control of NBCU late this year or early next year. Zucker, 45, a former executive producer of NBC's Today who started working at the network in 1986 and climbed the corporate ladder to head NBC Universal, told his employees of his decision today morning in an e-mail.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2002 | By HOWARD GENSLER gensleh@phillynews.com Daily news wire services contributed to this report
'DAILY SHOW" host Jon Stewart has signed a deal with NBC to develop a sitcom for fall 2003. Stewart, 40, will executive producer and co-write the series, which will star Stephen Colbert, a writer and correspondent on Comedy Central's "Daily Show. " "This is a coup for NBC to be in partnership with such clever and creative writer-performers as Jon and Stephen," Jeff Zucker, NBC entertainment president, said yesterday. "I can't wait to see the finished product. " Stewart joked that the show will incorporate everything that's been successful for NBC. "We were just thinking about what would happen if a gay man and a straight woman lived together in a bar in Boston and ate spiders for $50,000 every episode," he told Daily Variety.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 21, 2006 | By DAVID KRONKE Los Angeles Daily News
Just 10 months after promising to stick with an "A-level product," NBC Universal made a U-turn Thursday by announcing plans to replace its first hour of prime-time programming with game shows and reality TV. Jeff Zucker, head of NBC-Universal Television, announced deep staff cuts and a strategy that directly affects the development of comedy and drama series. "It's an alarming message to send out: 'We're throwing our hands up in the air; we don't know what to do any more,' " lamented Marc Berman, Mediaweek ratings analyst.
NEWS
January 23, 2005 | By Tirdad Derakhshani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The 10-day star-studded Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, opened Thursday night with a rousing speech by actor and filmmaker Robert Redford, who made the most of the fact that Thursday was also President Bush's Inauguration Day. Speaking to a packed audience at the premier of the Lisa Kudrow and Tom Arnold-starring comedy Happy Endings, Redford said, "This is really a festival about different voices in film that really reflect, a...
NEWS
May 15, 2001 | By Jonathan Storm INQUIRER TELEVISION CRITIC
The Weakest Link is strong enough for NBC, a quiz show so cheap and popular that the network will double its airplay next fall. Moving first among the TV networks, NBC announced its fall lineup yesterday. By Thursday, all six will have unveiled their schedules. In addition to adding a Link to its programming chain, NBC will premiere three new sitcoms - one starring superchef Emeril Lagasse - and three dramas, including yet another Law & Order offshoot and a medical/mystery/woman-against-the world saga starring Law & Order alumna Jill Hennessey.
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December 24, 2014 | Chuck Darrow, Daily News
TALK ABOUT blurring the lines between real life and reel life. Sony Pictures, which is having a Month From Hell for the ages, has enlisted the help of the spin-mistress who was the inspiration for the ABC prime-time soaper "Scandal. " The company that produced (and won't release) "The Interview" has asked Judy Smith to help with damage control in the wake of the cyberattack it suffered (apparently at the hands of North Korea), and its subsequent decision to keep the Seth Rogen - James Franco comedy about killing North Korean Big Cheese Kim Jong Un from public display.
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December 7, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
'Peter Pan' flies through flak So, how did Peter Pan Live! do? As you'll recall, NBC's hallowed stage show, made famous in live-on-TV performances by Mary Martin as Peter and Cyril Ritchard as Captain Hook, was resurrected Thursday, with Allison Williams ( Girls ) beltin' it out as Peter, Christopher Walken as a tottering, apparently Xanax'ed Captain, and Minnie Driver as the adult Wendy. There was a lot of pressure. NBC presented this show thrice live, in 1955, 1956, and 1960.
BUSINESS
September 12, 2013 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jeff Shell, a former Comcast Corp. programming executive in Philadelphia, will head the Universal film studio as Steve Burke and Comcast Corp. tighten their grip on Hollywood. Shell is the latest top executive installed by Burke, the CEO of NBCUniversal and a confidant of Comcast chief executive Brian Roberts. Shell headed entertainment programming at Comcast before the cable giant acquired NBCUniversal. He trotted the globe developing deals for NBCUniversal over the last two years, a position many inside Comcast viewed as tailored to give him exposure and retain him for a more glamorous job. He had been based in London.
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April 8, 2013 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Only minutes after signing off his new CNN show, The Lead With Jake Tapper , the host is in his Washington office - talking Philly, circa 1987. "When I left, it was before the Blue Route, before the Vine Street corridor," Tapper, 44, is saying. "William Penn's hat was still the tallest thing in the city. " Tapper grew up in Queen Village, in the house where his mother, Anne Tapper, still lives. "That Philly wasn't as fancy as today's Philly is," he says. His parents "split when I was 8. " His father, Ted Tapper, is a retired pediatrician living in Lower Merion; Anne is a retired psychiatric nurse.
NEWS
April 24, 2011 | By Jonathan Storm and Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writers
When Comcast put up $13.8 billion to take control of NBCUniversal in January, it got theme parks that are tons of fun, studios that can produce hit movies, cable networks like USA and Bravo that spew money out the bottom line. And a big, heavy ball and chain that weighs the deal down: the worst prime-time lineup on network television, the perennial loser that is NBC. Comcast is intent on turning that weight into a helium balloon. Three weeks from Monday, it will make its first major move, with the presentation to potential advertisers of its fall schedule.
BUSINESS
September 25, 2010 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
The meeting was amicable and cordial, but Comcast Corp. executive Stephen Burke got his point across: "Steve made it clear that they wanted me to go at close," said Jeff Zucker of NBC Universal Inc. So it's official. NBC Universal's top executive, Jeffrey Zucker, and Comcast will part ways when Comcast acquires control of NBCU late this year or early next year. Zucker, 45, a former executive producer of NBC's Today who climbed the corporate ladder to head NBC Universal, told his employees of his decision Friday morning in an e-mail.
NEWS
September 24, 2010 | By Bob Fernandez, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The meeting was amicable and cordial, but Comcast Corp. executive Stephen Burke got his point across: "Steve made it clear that they wanted me to go at close," said Jeff Zucker of NBC Universal Inc. So it's official. NBC Universal's top executive, Jeffrey Zucker, and Comcast will part ways when Comcast acquires control of NBCU late this year or early next year. Zucker, 45, a former executive producer of NBC's Today who started working at the network in 1986 and climbed the corporate ladder to head NBC Universal, told his employees of his decision today morning in an e-mail.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 27, 2010 | By Howard Gensler
IF CONAN O'BRIEN wins an Emmy Sunday night - a definite possibility, says TV writer Ellen Gray - someone at host network NBC may have his finger poised near the censor button. No one's really concerned that the former "Tonight" show host will turn into Conan the Vulgarian, there are simply limits to what Conan can say about his old bosses at the peacock network. The Hollywood Reporter says that Conan's settlement deal contains strict rules against making "disparaging" comments about NBC or NBC Studios, Jay Leno and NBC executives Jeff Zucker , Dick Ebersol , Jeff Gaspin and Marc Graboff . Those limitations end Sept.
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August 8, 2010 | By Jonathan Storm, Inquirer Columnist
BEVERLY HILLS - From one angle, the new fall network dramas appear about as numb as they come: Four cop shows, three lawyer shows, one cop-and-lawyer show, and a medical examiner all muscle for space amid the 16 new series. But a deeper look reveals quite a bit more originality, as fall 2010 takes an escapist feel on TV. Many of the standard genres are turned in a catchy direction. ABC's Detroit 1-8-7 is filmed entirely on location. CBS is remaking Hawaii Five-O . And among the seven shows outside the TV-drama mainstream, two are about glamorous spies, one (The CW's Nikita )
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December 10, 2008 | By David Hiltbrand INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
NBC officially announced yesterday that Jay Leno will be hosting a comedy/talk show five nights a week at 10 p.m. beginning next fall. Is this a sharp programming strategy or a further step into mediocrity for NBC, mired in last place among the four major networks? Leno, host of The Tonight Show since 1992, is scheduled to leave that post at the end of May, to be replaced by Conan O'Brien. Since that transition was first announced in 2004, NBC has been seeking an appropriate vehicle to keep the comedian in its lineup.
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