July 10, 2013 |
Two unpaid interns at Comcast Corp.-owned NBCUniversal, one with Saturday Night Live and the other at the MSNBC cable-news channel, have filed a federal class-action lawsuit seeking at least $5 million. The case is the latest unpaid-intern suit in the U.S. entertainment industry, in which top executives earn tens of millions of dollars a year, and follows a recent court decision favorable to unpaid or underpaid interns. U.S. Judge William H. Pauley 3d in New York said on June 11 that two unpaid interns at Fox Searchlight Pictures Inc. were employees and covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act, while also granting class-action status to unpaid interns at Fox. Pauley said that the two Fox Searchlight interns displaced paid employees and "received nothing approximating the education they would receive in an academic setting or vocational school" - the requirement to being classified as interns at a for-profit company.
July 4, 2013
Comcast Corp.-owned NBCUniversal acquired the Telemundo affiliate in Philadelphia, WWSI (Channel 49), from ZGS Communications for an undisclosed sum. The Spanish-language affiliate now will be part by the NBCUniversal's 16-station Telemundo Station Group. Manuel Abud, group president, said the station, now based near Penn's Landing with 11 employees, will relocate to NBC10 studios in Bala Cynwyd. The Telemundo affiliate will launch local news casts at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. in January to grow its audience.
October 6, 2013 |
The head of the Comcast Corp.-owned Telemundo network, Emilio Romano, is leaving the company in the latest shuffle of NBCUniversal executives. Telemundo is a distant second in the fast-growing Spanish-language TV market, with a goal of closing the gap with top-watched Univision. NBCUniversal's Hispanic Enterprise and Content Group, which includes Telemundo, is now run by former Univision executive Joseph Uva. He reports to Steve Burke, the chief executive officer at NBCUniversal.
December 29, 2014 |
The Jersey Shore's NBC40 broadcasts out of a converted Frito-Lay factory off Route 9 in Linwood, home to cerebral weatherman Dan Skeldon, sports nice guy Pete Thompson, and steady news anchor Michelle Dawn Mooney. For thousands of loyal viewers in Atlantic, Cape May, and Cumberland Counties, NBC40's 6 a.m. news is the first show they watch in the morning, and the station's hyperlocal advertisers seem as familiar as the nearest Wawa. There's Pastor David McGettigan from St. Andrews by the Sea, Doug and Linda from Beachcomber Collectibles, and Bill Kassner of the Chapman Auto Group in Egg Harbor Township.
May 16, 2015 |
Comcast Corp. plans to hire 10,000 military veterans, reservists, and their spouses and domestic partners over the next three years - roughly 15 percent to 20 percent of all new employees, a Comcast human resources executive said Thursday. The hiring pledge more than doubles a prior military-hire plan at Comcast, under which the company has hired 4,200 veterans since 2012. To hit its target, the cable and Internet giant will appoint a vice president of military and veteran initiatives, who will report to Dave Watson, the cable division's chief operating officer, and John Wallace, president of operational and technical services at NBCUniversal.
April 2, 2015 |
Michael Angelakis, 50, the Comcast Corp. executive who headed the negotiations for NBCUniversal and Time Warner Cable Inc., will resign his posts as chief financial officer and vice chairman to lead a new Comcast-controlled $4.1 billion investment arm. The new venture, which Comcast calls a "strategic company," would be one of the biggest funds of its kind in Pennsylvania and will be looking for high-return investments like one Comcast made into...
December 11, 2014 |
Channel 40, the television station at the Jersey Shore that is home to local heroes in weatherman Dan Skeldon and sportscaster Pete Thompson, is about to lose its identity. Dropped by Comcast's NBCUniversal as an affiliate, the station will no longer be NBC40 or broadcast NBC programming after Dec. 31. And the familiar local newscast - operated by the Linwood-based Access.1 company under contract with California-based owners LocusPoint Networks - will no longer be seen on WMGM-TV after Dec. 31, according to a statement posted on the NBC40 website Tuesday.
February 11, 2015 |
Gripping his TV remote, Bob Klewans, 75, wandered into the Xfinity store on South Columbus Boulevard one recent afternoon. Unlike in years past, he was met by a Comcast greeter and chatted up by one of the store's managers. He had a problem with his remote, he said, flourishing it. They talked, and Klewans was told he could get a new one. Klewans, a retiree who seemed happy for the friendly interaction, gushed about his treatment and the remodeled store, one of the busiest in the Philadelphia area.
April 16, 2014 |
Comcast Corp. boosted the compensation for top executive Brian L. Roberts 8 percent in 2013, to $31.4 million, the company said in a regulatory filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Roberts, chairman and chief executive officer, was paid $29.1 million in 2012. A company spokesman said Monday that the compensation was based on Comcast's 2013 financial performance and was unrelated to the proposed $45.2 billion deal to acquire Time Warner Cable Inc. that was announced in February and was the topic of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington last week.
November 26, 2014 |
Dish Network, the nation's third-largest pay-TV company, may drop NBCUniversal's regional sports networks in the Chicago, Washington, Sacramento, and San Francisco areas on Dec. 1. The plan seems to be part of a strategy to slim down the bundle of cable channels offered to its TV subscribers, to control price increases. Dish axed the Boston-area regional sports network in August. Comcast Corp. owns NBCUniversal and the Comcast-branded regional sports networks. Regional sports networks can be the second-most-expensive networks in a cable bundle - exceeded only by ESPN - because of the billions of dollars the networks have committed in recent years to acquiring TV rights for professional sports.