Universal CityWalk is the name shared by the entertainment and retail districts located adjacent to the theme parks of Universal Parks & Resorts. CityWalk began as an expansion of Universal's first park, Universal Studios Hollywood, serves as an entrance plaza from the parking lots to the theme parks. CityWalk can be found at Universal Orlando Resort in Florida and Universal Studios Japan in Osaka, Japan. CityWalk Hollywood and CityWalk Orlando have some common tenants, but their respective architectural styles are quite different. Where CityWalk Hollywood incorporates a classic modern blend of Hollywood, CityWalk Orlando is entirely modern in appearance. City walk is separate from Universal Studios Hollywood it serves as an entrance from the parking lot that does lead to Universal Studios. Inspiration came from the Horton Plaza according to Jon Jerde, the architecture of City Walk Hollywood tries to capture the architecture found all over Los Angeles. Universal CityWalk Hollywood is a three-block entertainment, shopping promenade.
It has more than 30 places to eat, a 19-screen movie theater featuring IMAX,7 night spots, indoor skydiving and more than 30 stores. Designed by Jon Jerde, CityWalk opened in May 1993 adjacent to the Cineplex Odeon cinema. A $1 billion, 93,000 sq ft. expansion opened in 2000. Planning done by Jerde Associates. CityWalk's central plaza is topped by a 170-foot radial trelis designed and built by Pearce Structures; the courtyard features a leaping fountain, created by WET. A huge television monitor brought in by Panasonic, is located above the multiplex, showing upcoming Universal movie releases, music videos, NBCUniversal promotions stands next to the giant guitar towering over the Hard Rock Cafe. Street performers are a common sight. "5 Towers" is an interactive outdoor concert venue on Universal CityWalk, featuring a technologically advanced staging system. The stage is equipped with thousands of LED fixtures, motion capture sensors, five soaring 42-foot light tower sculptures, a massive video monitor, a state-of-the-art audio system.
The new staging system serves as the structural artistic centerpiece for CityWalk. It features live music; the Universal CityWalk in Orlando opened in 1999 as one component of the expansion that transformed Universal Studios Florida into today's Universal Orlando Resort. It was built over entrance. Guests arriving at the resort park in one of two multi-story parking structures travel via covered moving sidewalks over Universal Boulevard into CityWalk. From there, guests can proceed into either of the theme parks: Universal Studios Florida or Islands of Adventure. Hard Rock Cafe Orlando – This is the second Hard Rock Café built on Universal property; the first café was built near the Psycho house, Bates Motel, E. T. Adventure, Fievel's Playland. Although the first café was considered to be one of the largest in the chain, the company closed down the restaurant to reopen in an bigger facility and alongside Hard Rock Live in the CityWalk section; the old Hard Rock Café building was demolished in October 2011.
Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Antojito's Authentic Mexican Food Starbucks Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, inspired by the 1994 film Forrest Gump Cinnabon Pat O'Brien's Bar – a franchise of the original bar/restaurant in New Orleans. BK Whopper Bar – Limited service to the fast food restaurant Burger King Panda Express Moe's Southwest Grill Fusion Bistro Sushi & Sake Bar Bob Marley – A Tribute to Freedom Red Oven Pizza Bakery Cold Stone Creamery Menchie's Frozen Yogurt Vivo Italian Kitchen Hot Dog Hall of Fame Bread Box Handcrafted Sandwiches The Cowfish Sushi and Burger Bar NBC Sports Grill & Brew The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen Voodoo Doughnut Bigfire American Fare Universal Cinemark at CityWalk operated by Loews Theatres until January 26, 2006, when AMC Theaters merged the Loews Theatres chain, operated by AMC until 2018. Bob Marley -- A Tribute to Freedom CityWalk's Rising Star -- opened 2008, replacing CityJazz; the Groove Hard Rock Live, a separate performance venue adjacent to the Hard Rock Cafe Red Coconut Club Blue Man Group Sharp Aquos Theatre, a live show featuring Blue Man Group.
Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, Live bands take to the restaurant's stage to perform every evening. Hollywood Drive-In Mini Golf – A miniature golf course harkening back to 50's era drive-in movies; the facility has two different and intricately themed courses: "The Haunting of Ghostly Greens" and "Invaders from Planet Putt-Putt". Opened in March 2012. Tommy Bahama BMG Gear Candy Smith CityWalk Hub Store P! Q Fossil, Inc. Fresh Produce The Smuggler’s Hold Quiet Flight Surf Shop Universal Studios Store Hart & Huntington Tattoo Company NASCAR Cafe Kiddie Carousel NBA City Element Skateboards Emeril's Restaurant Orlando Family Feud Live Red Lobster nolboo Ganko Shinobuan Inaba Wako Shabu Sai YAKINIKU KARUBIN CHAMP FUGETSU USA Gottie's BEEF Pommenoki Fujin Raijin RA-MEN Kamakura Pasta Kobe Motomachi Doria Moana Kitchen Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Hard Rock Cafe Kushiro Monogatari BISTRO 309 T. G. I. Friday's AEN TABLE Kyoto Katsugyu Daikisuisan Kaitensushi MOS BURGER FUNFUN POPCORN PAPA Moomin Stand MOMI&TOY'S 551 HORAI PIZZA NAPOLETANO Kineya Mugimaru Romaken ST-MARC CAFÉ EDION NOSTALGIA MUSEUM ROCK SHOP Little Osaka LAWSON - convenience store chain Matsumoto Kiyoshi - drug s
NBCUniversal Media, LLC is an American worldwide mass media conglomerate owned by Comcast and headquartered at Rockefeller Plaza's Comcast Building in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. It is one of two successor companies to MCA Inc. the other being Vivendi through its subsidiary Universal Music Group. NBCUniversal is involved in the media and entertainment industry, it has a significant presence in broadcasting through a portfolio of domestic and international properties, including terrestrial and pay television outlets. Via its Universal Parks & Resorts division, NBCUniversal is the third-largest operator of amusement parks in the world. NBCUniversal was formed in 2004 with the merger of General Electric's NBC with Vivendi Universal's film and television subsidiary Vivendi Universal Entertainment, after GE had acquired 80% of the subsidiary, giving Vivendi a 20% share of the new company. In 2011, Comcast attained 51% and thereby the control of newly reformed NBCUniversal, by purchasing shares from GE, while GE bought out Vivendi.
Since 2013, the company is wholly owned by Comcast. NBC and Universal Television had a partnership dating back to 1950, when Universal Television's earliest ancestor, Revue Studios, produced a number of shows for NBC; this partnership continued throughout a number of name changes of ownership. NBC Universal Television has its modern roots in a series of expansions undertaken by NBC. In the late 1980s, NBC began pursuing a strategy of diversification, including the formation of two NBC-owned cable-television networks: CNBC and America's Talking. NBC had partial ownership of several regional sports channels and other cable channels such as American Movie Classics and Court TV. In 1995, NBC began operating NBC Desktop Video, a financial news service that delivered live video to personal computers; the following year, NBC announced an agreement with Microsoft to create an all-news cable television channel, MSNBC. A separate joint venture with Microsoft included establishing MSNBC.com. In 1998, NBC partnered with Dow Co..
The two companies combined their financial news channels outside the US. The new networks included NBC Europe, CNBC Europe, NBC Asia, CNBC Asia, NBC Africa, CNBC Africa. In 1999, NBC took a 32% stake in the Paxson group, operator of PAX TV. Five years NBC decided to sell its interest in PAX TV and end its relationship with PAX owner, Paxson Communications. In 2001, NBC acquired the US Spanish-language broadcaster Telemundo, that includes the bilingual Mun2 Television for $1.98 billion. That same year NBC acquired the cable channel Bravo. In 2003, amid a major financial crisis caused by over-expansion, Universal Studios' parent company, Vivendi Universal Entertainment, decided to sell an 80% stake to NBC's parent company, General Electric; the sale and resulting merger formed NBC Universal. The new company was 80% owned by GE, 20% owned by Vivendi; the joint venture encompassed Vivendi's US film interests and distribution units, as well as five theme parks, cable television channels including USA Network, Sci-Fi Channel, the defunct Trio, Cloo, as well as 50% stakes in Canal+ and StudioCanal.
Universal Music Group is not part of NBC Universal. On August 2, 2004, the television divisions of NBC and Universal Television were combined to form NBC Universal Television. NBC Studios series bought into the company include the NBC dramas Las Vegas, Crossing Jordan, American Dreams. Universal Network Television bought the Law & Order franchise and The District—in fact, Universal Network Television had co-produced American Dreams with NBC before the merger. Entertainment shows produced by the new group include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Last Call with Carson Daly, Saturday Night Live; the formation of NBC Universal saw the establishment of NBC Universal Cable, which oversees the distribution and advertisement sales for thirteen channels. NBC Universal Cable manages the company's investments in The Weather Channel and TiVo; the cable division used to operate NBC Weather Plus until 2008. It owned a 50% stake in Canal+ and owned a 15% stake in A+E Networks until 2012.
In the early 1990s, NBC began its expansion throughout Europe by creating CNBC Europe and its long-time successful NBC Europe Superstation by broadcasting NBC Giga throughout Germany and the rest of the European Union. NBC Europe helped to develop the Leipzig-based Games Convention, the largest European video game exposition with more than 100,000 visitors each year. In 2005, NBC Universal joined HANA, the High-Definition Audio-Video Network Alliance to help establish standards in consumer electronics interoperability; that year, NBC announced a partnership with Apple Computer to offer shows from all the NBC Universal TV networks on Apple's iTunes Store. In January 2006, NBC Universal launched Sleuth; the channel's programming dedicated to mystery/crime genre. Sleuth Network's initial slogan was "Mystery. Crime
Fandango is an American ticketing company that sells movie tickets via their website as well as through their mobile app. Industry revenue increased for several years after the company's formation. However, as the Internet grew in popularity and medium-sized movie-theater chains began to offer independent ticket sale capabilities through their own websites. In addition, a new paradigm of moviegoers printing their own tickets at home emerged, in services offered by PrintTixUSA and by point-of-sale software vendor operated websites like "ticketmakers.com". An overall slump in moviegoing continued into the 2000s, as home theaters, DVDs, high definition televisions proliferated in average households, turning their homes into a preferred place to screen films. On April 11, 2007, Comcast acquired Fandango, with plans to integrate it into a new entertainment website called "Fancast.com," set to launch the summer of 2007. In June 2008, the domain Movies.com was acquired from Disney. With Comcast's purchase of a majority stake in NBCUniversal in January 2011, Fandango and all other Comcast media assets were merged into the company.
In March 2012, Fandango announced a partnership with Yahoo! Movies, becoming the official online and mobile ticketer serving over 30 million registered users of the Yahoo! service. On January 29, 2016, Fandango announced its acquisition of M-GO, a joint venture between Technicolor SA and DreamWorks Animation which it would rebrand as "FandangoNOW". In February of that same year Fandango announced its acquisition of Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes from Time Warner's Warner Bros. Entertainment; as part of the deal, Warner Bros. would become a 30% shareholder of the combined Fandango company. In December 2016, Fandango Media purchased Cinepapaya, a Peru-based website for purchasing movie tickets, for an undisclosed amount. Fandango charges a premium to use its services, ranging from 75¢ to $2.50, which reserves a ticket to be printed out upon arrival at a movie theater, thereby avoiding lines. Seating was promised for sold-out shows, but this feature was discontinued for most theaters, as not all were equipped to handle reserved seating and will call lines.
With ticket prices in many areas exceeding US$10.00, purchasing tickets through Fandango and other ticketing websites can make movie-going an expensive proposition. Fandango's advertisements play before previews at participating movie-theater chains and feature lunch bag puppets telling various one or two-line jokes and riddles centering on the company's name; the company produced an advertising segment, based on the song, "We are the World". Fandango's website offers exclusive film clips, celebrity interviews, reviews by users, movie descriptions, some web-based games to their members; as of March 5, 2015, Fandango provides customers with memberships the ability to refund or exchange their orders 2 hours before the showtime of their film. Fandango's Android app was listed among Techlands 50 Best Android Applications for 2013. Fandango is one of three major online advance movie ticket sale sites, along with MovieTickets.com and AtomTickets.com. Before being acquired by Comcast in April 2007, Fandango was owned, with the major stakeholder being the second largest movie-theater chain in the U.
S. Regal Entertainment Group, including the United Artists and Hoyts theater chains. Along with other partners, Regal founded Fandango to prevent the older MovieTickets.com from establishing a monopoly on phone and online ticketing services. It's advertising agency decided on its name because it sounded "fun and smart," "easily pronounce and remember--even though it has nothing to do with movies."Mergers of movie chains have complicated matters regarding which company provides online ticketing for a particular chain. Upon Regal's acquisition of Consolidated Theatres, that chain was under contract to MovieTickets.com. On the other hand, Regal's acquisition of the Hoyts chain resulted in Fandango taking over their online ticketing. Prior to 2012, Fandango did not provide online ticketing for many AMC Theatres. However, it provided online ticketing for those AMC Theatres part of the Loews Cineplex Entertainment chain, due to contractual obligations in place prior to the 2005 merger of the two movie chains.
Loews had attempted to break the contract in 2002 under pressure of bankruptcy and from AOL Moviefone and its partner, Loews' Cineplex subsidiary. As of February 8, 2012, Fandango began providing ticketing for all AMC Theatres in the US, after which MovieTickets.com's fellow shareholders sued AMC for breach of contract. AMC and MovieTickets.com settled in 2013, with an agreement that the theater chain's online ticketing would be available on both Fandango and MovieTickets.com. In May 2012, Fandango announced a partnership with former partner of MovieTickets.com. Atom Tickets, a movie ticketing app and website, launched in 2014, has been called a "serious competitor" for Fandango. In July 2009, it was revealed that Fandango along with other websites, including buy.com and Orbitz, were linked with controversial Web loyalty
Harvey Films is an animation production arm of comic book publisher Harvey Comics. It was founded in 1950. In the early 1960s, they created Harvey Funnies, the original entertainment company to produce The New Casper Cartoon Show. Harvey Films is owned by DreamWorks Classics Classic Media, owned by DreamWorks Animation, owned by NBCUniversal in 2016. Harvey Films produced Casper's Scare School, a 2006 direct-to-video film released through Classic Media. Theatrical films The Sad Sack Richie Rich Casper TV series Matty's Funday Funnies The New Casper Cartoon Show Casper and the Angels Casper's Halloween Special Casper's First Christmas The Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Show The Pac-Man/Little Rascals/Richie Rich Show Casper and Friends Casper: Classics The Baby Huey Show Casper Richie Rich The Harveytoons Show Casper's Scare School Harvey Street Kids Direct-to-video Casper: A Spirited Beginning Baby Huey's Great Easter Adventure Casper Meets Wendy Richie Rich's Christmas Wish Casper's Haunted Christmas Casper's Scare School The Harveytoons Show List of films based on Harvey Comics properties
Bonnie Hammer is an American businesswoman and network executive. As Chairman of NBCUniversal Cable, Hammer oversees the leading cable brands USA, The Sci-Fi Channel, E!, Oxygen, Esquire Network, Sprout, TV One, Chiller and Universal HD, as well as production entities Universal Cable Productions and Wilshire Studios. Born to a Jewish family in 1950, Hammer was raised in Queens, New York, the youngest of three children. Hammer's mother was a full-time mom. Intending to become a photojournalist, Hammer enrolled at Boston University College of Communication, earning a bachelor's degree in communications in 1971 and a master's degree in Media Technology from the Boston University School of Education in 1975. Hammer began her career in television at WGBH-TV, the public television station in Boston, where she produced This Old House, Infinity Factory and ZOOM for PBS, she executive-produced Good Day! for Boston's ABC affiliate, WCVB-TV. Hammer first established herself professionally in New York as an original programming executive at Lifetime Television Network, where she executive produced several award-winning documentaries for the network's acclaimed Signature Series.
In 1989 Hammer joined Universal Television as a programming executive. Here, Hammer partnered with Vince McMahon to transform the WWF franchise into a cultural phenomenon. Hammer spearheaded the launch of the successful “Sci Fi Prime,” the channel's first full night of original programming, as well as the “I am Sci-Fi” messaging effort which redefined how viewers related to the channel and its programming; when Hammer took on the role of Sci-Fi president, she brought to network a mini-series in partnership with Steven Spielberg called, Steven Spielberg Presents: Taken. The project, a twenty-hour miniseries about alien abductions, garnered the best ratings Sci-Fi had seen to date and earned the channel its first major Emmy. During the six years Hammer presided over Sci-Fi, the channel's audience doubled and Sci-Fi ranked in cable's top 10 among adults 25 to 54 and 18 to 49. In 2004 Universal Television merged with NBC and Hammer became president of USA in addition to Sci-Fi; as she had done at Sci-Fi, Hammer rebranded USA with “Characters Welcome,” – conveying the message that people, “wacky but memorable characters” were at the heart of the channel's programming.
USA has ranked #1 among cable networks for a record-setting eight years. After her success at Sci-Fi and USA, Hammer was named the most influential woman in cable by CableWorld magazine. In March 2008, Hammer took leadership at the new studio Universal Cable Productions. At the same time she became head of the digital networks Cloo and Universal HD. Adding to the list in 2011, she assumed responsibility for G4 and Wilshire Studios. In July 2012, under the leadership of Hammer, E! unveiled a major brand evolution of the network and relaunch of its market-leading E! Online website, both of which allowed E! to become the global destination for pop culture. In September 2013, she oversaw the launch of Esquire Network, a lifestyle and entertainment network that replaced Style Network. Hammer serves on the board of the Ad Council, as well as the Celebration of Women's Achievements in Television and Radio steering committee for the Paley Center for Media, she serves on the strategic planning committee for Boston University's College of Communication, is a mentor for Women in Film & Television.
Her current plans as NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment Chairman are to re-evaluate and adapt NBCUniversal channels to become less gender-based as there is a preconceived notion that many of the channels are only for women. Bravo, Hammer says, “is fortysomething affluent, female-plus—Franny hates it when anyone calls it a women’s network. There are lots of a lot of co-viewing as well. E! is smack in the middle. It’s thirtysomething, it’s kind of affluent, but they’re thirtysomethings that are on their way up. There are unmarrieds, not-yet-marrieds, employed or employable, a little younger and a little hipper, that’s their sweet spot.” She made a controversial decision to have "male" channel, take over the Style Network instead of "gamer network", G4, to further the individual style of NBCUniversal's networks and create content that overlaps style content while reaching male audiences While at USA Network, Hammer spearheaded the “Erase the Hate” pro-social campaign, which earned a National Emmy Governor's Award.
She extended it to create “Characters Unite,” a public service program to combat hate and discrimination and promoting tolerance and acceptance. Under Hammer's leadership, Characters Unite has grown into an award-winning, multi-platform initiative that includes on-air programming such as documentaries and themed episodes of USA series, public service announcements, digital content through the website and social media outlets, community outreach and high school education programs, featuring a partnership with storytelling group The Moth. Hammer created the “Visions for Tomorrow” campaign, an effort to spark America's leading thinkers and policymakers into searching for ways to solve society's most pressing issues. Hammer has received several awards for her work in the span of her career, she has been named to The Hollywood Reporter's Power 100, an annual list of the most influential women in Hollywood. She was given the National Association of Television Programming Executives’ 2007 Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award and inducted into Broa
Universal Studios Japan
Universal Studios Japan, located in Osaka, is one of four Universal Studios theme parks and operated by USJ Co. Ltd., wholly owned by NBCUniversal. The park is similar to the Universal Orlando Resort since it contains selected attractions from Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood; the park opened on 31 March 2001. Over 11 million guests visited the park in its opening year, making it the world's fastest amusement park to have achieved the 10 million milestone at the time. Since Universal Studios Japan has had 8 million visitors every year. Most visitors are Japanese tourists from other Asian countries such as South Korea, it is very popular among Western tourists and expatriates. In 2005, Goldman Sachs became the largest shareholder in Universal Studios Japan. Various events were held in the year 2011 to celebrate the park's tenth anniversary, by which time a total of 88 million guests had cumulatively attended the park. There were 700,000 annual passport holders in June 2012 and in the 2012 fiscal year, 9.75 million guests visited the park.
During the 2013 fiscal year, Universal Studios Japan received 10.5 million guests. Various factors contributed to this growth in 2013, including the opening of the backwards roller coaster "Hollywood Dream – The Ride: Backdrop" in March, the "New Amazing Adventure of Spider-Man - The Ride 4K3D" in July, which installed new 4KHD technology, which proved to be popular among the younger generation; the family area "Universal Wonderland" which opened in March 2012 attracted many families. Recent installments include limited-time attractions such as "Biohazard - The Real" and "Monster Hunter - The Real", both based on popular video game franchises, "One Piece Premier Show", based on the popular anime series, providing attractions based on entertainment worldwide. On 15 July 2014, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, a themed area based on the blockbuster Harry Potter film series, opened to the public; the popular ride The Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, located in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, was revamped to play in 3D only 10 months after its opening as the first ride of its kind in the world.
With a total investment of 45 billion yen, the addition of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter to the park is projected to have an economic ripple effect of 5 trillion 60 million yen over the next 10 years in Japan, anticipates many visitors from both Japan and overseas. On Monday, 29 October 2012, Universal Studios Japan greeted its 100 millionth visitor since its opening in 2001. According to the 2014 Theme Index Global Attraction Attendance Report, Universal Studios Japan is ranked fifth among the top 25 amusement/theme parks worldwide, attracting 11.8 million visitors in 2014, 16.8% more than in the previous year. Studio one day passes start at ￥ 4,723 for children. Seniors start at ￥6,204. Studio two day passes start at ￥ 9,260 for children. Like other Universal parks, Universal Studios Japan does not limit itself to attractions based Universal's owned-library, it licensed other franchises from the rivals as attractions; some examples include: Spider-Man Peanuts Hello Kitty Sesame Street Terminator Nintendo properties Beetlejuice and Harry Potter Yo-kai Watch One Piece and Dragon Ball Resident Evil and Monster Hunter Detective Conan Attack on Titan Neon Genesis Evangelion Final Fantasy Godzilla Sailor Moon Death Note Gin Tama JoJo's Bizarre Adventure My Hero Academia Lupin the Third The attractions are arranged in nine areas of the park.
A tenth area, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, opened on 15 July 2014 with its flagship attraction, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. The area was modeled on the areas of the same names at Universal Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood. There are attractions that are not in the U. S. and are unique to Universal Studios Japan, such as Black Lake and Hogwarts Express Photo Op. Themed to Hollywood. Shrek 4-D Sesame Street 4-D Movie Magic Universal Monsters Live Rock and Roll Show Playing with Curious George Hollywood Dream – The Ride Space Fantasy – The Ride Based on the city of New York City, New York; the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man T2-3D: Battle Across Time Based on the city of San Francisco, California. Backdraft Inspired by Steven Spielberg's blockbuster film franchise of the same name. Jurassic Park: The Ride The Flying Dinosaur Inspired by Illumination's Despicable Me franchise. Despicable Me Minion Mayhem Freeze Ray Sliders Universal Wonderland is a section aimed at children and families.
Opened in March 2012, it contains three themed sub-zones including Snoopy Studios, Hello Kitty's Fashion Avenue, Sesame Street Fun Zone. Based on the Peanuts comic strip. Snoopy's Great Race The Flying Snoopy Themed to Sanrio's Hello Kitty franchise. Hello Kitty's Cupcake Dream Hello Kitty's Ribbon Collection Based on children's television series Sesame Street. Elmo's Bubble Bubble Abby's Magical Party Moppy's Lucky Dance Party Big Bird's Big Nest Grover's Construction Company Bert and Ernie's Wonder-The Sea Sesame's Big Drive Big Bird's Climbing Nest Abby's Magical Tree Abby's Magical Garden Water Garden Cookie Monster Slide Ernie's Rubber Duckie Race Elmo's Little Drive Big Bird's Big Top Circus
Edward W. "Ted" Harbert III is an American broadcasting and television executive. He was the Chairman of NBC Broadcasting, the President and CEO of the Comcast Entertainment Group, Chairman of ABC Entertainment. Born in 1955 in New York, Harbert is the son of Marna and Edward W. Harbert II, a pioneering television and publishing executive. One of six children, Harbert grew up immersed in television, aspired to a career in the industry while still a child. In a 2005 article in Advertising Age, Harbert wrote, “I started poring over the ratings in Nielsen'Pocket Pieces' when I was 9 years old. Two years I learned there were jobs at networks that picked shows and decided where they went on the schedule. From that moment, I wanted one of those jobs.” Harbert began his broadcasting career while a student at Boston University’s college radio station, WTBU, where he worked alongside his friend, Howard Stern. After graduating magna cum laude with a degree in Broadcasting and Film from the Boston University School of Communications, Harbert returned to New York, where he worked at ABC.
He relocated to Los Angeles in 1981 and spent 20 years at ABC, rising from a feature film coordinator to president of ABC Entertainment. At ABC, Harbert was associated with groundbreaking programs such as The Wonder Years,NYPD Blue,The Practice, My So Called Life, among many others, during his tenure, ABC moved to the top in primetime programs in 1995 for the first time in 17 years, led all the networks in profits for several years. In 1999, after a two-year post as a producer for Dreamworks TV, Harbert was named president of NBC Studios, overseeing primetime, day time, late night programs. In 2004, Harbert was appointed to the position of president, E! Networks. In 2006, he was promoted to the newly created position of president and CEO at the Comcast Entertainment Group, overseeing E!, Style Network, G4, Comcast International Media Group, Comcast Entertainment Productions. When Harbert extended his contract with Comcast in 2010, it was noted that E!, in particular, had been a "big success" under his auspices, achieving six straight years of record ratings.
Harbert was appointed to his current position in 2011, following Comcast's acquisition of NBC Universal. He is responsible for NBC Advertising Sales, the NBC Owned Television Stations, Affiliate Relations, Network Research, Domestic Television Distribution, NBCUniversal Digital Entertainment and Special Events. In 2013, it was announced, he left the company in October 2016. Harbert, who appeared as himself in an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, is referenced on the Howard Stern Show. Additionally, Harbert has been described as a "bold-faced name," due in part to a four-year relationship with comedian Chelsea Handler. Harbert was linked romantically with Chelsea Handler starting in 2005, they broke up in 2010 according to Handler because the two couldn't separate pleasure. Harbert and Lisa Medrano, a former human resources executive, were married on June 11, 2011. Harbert has two children and Will, from a previous marriage, he serves on the boards of Urban Arts Partnership, the Friends of the Saban Free Clinic, City Year LA, Paley Center for Media, Hollywood Radio and Television Society, the Executive Committee of Boston University’s School of Communications.
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