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Five Reasons Why Microsoft’s Xbox Entertainment Studios Is An Ex-Empire

By | Wednesday July 23, 2014 @ 8:44pm PDT

Five Reasons Why Microsoft’s Xbox Entertainment Studios Is An Ex-EmpireSome in Hollywood may have been surprised by Microsoft’s announcement that Xbox Entertainment Studios, its much-touted experiment in new kinds of interactive TV programming and headed by former CBS President Nancy Tellem, would be shut down. But really, didn’t we see this coming? Here are five reasons why the announcement was, ultimately, long in coming but not long in shock value, at least to veteran watchers of the uneasy, evolving boundary between Hollywood and Silicon Valley:

Deadline tech column David Bloom Shuffle the Deck. Of course, the greatest “sin” committed by Tellem and her crew is being an organizational outlier when the new guy took over. XES was launched two years ago under longtime Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who ran the company for 14 years before retiring in February.

The new CEO, cloud-computing specialist Satya Nadella, had no particular organizational connection with Xbox before taking over. And indeed, in announcing 18,000 layoffs last week (which particularly hit Microsoft’s recently acquired Nokia mobile divisions), Nadella signaled his company focus would be in the cloud, and on mobile. And without buy-in from the company’s new chief, XES was vulnerable — a common situation in Hollywood, where entertainment properties are routinely marooned when their institutional champions depart. Read More »

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Microsoft To Shut Down Xbox Entertainment Studios

Nellie Andreeva

Microsoft To Shut Down Xbox Entertainment StudiosThis morning’s announcement by Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella of one of the largest layoffs in tech history, a plan to cut 18,000 jobs, triggered a whirlwind of speculation about the future of the fledgling Xbox Entertainment Studios. In a memo, Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft’s Xbox division and Microsoft Studios, just confirmed that the company will close the Entertainment Studios in the coming months. Nancy Tellem, Jordan Levin and some of the XES team will stay on for some time to shepherd original programming already in production, including the documentary series about technology Signal to Noise and the Halo game franchise extensions, digital feature Halo: Nightfall and the Halo TV series, which will continue as planned with Microsoft’s 343 Industries and Amblin. Xbox also will continue to support and deliver interactive sports content like ‘NFL on Xbox.’ XBox’s app partnerships are not impacted.
The demise of Xbox Entertainment Studios underscores how hard it is for tech companies, especially of the scale of Microsoft, to get into the content business. The decision appears sudden as just a couple of months ago, Xbox Entertainment Studios unveiled a very extensive first development slate, which included dramas, live-action and animated comedies, unscripted and event series. Levin was brought in as EVP in charge of development only six months ago.
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Video Game Adaptations, Drama, Comedy, Reality, Animation & Event Series On Xbox Entertainment Studios’ Development Slate

By | Monday April 28, 2014 @ 6:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Xbox Entertainment Studios Xbox is stepping up its efforts to become an original programming player in the digital space with its first development slate, which includes dramas, live-action and animated comedies, unscripted and event series. The company first signaled its entrance into original programming at the unveiling of Xbox One a year ago when Xbox Entertainment Studios president Nancy Tellem announced a drama series based on the popular video game Halo age of empires 2with Steven Spielberg executive producing. That project is still in a development/deal-making stage, but Xbox is moving forward with several other game titles which it plans to turn into series — both scripted and unscripted — Age Of Empires, State Of Decay, Fable, Forza Motorsport and Gears Of War. The announcement was made at a presentation Tellem and Xbox’s newly appointed EVP Jordan Levin held last week. The two also confirmed that a second Halo digital feature, a follow-up to Forward Unto Dawn, is going into production next month with Ridley Scott producing and Sergio Mimica-Gezzan directing.

Related: Atari’s 1983 ‘E.T.’ Game Cover-Up Unearthed By Xbox Docu Crew

Xbox Entertainment Studios’ development slate includes script orders to Deadlands, a genre-bending alternative history of the Weird West based on the successful pen-and-paper role-playing game created by Shane Lacy Hensley; and to gun-machineGun Machine, a hardboiled detective thriller based on the bestselling novel by Warren Ellis, with Brett Conrad (The Killing) set to write the script and exec produce alongside Ellis. On the comedy side, Xbox Entertainment Studios has ordered a pilot for a comedy/variety half-hour project with JASH, a comedy collective founded by Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera, Tim and Eric and Reggie Watts. In each episode, a different comedian will host a show featuring someone that makes them laugh, with the pilot, hosted by Silverman, set to begin filming in June. Xbox Entertainment Studios also has teamed with Seth Green and Matt Senreich, creators of stop-animation series Robot Chicken, for Extraordinary Believers, a hybrid stop-motion/live-action improv series, which is filming a pilot. On the unscripted side, the company has ordered a pilot for Fearless, starring Paul de Gelder, an Australian Navy bomb clearance diver and shark attack survivor who helps people that are risking their lives to make the world a better place. On the event series front, Xbox has Winterworld, a limited live-action series based on IDW Entertainment’s graphic novel series. Read More »

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Xbox Entertainment Studios Partners With Channel 4 For Drama Series ‘Humans’

By | Monday April 7, 2014 @ 1:05am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

real-humans41In what marks the first official scripted series green light for Xbox Entertainment Studios, the entertainment arm of Microsoft’s XBox has teamed with UK broadcaster Channel 4  to co-produce Humans. The drama, which has received an eight-episode order, hails from UK production company, Kudos (Broadchurch), which has been developing the project, an adaptation of Swedish series Real Humans (watch trailer below), for more than three years. Humans will begin production in the summer for a premiere on the Xbox platform in North America and Channel 4 in the UK in 2015. Read More »

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Media Heavyweights Set For Paley Center’s International Council Summit

By | Thursday September 12, 2013 @ 10:53am PDT

The Paley Center for Media‘s International Council Summit will be held November 21st & 22nd in New York. The theme of this year’s event is “The Data Overthrow.” It will explore and debate new business, advertising, and distribution models in today’s age of unprecedented access to information about consumers and their interaction with content. Google chairman Eric Schmidt will give the keynote address. Featured speakers from a cross-section of businesses include Chinese entrepreneur Bruno Wu; Microsoft entertainment and digital president Nancy Tellem; John Skipper, co-chairman of Disney Media Networks Group and president of ESPN; Maker Studios‘ Ynon Kreiz; Twitter chief media scientist Deb Roy; FTC commissioner Julie Brill; BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti; Star India CEO Uday Shankar; and Ronnie Screwvala, managing director of The Walt Disney Company India, among others. Key topics will be how Big Data’s growth affects the creative process and disrupts the media industry, as well as the longterm impacts. The sessions will be live-streamed at www.paleycenter.org/ic.

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What Steve Ballmer’s Departure Means For Microsoft In Hollywood

By | Friday August 23, 2013 @ 4:16pm PDT

David Bloom is a contributor to Deadline.

Microsoft’s announcement this morning that Steve Ballmer, the oldest of the old guard at what was once the biggest of the big tech companies, is leaving as CEO should be a major deal in Hollywood as well as Silicon Valley. After all, Ballmer and the tech giant he’s helped run for more than three decades have spent billions of dollars on countless entertainment-related initiatives trying to take their tech success to Tinseltown, including the latest big hire of former CBS network chief Nancy Tellem as president of Microsoft’s entertainment and digital media division. But will Hollywood notice Ballmer’s departure? Not really. He doesn’t even do the big CES keynote address anymore. And Hollywood’s likely indifference says a lot about Ballmer, Microsoft and the challenges the entire tech industry continues to have in decrypting Hollywood (and to be fair, vice versa).

Related: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer To Retire Within Next Year

At the May unveiling of the Xbox One, Tellem got on stage to say her unit is producing video programming for the console across every genre. She intimated that the studio’s programming would move far beyond traditional television, to take full advantage of the connectivity, motion-detection, emotion-detection and other interactive capabilities of the Xbox One. Less clear is whether that interactive programming will find an audience, especially given Xbox One’s high price, poor E3 showing and competition from a new Sony device and lots of far cheaper and more mobile alternatives. Audience sizes, especially in the first couple of years of the new console, will almost certainly be uncomfortably small for yet another expensive entertainment venture.

To head off some of that, as Deadline’s Nikki Finke and David Lieberman wrote, Ballmer recently joined Tellem on a series of meetings with Hollywood big-shots. The June trip was designed to both test support for their programming initiatives and build more interest among talent, dealmakers and producers. What hasn’t surfaced is whether those conversations have turned into anything substantive.

Related: Nancy Tellem Talks Xbox Entertainment Studios, Finally
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Nancy Tellem Replaces Peter Liguori On MGM Board

By | Wednesday August 14, 2013 @ 1:24pm PDT

CEO Gary Barber told MGM’s private investors that Tribune CEO Peter Liguori left the studio’s board so he could spend more time dealing with his company. He took charge of Tribune in January. Last month the company said that it will spend $2.73B on television station owner Local TV  – which Liguori called a “transformational acquisition” — and spin off its publishing assets. The seat that the former Fox and Discovery exec held has gone to another Hollywood veteran: Microsoft’s entertainment and digital media President Nancy Tellem. Barber called the former No. 2 at CBS “a great addition.” Microsoft is eager to persuade movie and TV producers to develop interactive programming that could be used with its voice- and gesture-controlled Xbox One game console. Barber announced the change in a conference call to discuss MGM’s Q2 earnings.

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Xbox Entertainment Studios’ Latest Hire Is Former Mandeville Films Exec

By | Monday July 8, 2013 @ 5:55pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Microsoft’s nascent unit run by Nancy Tellem continues to staff up, with Albert Page signing on as VP Creative. Before joining Xbox Entertainment Studios, he was SVP Production and Development at Mandeville Films, where he developed films including The Proposal and Best Picture Oscar nominee The Fighter. Page’s résumé also includes a stint at The Alchemist Transmedia Company, where he developed global brand strategies and multiplatform original content for clients including Coca-Cola. Based in L.A., he will report to Lydia Antonini, SVP Creative for Xbox Entertainment Studios. The new division last month hired Elan Lee as Chief Design Officer. Two weeks before that, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer came to town to get TV moguls and agents up to speed on the new Xbox One’s capabilities.

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Elan Lee Named Chief Design Officer For Nancy Tellem’s Xbox Entertainment Studios

By | Thursday June 20, 2013 @ 10:42am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: A week-plus after Microsoft launched its more entertainment-focused Xbox One, Elan Lee has been tapped as Chief Design Officer at Xbox Entertainment Studios, the unit run since September by former CBS Inc. No. 2 Nancy Tellem. After starting his career at Microsoft Game Studios as Lead Designer on the original Xbox, he left to co-found and serve as VP of 42 Entertainment, the company behind the immersive “Why So Serious?” campaign for The Dark Knight. After that he launched Fourth Wall Studios, where he was Chief Creative Officer. Based in Los Angeles, Lee will report to Tellem.

Related: Michele DiLorenzo & Jada Miranda Among Nancy Tellem’s First Top Executive Hires At XBox Entertainment Studios

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UPDATE: Steve Ballmer Treks To Hollywood To Tout Xbox One To TV Moguls And Agents

EXCLUSIVE 10 AM… UPDATEd 12:30 PM : Deadline has learned the meetings were an intimate preview of the new Xbox One capabilities before next week’s E3 confab where secretive Microsoft will unveil details of the device’s technology. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was escorted by his entertainment studios president Nancy Tellem for the visit late last week to lobby her closest Hollywood pals: her former boss CBS chief Les Moonves, Sony TV boss Steve Mosko, and WME co-CEOS Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell. It’s all part of Ballmer’s effort to drum up exclusive content after Microsoft intends to launch 40+ new voice-controlled customized TV and entertainment apps on Xbox One. But it was also more, one insider tells Deadline, “to reiterate Microsoft’s commitment to transitioning its business to devices and services and to explaining that Hollywood entertainment is a big part of that. Microsoft in the past has just dipped a toe but now has a real commitment.” Tellem wanted to give Ballmer 3 different perspective: the broadcaster, the independent producer, and the agent. Deadline has learned that Ballmer touted “what we could do with” the Xbox One in sports, music, reality and scripted programming, promising execs that they’d see more sophisticated technology and that his company “doesn’t want to be a cable channel”. He also met Tellem’s Santa Monica team for the first time and outlined his vision for a new Xbox One world. Ballmer’s trip to Hollywood will only anger more hard-core gamers who already were miffed by Microsoft’s focus on entertainment when it unveiled the product on May 21. (Xbox One will be on store shelves later this year). The hard-core gamers fear Microsoft sees its new Xbox One more as a souped-up Internet-connected, voice- and motion-controlled cable box than a next-gen gaming console.  Read More »

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Next-Gen Xbox One Unveiled With Content Including Spielberg-Produced ‘Halo’ Series

By | Tuesday May 21, 2013 @ 11:47am PDT

David Bloom is a Deadline contributor

Microsoft finally unveiled the Xbox One, its next-generation successor to the Xbox 360 game console, with an impressive demonstration of a voice- and gesture-controlled device focused more on integrating and controlling all kinds of entertainment and social capabilities far beyond just playing videogames. The #XboxReveal event at Microsoft’s Seattle-area campus included the announcement by Xbox Entertainment Studios President Nancy Tellem that Steven Spielberg will create a new live-action TV show based on the “Halo” game franchise. In a video, Spielberg, a longtime game fan who also oversaw the launch of the DreamWorks Interactive game studio in the 1990s, briefly said “the Halo universe is an amazing opportunity to be at an intersection where technology and myth-making converge.”

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Nancy Tellem Talks Microsoft’s Xbox Entertainment Studios, Finally

By | Tuesday February 12, 2013 @ 4:34am PST

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Nancy Tellem has always been a pioneer, first as a woman in the traditional TV entertainment biz and then as #2 to Les Moonves at CBS Inc. When she transitioned to a consulting role in January 2010, Tellem indulged her passion for the digital world full-time. Meetings with Microsoft to discuss CBS/CW evolved until June 2012 when, after three months of negotiations, Microsoft announced her appointment as Entertainment & Digital Media president. Now she’s expanding her turf while Microsoft expands its entertainment footprint. At the ’D: Dive Into Media’ industry event late Monday, she spilled about her vision for entertainment on Xbox and about her new Los Angeles-based Xbox Entertainment Studios. But Microsoft and innovation do not go hand in hand: it’s been a digital slowpoke from the beginning and now can’t even make a decent computer operating system. Not only is Windows 8 a bomb, but its brand new Surface tablet is a bust. Which leads us to successful Xbox.

Tellem said that, during 2013, Microsoft is planning to launch more than 40 new voice-controlled customized TV and entertainment apps on Xbox. “We want to partner with the Industry to bring entertainment into a new era,” she told the panel. “It’s an era when interactive entertainment becomes the greatest form of all entertainment – and we couldn’t be more excited to play a part in it.” Read More »

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Nancy Tellem Joins Microsoft As Entertainment & Digital Media President

By | Tuesday September 18, 2012 @ 12:48pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

After three months of negotiations, Microsoft today announced the appointment of former top CBS executive Nancy Tellem as Entertainment & Digital Media president.

Related: Microsoft In Talks With Nancy Tellem For Top Entertainment Post

Tellem will oversee the launch of a newly created production studio in Los Angeles that will develop interactive and linear content for Xbox and other devices. In addition to running the production studio, she will help spearhead the company’s efforts to turn Xbox into a leading entertainment platform. She will report to Phil Spencer, corporate VP, Microsoft Studios. “The Xbox is already a consumer favorite, and we now have a tremendous opportunity to transform it into the center of all things entertainment — from games, music and fitness to news, sports, live events, television series and movies — so consumers have one destination for all their entertainment needs,” Tellem said. “I look forward to building a studio team that embraces the challenges of creating true interactive content that the Xbox platform supports and to work with talent to create content that will change the way entertainment content is experienced and delivered.” Read More »

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Microsoft In Talks With Nancy Tellem For Top Entertainment Post

By | Tuesday June 26, 2012 @ 3:30pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Nancy Tellem Xbox LiveEXCLUSIVE: Microsoft is taking a major step towards growing its entertainment footprint. I’ve learned that the software giant is in talks with former top CBS TV executive and now CBS consultant Nancy Tellem for a high level post, in which she would lead Microsoft’s expanded efforts in entertainment. Details on the position are still sketchy as I hear negotiations are still in early stages and an agreement is probably several weeks away, but it is believed to be a broad position overseeing creative and business partnerships as well as the production of original content across Microsoft platforms, including the flagship Xbox Live game and video service. Tellem would not comment.

Microsoft had been toying with the idea of a bigger entertainment presence for awhile and began quietly looking for an entertainment executive late last year when it hired Tom Schneider, a partner at Stratis LLC, to conduct a search. Microsoft aimed high, going primarily after top-level TV executives, with Marc Graboff, Peter Liguori, Jeff Gaspin and Brian Graden said to be among those considered for the role. (Graboff has since taken the helm of CORE Media, form. CKX) Because of its hefty goals, Microsoft reportedly didn’t set a timeline for the hire or didn’t even commit to necessarily getting someone on board, making it contingent on finding the right person.

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Mark Pedowitz Poised To Get Top CW Job

By | Sunday March 20, 2011 @ 12:00pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Veteran TV executive-turned-producer Mark Pedowitz is expected to succeed departing CW entertainment president Dawn Ostroff as head of the network. Word is that Pedowitz, who spent 19 years at Disney-ABC, including serving as president of ABC Studios for five years, has been identified as the person for the job by the two entities that co-own the CW: CBS and Warner Bros. Additionally, the CW’s EVP drama development, Thom Sherman, is expected to get a larger creative role, possibly also overseeing unscripted programming.

No deal with Pedowitz is in place yet but making one would not be a problem as Pedowitz is already in the Warner Bros fold — his Pine Street Entertainment is based at Warner Bros TV with a first-look deal. Pedowitz is said to be very close with Warner Bros TV Group president Bruce Rosenblum who, along with  CBS’ Nancy Tellem, led the search for a new CW topper. The CW is overseen by a four-person board: Rosenblum, Warner Bros Entertainment CEO Barry Meyer, CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves and Tellem, who kept her CW oversight role when she moved to the Senior Adviser position a year ago, with Rosenblum and Tellem as frontline supervisors. Pedowitz also has had a working relationship with the top CBS brass as under him ABC Studios produced two series for the eye network, Criminal Minds and Ghost Whisperer.

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CBS’ Nancy Tellem Joins All3Media Board

By | Sunday November 28, 2010 @ 2:43am PST

The ex-president of the CBS Network Television Group who’s now a CBS Inc consultant has become a non-executive director of the UK’s largest group of independent production companies. Tellem joins All3Media at an interesting time. The company is the last big independent UK TV producer left on the market. It’s expected to be sold next year to either a Hollywood studio anxious to get more into global TV production — such as Time Warner or Sony – or Brit broadcaster ITV, which needs to beef up its in-house production. Financiers I’ve spoken to expect the price tag to be around £500 million ($788 million). All3Media produces Undercover Boss for CBS and Skins for MTV.

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COMCAST-NBCU: Ted Harbert And Bob Greenblatt To Run NBC, Pat Fili-Krushel Also Coming, Fired Jeff Zucker Weeping

UPDATES New Comcast/NBCU Organizational Structure

2ND UPDATE: Comcast’s new NBC Universal boss Steve Burke is supposed to finalize his new organizational structure and announce it today. We’d told you previously that Ted Harbert, president and CEO of the Comcast Entertainment Group, might be getting a big new job: it’s alongside former Showtime entertainment president Bob Greenblatt, and the two men will run NBC as equals reporting to Burke. Harbert will oversee stations, affiliates, and sales in NYC while Greenblatt will run programming and possibly marketing as well in LA. These are just two of the big changes that couldn’t wait for FCC regulatory approval, not if NBC wanted to have a development season. As it is Greenblatt and Harbert may not physically take the reins at NBC until mid-January, sources tell us, which is late for this pilot season. ”It’s going to be a long, steep, uphill climb in a tough world,” one insider described to us. “At least those GE boobs will be out of the way.” Meanwhile, sources tell us that fired NBC Universal boss Jeff Zucker has been holding mini town hall meetings with company employees and in two different gatherings started crying and had to stop to re-compose himself. Yesterday was the latest breakdown. Last week, he actually closed his office door and cried.

The NBC operations job was previously discussed with chairman and CEO of Fox Networks Group Tony Vinciquerra and CBS Corp’s Nancy Tellem who we’re told “agonized over the decision and went back and forth and wound up somewhere inbetween” after talking to Burke and Greenblatt about it. Sources tell us that Tellem wanted Greenblatt to report to her, but Burke made it clear he had made a commitment that Greenblatt would have unfettered access to him. So Tellem kept pondering until Burke moved on without her in the past 10 days.

Also in the mix will be Pat Fili-Krushel, the former president of the ABC television network and most recently EVP of Administration of Time Warner Inc. She’ll be taking over NBCU’s HR, legal, and other administrative areas. In her role with Time Warner, she worked closely with the other members of Time Warner’s senior management team and its operating divisions on a variety of organizational, developmental and diversity issues. Her responsibilities included oversight of philanthropy, corporate social responsibility, corporate human resources, worldwide recruitment, employee development and growth, compensation and benefits, and security. Burke knew Fili-Krushel from his days at Disney/ABC.

Comcast Programming group president Jeff Shell will be based in London in an international post. NBC cable’s Bonnie Hammer will oversee USA, Syfy, and E!, while Lauren Zalaznick will run Bravo, Oxygen, and Style. We also hear that G4 will mostly likely go to Hammer, and Telemundo to Zalaznick. Sources tell us that today’s announcement won’t mention Angela Bromsted who may or may not survive all these changes, depending on the source, or that eventually Greenblatt may possibly bring in outsiders including Jennifer Nicholson Salke and Danielle Gelber. Read More »

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New Comcast/NBCU Organizational Structure

8TH UPDATE: Comcast is clearing the way for its pending announcement of the new NBC Universal top executive structure. Jeff Gaspin, who had felt more and more as the odd man out in Comcast’s plans for the post-merger NBCU, just sent out a note to NBC Universal employees announcing that he will depart the company following its merger with Comcast after he and new NBCU CEO Steve Burke “could not agree on an appropriate role” for him in the new company. Gaspin had 4 years left on his contract, which was breached by the merger and Burke replacing Jeff Zucker. Gaspin was furious when a report last week claimed he was gone because it wasn’t true: in fact the two men hadn’t made that decision yet even though everyone guessed that’d be the ultimate conclusion because it’s known that Burke wants to decrease the media company’s layers of management. Gaspin has spent a combined 19 years at NBCU, most recently as chairman of NBC Universal TV Entertainment. “I want to thank Jeff for his many significant contributions to NBCU and for his professionalism throughout the integration process,” Burke said in a statement. After sending the memo, Gaspin gathered his senior executive team for an emotional meeting.

EXCLUSIVE… 6TH & 7TH UPDATE:  Jeff Gaspin is flying on an NBC Universal corporate jet from NYC back to LA right now and is telling fellow passengers that a report he is leaving the company is “not accurate”. As we’ve been saying all along, there are a lot of moving parts to this NBCU organizational restructure, and a lot hasn’t been pinned down yet. Gaspin, who is NBCU Television Group President/COO, falls into that category. We’ve learned that he hasn’t had a “definitive conversation” with Comcast about his future yet. And the fact is that, as of today, his future has not been decided. “It may turn out to be true that he leaves. And he’s preparing for it. But it’s not true right now,” an insider just told us.

EXCLUSIVE… 5TH UPDATE: We’ve confirmed that onetime CBS bigwig and now consultant Nancy Tellem has indeed been in formal talks with Comcast brass about taking a top job at NBC alongside Robert Greenblatt. The idea was that he would be in charge of creative, and she would fill a parallel NYC-based network president-type job. Both would report to new NBC Universal CEO Steve Burke. As we reported Comcast hopes to announce the new NBC Universal organizational structure — one which now may or may not include Jeff Gaspin who got on a plane Monday for NYC Monday to meet with Comcast brass. About Tellem, “Comcast is talking to her. Nothing has been decided yet though because there are still ongoing issues. But people are trying to work through those issues,” one insider told us. ”She wants to do it. She just has to make sure the job is right.” Tellem was among half a dozen top-level broadcast executives (including Fox Network Group Chairman/CEO Tony Vinciquerra) approached by Burke some months ago after the Comcast/NBC deal was announced. Tellem was most recently boss of the bulk of CBS Inc’s entertainment operations until she stepped down in December 2009 to become Senior Advisor To The CEO.

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