NBC Universal is set to announce as early as Tuesday that TV group chief Jeff Zucker will succeed Bob Wright as CEO of the media giant.
NBC Uni executives were working during Super Bowl weekend to prepare for the formal handover at a news conference here Tuesday or Wednesday, sources said.
The CEO transition from Wright to Zucker has been in progress for months, so much so that it has been an open secret within NBC Uni and in industry circles.
The confirmation of Zucker’s promotion is expected to be followed within a few weeks by news of a reorganization of some NBC Uni TV Group operations to fill the void of Zucker’s departure as CEO of that unit. Among those expected to expand their turf in the post-Wright transition are key Zucker lieutenants Jeff Gaspin, who heads the fast-growing cable and digital content initiatives as president NBC Uni Cable Entertainment, digital content and cross-network strategy; Marc Graboff, who is Zucker’s right hand in overseeing all of NBC Uni’s West Coast business and administrative operations as president NBC Universal Television, West Coast; and programming chief Kevin Reilly, president NBC Entertainment.
Insiders said that Zucker and Wright were preparing for a speedy transition period, contrary to earlier speculation that Wright would remain in his post through the fall. NBC Uni representatives declined comment on the matter Sunday.