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Lauren Zalaznick has spent her entire career in media from her start as an independent feature film producer to her current role as Chairman, NBC Universal Entertainment & Digital Networks and Integrated Media. She was named Chairman in January 2011 when Comcast and GE completed their transaction, creating a joint venture consisting of NBC Universal businesses and Comcast's cable networks, regional sports networks, and certain digital properties. In this role, she oversees Bravo Media, Oxygen Media, Style, mun2, Sprout and Telemundo. Additionally, she runs the digital properties iVillage, Daily Candy, Swirl, Fandango, and the Integrated Strategic Marketing group, which includes the company-wide initiatives Green is Universal, Healthy at NBC Universal and Women at NBCU.
For the past seven years, Zalaznick held various positions within NBC Universal – most recently as the President of NBC Universal's Women & Lifestyle Entertainment Networks. She was named to that position in May 2008, when she added iVillage to her portfolio and announced the launch of Women at NBCU, a sales and marketing initiative designed to create custom solutions for advertisers seeking to connect with a highly targeted female demographic. The previous four years, Zalaznick had successfully led Bravo to each of its five record-setting best years, as Bravo transformed from a niche network into a Peabody and Emmy-Award winning, pop-culture phenomenon; while simultaneously running Oxygen since November 2007 after NBC Universal’s acquisition of the female-targeted network.
Zalaznick arrived at NBC after the network's acquisition of Universal (in May 2004) where she was the President of the critically acclaimed Universal-owned TRIO network from May 2002 – December 2005. Her first television job was at VH1 in 1994 as Vice President, Marketing & Promotion, but Zalaznick launched her career in film, producing a number of independent feature films including the Cannes and Sundance Festival award-winning films Kids, Safe, and Girls Town. She is a member of the NBC Universal Foundation board and chairs the Women@NBCU advisory board. Zalaznick also is a member of New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's MediaNYC2020 and sits on the Brown University Women's Leadership Council and the Brown University Creative Arts Council. In 2010, Fortune included her in their "50 Most Powerful Women" issue; in 2009, TIME magazine named Zalaznick one of the "TIME 100: World's Most Influential People," Vanity Fair named her to their "New Establishment" list, and she was the subject of a New York Times Magazine cover story in October 2008.
Zalaznick received her B.A. degree from Brown University -- a double major in English literature and pre-med -- and graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She currently resides in New York City with her husband and three children