Advanced Television

Zucker: Digital distribution became preoccupation

March 3, 2011

By Colin Mann

Jeff Zucker, who stood down as President and CEO of NBC Universal earlier this year upon completion of the merger with cable giant Comcast, has admitted that when he took on the top job at the media group, the names of such online players as Netflix and Hulu weren’t part of the company’s lexicon, but said that by the end of his tenure, “that’s all we thought about.”

He told delegates at the FT Digital Media and Broadcasting Conference that an operation such as digital movie distribution service Hulu would not have been possible if studio majors were involved. “We couldn’t have done it ourselves because of anti-trust laws,” he said.

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