Hollywood Reporter names Westporter 'most powerful woman' in entertainment
Hammer, 64, is chairwoman of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment -- a division of NBCUniversal -- where she oversees the media giant's 10 cable entertainment networks, including USA, Bravo, Syfy, E! Entertainment, Oxygen, Sprout and Esquire Network, as well as two Hollywood production studios, according to Bill Brennan, vice president of communications for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment.
Brennan said Hammer is responsible for bringing viewers such programs as "Suits," "Royal Pains" and "White Collar" on USA, the "Real Housewives" franchise on Bravo and "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" on E!
The "Power 100" is a ranking by the Hollywood Reporter editors of the 100 most influential women in the entertainment industry, including the heads of Hollywood's major film studios and television networks, producers, agents, actresses and directors, he said.
Hammer is a graduate of Boston University and holds a bachelor's degree in communications and a master's degree in media and new technology.
She has been with NBCUniversal since 2004, when the company was originally formed following a deal in which NBC acquired Universal from Vivendi Universal.
Hammer and her husband, Dale Heussner, have lived in Westport for more than two decades. They have two grown children, a son, Jesse, a senior at Dartmouth College, and a daughter, KiMae, who recently became a first-time mother.
They also have a golden retriever named Garbo.