NBC’s Zucker: ‘We want to be in business with Apple’

“Jeff Zucker, chief executive of NBC Universal, is planning to seize on the writers’ strike to eliminate what he sees as extravagances in the way Hollywood makes and promotes television,” Joshua Chaffin reports for The Financial TImes.

Chaffin reports, “NBC and other companies have already used the strike to terminate millions of dollars of long-term production contracts. Mr Zucker is planning to go further by cutting enduring features of the television business, including the pilot season, in which networks develop programmes, and the splashy ‘upfront’ presentations in which they tout them to advertisers. ‘Things like that are all vestiges of an era that’s gone by and won’t return,’ Mr Zucker told the Financial Times.”

Chaffin reports, “Mr Zucker appears to have patched up relations with Apple after a pricing dispute last year led NBC to pull its shows from the iTunes digital media store. ‘We’ve said all along that we admire Apple, that we want to be in business with Apple,’ he said. ‘We’re great fans of Steve Jobs.'”

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Stating the desire to be in business with Apple does not equal “patched up relations.” This may, however, be a sign that Zucker and NBC are beginning to crawl back to Steve Jobs and Apple’s market-dominating iTunes Store.

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