While print media is slowly losing its rock stars, it looks like the digital world is taking a hit too. George Kliavkoff, the chief digital officer at NBC Universal and one of the people responsible for bringing Hulu into the mix, is leaving the company a year before his contract expires. He announced his resignation in a memo:
Mr. Kliavkoff gave a review of NBCU’s accomplishments since he took the chair, including developing Hulu with News Corp. and bringing in record online numbers for the Olympics. He came to NBC as its first chief digital officer in 2006, after nearly three years at MLBAM, the digital arm of MLB. He commuted to New York from Seattle for the job.
Mr. Kliavkoff said he would stay at NBCU until the end of this year, and then move on. "I believe in my heart that this is a best time to start, run, or invest in digital companies and I am very excited about moving on to my next challenge," he wrote.
Hmm, will he stay in New York to start some start-ups? We’ll find out in 2009…
I believe in my heart that this is a best time to start, run or invest in digital companies and I am very excited about moving on to my next challenge.
In the 2-plus years since I arrived, NBCU has made significant strides in digital. I want it to be clear that my group does not take credit for any of these other than having helped set a tone and create a culture where hopefully there was a new focus on, and understanding of, digital. Here are some highlights: