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NBCU Buttresses Business Affairs Department

The Universal Television Group, a division of NBC Universal, has bolstered its business affairs department.

Pam Schechter and Crissy Thomas-Taylor both have been promoted to vice president, while Rafael Gomez-Cabrera and Rajal Lele have joined the group as directors. 

Schechter will continue to serve as the business affairs executive handling digital entertainment for the group, as well as other NBC Universal divisions. 

For her part, Thomas-Taylor oversees brand integration and product placement for Bravo, Oxygen, Sci Fi, USA Network and the NBC Universal Digital Studio, in addition to negotiating program and talent deals. 

Gomez-Cabrera will support the digital and cable entertainment groups, while Lele will primarily support Oxygen.

“I am extremely grateful to Pam and Crissy for their tremendous, tireless efforts and proud to offer these well-deserved promotions,” said Beth Roberts, executive vice president, cable entertainment business affairs, digital and new business development, in a statement. “I am also delighted to add such strong talent as Rafael and Rajal to our ranks.”

Prior to working for NBC Universal, Schechter started a small legal practice focusing on clients in reality television. She also produced shows for various cable networks such as Discovery, Fine Living and Court TV. 

Thomas-Taylor has been with NBC Universal since 2002, when she joined NBC's program & talent contracts department. Prior to that, she held positions with DreamWorks SKG, The Kennedy/Marshall Co. and Gay Rosenthal Productions. 

Most recently, Gomez-Cabrera was senior counsel at the NBC Universal Television Group, where he worked in the program and talent contracts department, with responsibilities for network license agreements and above-the-line talent contracts. 

Lele has been with NBCU for the past four years, serving as production counsel for NBC Universal Television Distribution and also specializing in promotional marketing legal review for 10 business units.