Bonnie Hammer Promoted to President, SCI FI Channel

Apr 30, 2001, 01:00 ET from USA Cable

    NEW YORK, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Bonnie Hammer has been promoted to the
 newly-created position of president, SCI FI Channel.  The announcement was
 made today by Stephen Chao, president, USA Cable, to whom she reports.  Based
 in New York, Hammer oversees all facets of SCI FI's growing businesses,
 including programming, licensing, and marketing, and SCI FI's award-winning
 SCIFI.COM(R) web site.  Most recently, Hammer was executive vice president and
 general manager, SCI FI Channel.
     "Under her tutelage, SCI FI has shown tremendous growth, and this
 promotion is testament to Bonnie's able leadership and a harbinger of
 continued success," said Chao.
     Since Hammer took charge of SCI FI in 1998, the Channel has moved into the
 top ten of cable networks. Additionally, SCI FI's overall programming budget
 has more than doubled; distribution of the channel has gone from 50 million to
 70 million; ratings are up 29%, and viewership is up 65%.  In the past two and
 a half years, the Channel has moved from making one or two original series, to
 producing more original scripted series for cable than any other channel,
 basic or premium.
     Hammer joined the USA Networks (now USA Cable) division in 1989 and has
 been involved with all aspects of programming, including the development,
 production and supervision of original fiction, reality-based series and
 specials.  Hammer launched SCI FI's first full night of original programming,
 in 1998, and introduced a second full night in January 2001.  Signature SCI FI
 series include Farscape, The Invisible Man and Crossing Over With John Edward,
 with the recent ratings victory of the Frank Herbert's Dune miniseries marking
 another milestone for SCI FI by doubling the previous viewership record.  And,
 looking forward, the upcoming 20-hour miniseries Taken will be produced by
 Dreamworks Television for SCI FI -- with Steven Spielberg publicly stating
 that SCI FI was his first choice as a home to develop the project.
     "This is an exciting opportunity.  We have a great team in place, poised
 to take SCI FI to the next stage in its ratings growth and distribution," said
 Hammer.  "We are aggressively developing original programming which will
 further define and sharpen our brand identity.  Our goal is to make SCI FI the
 definitive home for both classic and cutting-edge science fiction."
     Prior to joining USA, Hammer was a programming executive at Lifetime
 Television Network, where she launched the network's award-winning documentary
 series, Signature Series.  The 1988 documentary, Gangs: Not My Kid, garnered
 Hammer the Women in Film Festival's Lillian Gish Award, the Cine Golden Eagle
 and the National Association for Youth's Mentor Award.
     SCI FI Channel, owned and operated by USA Cable, a division of USA
 Networks, Inc.'s (Nasdaq:   USAI) Entertainment unit, transmits fantastic images
 to over 70 million human homes. Launched in 1992, SCI FI features a continuous
 stream of cinematic hits, new and original series, and special events, as well
 as classic sci-fi, fantasy, and horror programming.  Check out SCIFI.COM(R),
 the SCI FI Channel's award-winning Web site, at http://www.scifi.com.
     USA Cable, a division of USA Networks, Inc.'s (Nasdaq:   USAI) Entertainment
 unit, consists of the top-rated USA Network, cable television's leading
 provider of original series and feature movies, sports events, off-net
 television shows and blockbuster theatrical films; SCI FI Channel, now a
 top-10 cable network in primetime, featuring cinematic hits, new and original
 series, and special events, as well as classic sci-fi, fantasy, and horror
 programming and an award-winning Web site, SCIFI.COM; and the newest additions
 to USA Cable: TRIO and Newsworld International (NWI).
 
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    NEW YORK, April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Bonnie Hammer has been promoted to the
 newly-created position of president, SCI FI Channel.  The announcement was
 made today by Stephen Chao, president, USA Cable, to whom she reports.  Based
 in New York, Hammer oversees all facets of SCI FI's growing businesses,
 including programming, licensing, and marketing, and SCI FI's award-winning
 SCIFI.COM(R) web site.  Most recently, Hammer was executive vice president and
 general manager, SCI FI Channel.
     "Under her tutelage, SCI FI has shown tremendous growth, and this
 promotion is testament to Bonnie's able leadership and a harbinger of
 continued success," said Chao.
     Since Hammer took charge of SCI FI in 1998, the Channel has moved into the
 top ten of cable networks. Additionally, SCI FI's overall programming budget
 has more than doubled; distribution of the channel has gone from 50 million to
 70 million; ratings are up 29%, and viewership is up 65%.  In the past two and
 a half years, the Channel has moved from making one or two original series, to
 producing more original scripted series for cable than any other channel,
 basic or premium.
     Hammer joined the USA Networks (now USA Cable) division in 1989 and has
 been involved with all aspects of programming, including the development,
 production and supervision of original fiction, reality-based series and
 specials.  Hammer launched SCI FI's first full night of original programming,
 in 1998, and introduced a second full night in January 2001.  Signature SCI FI
 series include Farscape, The Invisible Man and Crossing Over With John Edward,
 with the recent ratings victory of the Frank Herbert's Dune miniseries marking
 another milestone for SCI FI by doubling the previous viewership record.  And,
 looking forward, the upcoming 20-hour miniseries Taken will be produced by
 Dreamworks Television for SCI FI -- with Steven Spielberg publicly stating
 that SCI FI was his first choice as a home to develop the project.
     "This is an exciting opportunity.  We have a great team in place, poised
 to take SCI FI to the next stage in its ratings growth and distribution," said
 Hammer.  "We are aggressively developing original programming which will
 further define and sharpen our brand identity.  Our goal is to make SCI FI the
 definitive home for both classic and cutting-edge science fiction."
     Prior to joining USA, Hammer was a programming executive at Lifetime
 Television Network, where she launched the network's award-winning documentary
 series, Signature Series.  The 1988 documentary, Gangs: Not My Kid, garnered
 Hammer the Women in Film Festival's Lillian Gish Award, the Cine Golden Eagle
 and the National Association for Youth's Mentor Award.
     SCI FI Channel, owned and operated by USA Cable, a division of USA
 Networks, Inc.'s (Nasdaq:   USAI) Entertainment unit, transmits fantastic images
 to over 70 million human homes. Launched in 1992, SCI FI features a continuous
 stream of cinematic hits, new and original series, and special events, as well
 as classic sci-fi, fantasy, and horror programming.  Check out SCIFI.COM(R),
 the SCI FI Channel's award-winning Web site, at http://www.scifi.com.
     USA Cable, a division of USA Networks, Inc.'s (Nasdaq:   USAI) Entertainment
 unit, consists of the top-rated USA Network, cable television's leading
 provider of original series and feature movies, sports events, off-net
 television shows and blockbuster theatrical films; SCI FI Channel, now a
 top-10 cable network in primetime, featuring cinematic hits, new and original
 series, and special events, as well as classic sci-fi, fantasy, and horror
 programming and an award-winning Web site, SCIFI.COM; and the newest additions
 to USA Cable: TRIO and Newsworld International (NWI).
 
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