As President, Strategy and Commercial Growth, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, Dave Howe is responsible for identifying growth opportunities for the portfolio, both domestically and internationally, and overseeing Business Development. He is also charged with experimenting with new business models, platforms and technologies for the group which includes USA Network, SYFY, Bravo, E! Entertainment, Oxygen, Universal Kids, the Hollywood studios Universal Cable Productions and Wilshire Studios, as well as digital business Bluprint. In addition, he serves as the primary liaison between the portfolio and NBCU’s Ad Sales, Distribution and International divisions. Howe reports to Bonnie Hammer, Chairman, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment and Cable Studios, who appointed him to this newly created position in February 2016. Previously, he served as President, SYFY and Chiller.
Under Howe’s leadership, the portfolio acquired digital investment Craftsy in 2017 and within a year, rebranded and expanded the business into the lifestyle learning digital destination for creative enthusiasts and makers, Bluprint. The brand evolution features complementary and adjacent categories that champion self-expression, wellness, mindfulness, performance arts and more. Bluprint’s vast content library consists of more than 3,000 hours of original classes and produced entertainment series’ across new categories. Offering content, commerce and community with the convenience of a 24/7 delivery system, Bluprint boasts a thriving community of over 13 million members and delivers a premium experience with best-in-class instructors and like-minded creatives. Howe has executive oversight of Bluprint and is responsible for leading the growth and integration of the platform across the NBCUniversal ecosystem.
Howe joined SYFY in 2001 as head of Marketing and later became General Manager. He was named President of the network in 2008, and expanded his role to include Chiller, cable TV’s only horror network, in 2009.
During his tenure, Howe transformed SYFY into the television destination for smart and provocative science fiction entertainment, and a global brand with distribution in 87 countries. Howe spearheaded iconic network programming ranging from the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning drama series “Battlestar Galactica,” to the record breaking miniseries event “Tin Man,” to the social media sensation and hit movie franchise, “Sharknado.”
Howe also launched high profile SYFY originals “The Expanse,” “Childhood’s End,” “The Magicians,” based on Lev Grossman’s best-selling novels, the critically acclaimed “12 Monkeys,” and the futuristic thriller “Incorporated” from executive producers Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. He established a rich programming development slate in partnership with some of Hollywood’s top talents including “Brave New World” with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment and “Hyperion,” with executive producer Bradley Cooper.
Before joining SYFY, Howe spent 15 years at the BBC in London, where he is credited with building its multi-award-winning, in-house creative team.