After eight years with NBCUniversal, most recently as Group SVP Communications, USA Network & Syfy, Katherine Nelson will be leaving the company at the end of the month.
Nelson’s departure was expected in light of the major restructuring of NBCUniversal TV and streaming operations last fall which left her with no suitable executive role and which led to the departure of the main programmers with whom she was worked closely, Chris McCumber, Bill McGoldrick and Dawn Olmstead.
A seasoned and respected public relations manager, Nelson has held her most recent role since 2016, overseeing corporate communications, advertising, talent relations, events and awards for the United States and Syfy. From 2017 to 2020, Nelson also oversaw communications and marketing for UCP. She has led national advertising for all scripted and unscripted series and specials, and has overseen live and digital events, including screenings, festivals, press conferences, junkets, red carpets, TCA, Comic-Cons and more.
Nelson previously served as SVP Communications for the former NBCU Cable Entertainment Esquire Network, where she developed and oversaw the communications strategy for the network’s launch in September 2013. She joined the transport company’s NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment space of Elon Musk, SpaceX, where she served as vice president. , marketing and communications.
Prior to SpaceX, Nelson spent more than 20 years in the television industry, most notably as vice president of communications for Discovery Channel. During her tenure, she led communications planning, media outreach and award campaigns for series and specials, including MythBusters, dirty jobs and Earth, among others.