Beth Roberts is Chief Operating Officer, Universal Cable Productions and Executive Vice President, Business Affairs, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment and Cable Studios.
In her current position, Roberts oversees operational responsibilities for the strategic and financial growth of Universal Cable Productions. Additionally, Roberts identifies key strategic initiatives in the areas of content creation and business development for the studio as well as managing day-to-day operations. She continues to be part of the studio’s four-person management team.
Along with her COO role, Roberts’ duties include oversight of business affairs for a portfolio encompassing USA Network, Syfy, E! Entertainment, G4, Sleuth, Chiller, Universal HD, UCP and E! production studios.
In her previous role as Executive Vice President, Business Affairs, Cable Entertainment and Universal Cable Productions, Roberts guided the activities of the Business Affairs divisions of USA, Syfy, Bravo, Oxygen and UCP, including brand integration and digital content initiatives.
In earlier positions at NBCU, Roberts served as Executive Vice President, Business Affairs, for the NBC Entertainment and Cable Entertainment Divisions. In that role, Roberts headed the Business Affairs department for the NBCUniversal broadcast and cable networks. She managed all network acquisitions and music services, including deals for pilots, series, specials, movies and miniseries, license fee agreements and reality programming. Prior to that position, Roberts managed the business affairs departments for NBC Network and NBC Studios as Senior Vice President.
Her other business affairs duties have included NBC Studios Business Affairs department head, supervising all talent and production negotiation for the NBC production studio, and Vice President, Business Affairs, NBC Entertainment. In that position, she was responsible for negotiating talent and program acquisitions for the NBC television network.
Roberts began her career at the company as NBC Entertainment’s Director of Business Affairs. Earlier jobs in the industry included Director, Business Affairs and Legal for UPN. Her first job in Hollywood was at the William Morris Agency, now WME Entertainment.
Beyond her executive role, Roberts is consistently ranked among the Hollywood Reporter’s Power 100 annual listing of influential female executives in the entertainment industry. Likewise, she was ranked in the top 100 in CableFAX:The Magazine’s 2008 Most Powerful Women in Cable, and named among “More Women with Clout” in CableWorld’s 2007 “Most Powerful Women in Cable” annual ranking.