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News Wrap: Comcast Flushes Exec Perks at 30 Rock, Advertisers Love Facebook

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood June 20, 2011 at 5:14AM

New NBC Universal owner Comcast is flushing the executive perks at NBC's New York headquarters, 30 Rock. Comcast's diminishing of the previous corporate culture includes the elimination of private toilets. Top NBC suits will be moved down one floor from their current home on the 52nd, but their new offices will be smaller, more transparent, further from NBCU co-owner GE, and have communal lavatories.
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New NBC Universal owner Comcast is flushing the executive perks at NBC's New York headquarters, 30 Rock. Comcast's diminishing of the previous corporate culture includes the elimination of private toilets. Top NBC suits will be moved down one floor from their current home on the 52nd, but their new offices will be smaller, more transparent, further from NBCU co-owner GE, and have communal lavatories.

This change in the privacy of privies has some corporate history: former chief of NBC entertainment, Jeff Gaspin, had built himself a $200,000 private bathroom by his office (pictured). Those free-spending days are over. Comcast has indicated that his extravagance was a key factor in his release from the company.

Advertisers like Facebook—by about $2.19 billion. In terms of advertising revenue, Facebook has bounded ahead of Google and Yahoo as the clear ad leader on the Internet. Google will accrue $1.15 billion in display advertisements, while Yahoo will make $1.62 billion from banner ads. However, they all still fall behind compared to television, according to eMarketer research. Overall, TV makes 16% of ad revenue compared to the Internet’s 7%, according to ZenithOptimedia.

[Photo of Jeff Gaspin's $200,000 bathroom courtesy of Business Insider and Hirsch Bedner Associates.]

This article is related to: Web/Tech, Daily Read, TV, Media, Google, Facebook


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.