—NBCUniversal has launched the NBCUniversal
Technology Center, a technology center located in Englewood
Cliffs, N.J., which will be the new center for the company’s core
technology team, as well as the home of the new Media Labs operation.
NBCUniversal invested approximately $17 million in building the 63,000-square-foot facility and serves as a complement to NBCUniversal’s
previously announced investments in the infrastructure of its New York operations.
The NBCUniversal Technology Center features an open design with collaboration technologies to assist in
cocreation among the company’s offices around the globe. It has a
“Technology Show Lab,” equipped with the latest
mobile, virtualization, big data platforms and emerging
technologies such as Comcast’s “xfinity” platform,
which gives employees, start-ups, and industry technology partners an
environment to experiment with the latest technologies and business models in
the content ecosystem.
“The NBCUniversal Technology Center is the perfect home for our
technology team,” said John Wallace, president of Operations and
Technical Services at NBCUniversal. “It’s been designed to
foster real creativity and collaboration, and we think it will quickly become a
key center for innovation at NBCUniversal.”
Sanjay Macwan, former chief technology officer of AT&T, will head up the office as senior vice
president and chief technology of Media Labs. In this role, Macwan will lead Media Labs,
a newly formed organization within NBCUniversal that will work with academic
research groups, start-up companies, and the global venture capital community
to accelerate technology innovations and to help develop new business models
for the company’s content delivery businesses. Media Labs will be
staffed with technology professionals from the worlds of application
strategy, mobile development, virtualization, video, and consumer-experience
technologies, according to the company. Macwan will be based at the NBCUniversal
Technology Center, and will report to Andrew Jordan, senior vice president of
International Operations & Technology for NBCUniversal.
“Sanjay brings to this new role an entrepreneurial approach to the
business, and a proven track record of successfully spotting and harnessing
emerging trends in technology in a wide range of areas,” Wallace said. “That combination makes him a perfect fit for Media
Labs, which will serve as an in-house incubator for new technology concepts
relating to our core businesses. I look forward to working closely with him as
we partner with the company’s various divisions to both anticipate
technology-driven disruptions to the business, and identify technologies that
can help drive business growth.”
During his career with AT&T, Macwan held a
number of technology and innovation roles spanning areas of mobility, cloud,
multimedia, Internet Architecture, and large scale Application Development.
Most recently he led a team of 400 engineers and technologists focused on
mobility, cloud, enterprise, emerging services, and security. He holds 14
patents, and has an additional 25 patent applications in process.