USN is the international cable networks arm of Universal Television
Group. Matson will oversee all new development initiatives for the
international networks business, as well as all areas of legal support
for the international cable networks. They include Sci Fi UK, Sci
Fi Germany, 13eme Rue (13th Street) in France, Calle 13 (13th Street)
in Spain, Studio Universal Italy, Studio Universal Germany, 13th
Street Germany, and USA Network Latin America and Brazil.
As reported earlier by Indiantelevision.com, Vivendi sold the entertainment
assets of Universal to NBC. NBC's parent General Electric's main
point of interest will be the cable networks. This will allow it
to compete with the likes of AOL Time Warner and Viacom.
USN president Patrick Vien says, "Greg has played a critical role
as chief negotiator and strategist for all our international networks
at USN. This promotion is highly deserved and I look forward to
Greg entrenching himself in both operations and the crafting of
our global expansion plans."