NBCUniversal cuts the ribbon on Technology Center and Media Labs

Michelle Clancy | 04-02-2014

NBCUniversal has announced the launch of the NBCUniversal Technology Center, located in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

This will be the new centre for the company's core technology team, as well as the home of the new Media Labs operation, which is dedicated to working with academic research groups, start-up companies, and the global venture capital community to accelerate technology innovation and develop new business models for the company's content delivery businesses. Sanjay Macwan has been named as senior vice president and CTO at Media Labs.

The $17 million, 63,000sq ft facility houses a Technology Show Lab, equipped with the latest mobile, virtualisation, big data platforms and emerging technologies such as Comcast's Xfinity platform to give 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 centre for innovation at NBCUniversal."

Macwan joins NBCUniversal from AT&T, where he served as vice president of the AT&T Chief Technology Office and headed the CTO Technology Council.

During his career with AT&T, which began in 1992, Macwan held a number of technology and innovation roles spanning areas of mobility, cloud, multimedia, Internet architecture and large-scale application development. He holds 14 patents, and has an additional 25 patent applications in process.

Macwan is on a technology advisory council of KPCB, a top global VC firm based in Silicon Valley, and on an industry advisory board with Ericsson. He has also served on the advisory boards of the Georgia Tech Information Security Center, National Association of State CIOs (NASCIO), and start-ups such as Arcturus and Mu Dynamics (acquired by Spirent).

He holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Computer Science from Polytechnic University in New York. He is also a graduate of the ASIS/Security Executive Development Program from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and has earned an MBA PowerPak from Northeastern University.