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Peter Chernin

Peter Chernin, 2007
Born 29 May 1951 (1951-05-29) (age 58)
Harrison, New York
Occupation Independent Media Executive

Peter Chernin (Russian: Пётр Чернин, or Pyotr Chernin, born May 29, 1951) was until June 30, 2009 President and Chief Operating Officer of News Corporation, and Chairman and CEO of Fox Entertainment Group. He is also a Corporate Director for American Express.

Life and career

Chernin was born in Harrison, New York.and he is Jewish He earned a B.A. in English literature from UC Berkeley. According to The New York Times he is a major fund raiser for Senator Hillary Clinton.[1]

Chernin is currently a board member of Malaria No More, a New York-based nonprofit that was launched at the 2006 White House Summit with the goal of ending all deaths caused by malaria.

Widely considered one of the most powerful media executives in the world, Chernin has been credited in particular with the success of Fox's cable operations. Prior to joining Fox, Chernin was president and COO of Lorimar Film Entertainment. His other executive roles include positions at Showtime/The Movie Channel, Warner Books and St. Martin's Press.

It was rumored in the media that he will leave his current position at News Corp. by June 2009, when his contract expires, and replaced in his current position by James Murdoch, the media executive youngest son of Rupert Murdoch. On February 24, 2009, the Wall Street Journal reported that Peter Chernin would leave News Corporation, effective June 30. However, his position at News Corporation would not be immediately filled, with Rupert Murdoch serving in his capacity in the interim. On June 4, 2009 Chase Carey was named as Chernin's successor.

After his departure from News Corporation, Chernin begun his own production company, titled Chernin Entertainment.[2][3][4]


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  2. ^ "Not the heir, apparently: Peter Chernin, number two at News Corporation, holds the key to a smooth Murdoch family succession". The Economist. 2007-12-13. Retrieved 2008-10-09. "Mr Murdoch may nevertheless try to bring James to America to fill Mr Chernin's job, or something close to it, in 2009."  
  3. ^ Siklos, Richard (2008-08-08). "The COO's dilemma: Peter Chernin, News Corp.'s No. 2, has a big job, a big paycheck, a big (and growing) profile - and a contract that's coming up for renewal". Fortune. Retrieved 2008-10-09. "'Rupert has always been very straightforward with me about this,' said Chernin, who's been at News Corp. for 20 years. 'And based on that, I think I would only have an opportunity to feel wronged if I had been given false promises, which I haven't.'"  
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