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Peter Chernin
Chernin Peter
Production Roles Executive Producer
Credits Series

Peter Chernin is the former 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.

Chernin was born in Harrison, New York and was born to a Jewish family. 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.

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 was going to leave his position at News Corp. by June 2009, when his contract expired, and be 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.

Two of his sons, David and John Chernin are writers for the FX Original series, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

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