Chernin Entertainment Makes Two-Year TV Pact With NBCUniversal

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The division previously partnered with 20th Century Fox TV for five years.

Peter Chernin is taking his TV operation to NBCUniversal. Months after renewing his film pact with Fox, and news that his Chernin Entertainment would shop its TV division elsewhere, Chernin and NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt announced a new two-year deal on Wednesday.

In the wake of Chernin TV topper Katherine Pope moving over to Jeff Robinov’s Studio 8, Jenno Topping has been elevated to president of both film and television at Chernin. Plans also call for a head of television development and production, which will be chosen at a later date.

“Peter Chernin is, without a doubt, one of the most forward-thinking and successful producers and executives in the media business today,” said Greenblatt. “He’s an innovator and strategist, but at the same time he loves entertaining broad audiences on a big scale with great storytelling. I can’t think of anyone better to help us aggressively expand our television business and build hits for all platforms through Universal Television. He’s also been a close friend and mentor for many years and I’m personally very happy to welcome his company to the fold."

Chernin Entertainment's film output — Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, The Heat, Spy — has been much more considerable than its television stable. It launched the expensive and shortlived Terra Nova and counts Fox comedy New Girl as its most enduring run.

“This marks the fourth time that Bob and I have worked together," said Chernin. " Over that time, I can’t think of a more talented, creative and visionary executive, so I’m particularly excited to establish a studio presence at NBCU alongside his talented leadership and his industry-leading creative team. This one-of-a-kind deal provides us with the ability to develop great programing while maintaining the autonomy and flexibility we need to continue to be successful in this new era of television.”

NBC Entertainment president and head of Universal Television Jennifer Salke added, “I grew up as an executive at News Corp. under Peter’s tenure when the company was transformed into a worldwide powerhouse and I know first-hand his mastery of both the big picture and the smallest detail. On behalf of myself and Bela Bajaria, President of Universal Television, we look forward to working with him and Jenno Topping to create distinctive new television series.”