Katherine Pope eyes Fox prod'n firm

Ex-chief of NBC TV studio in talks with Peter Chernin

Katherine Pope is in talks with outgoing News Corp. president and COO Peter Chernin about joining the TV production company he is setting up at Fox, sources said.

Chernin is set to give up his corporate post when his contract expires on June 30 and is finalizing a rich film and TV production deal as part of his exit from News Corp.

Pope is already in the Fox fold, serving as a consulting producer on the Fox/20th TV midseason drama series "Lie to Me."

Pope, the former head of NBC Universal's Universal Media Studios, worked on such series as "30 Rock," "Heroes" and "House."