Peter Chernin Mints Himself Some More Media Money

What a happy camper! (Too bad we hate happy campers!)

Lookit that picture up there, kids. Just look at it. Damn that boy looks pleased.

And why not? After a zillion years (well, over 20 for sure) as the world’s highest paid assistant (to Rupert Murdoch, no less), Mr. Chernin left his $15,000,000+ a year gig as President of News Corp. and formed the Chernin Group, forming all kinds of cool alliances with Fox, Dreamworks, and lesser entities. No more Rupert butt to kiss. Yay!

Earlier this year he scored $200 million in working capital from Providence Equity Partners, possibly to fund a merger (read “takeover”) of Endemol, one of the biggest produces of reality TV in the world, and Core Media, which produces AMERICAN IDOL and SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE and, better yet, holds the licensing rights to Elvis Presley and Muhammed Ali. read article

munchman: Another 30 ROCK Producer Makes a Pilot Deal

Have you seen the credits on this babe? Amazing. I want ’em, dammit, I want ’em.

Workplace Comedy From Writer Kay Cannon & Chernin Co. Lands At Fox As Put Pilot by Nellie Andreeva

In her first stab at development, hot young comedy writer-producer Kay Cannon (30 Rock) has landed a put pilot commitment at Fox for a female-centered workplace comedy from 20th Century Fox TV and studio-based Chernin Entertainment. Described as in the vein of Mary Tyler Moore, the single-camera comedy is set in the offices of an NFL-Sunday-type show and has a strong female lead at the center. In addition to writing, Cannon will executive produce with Peter Chernin and Katherine Pope. read article