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Peter Chernin inks two-year TV deal with NBCUniversal

MUMBAI: Chernin Entertainment chairman Peter Chernin is moving his company’s TV division from 20th Century Fox TV to NBCUniversal under a new two-year overall deal with NBC Entertainment and Universal Television.

Under the terms, Chernin Entertainment will still be able to independently produce for cable and other streaming platforms.

As part of the deal, Jenno Topping has been promoted to president of both film and TV for Chernin Entertainment. A head of television development and production will be announced by the company soon, as the pact follows former TV head Katherine Pope’s departure from Chernin.

The deal allows Chernin Entertainment, whose TV division produces Fox comedy ‘New Girl’, to be aligned with Universal Television and its roster of writers and producers, plus the option of producing independently for cable and other streaming platforms.

NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt said, “Peter Chernin is, without a doubt, one of the most forward-thinking and successful producers and executives in the media business today. He’s an innovator and strategist, but at the same time he loves entertaining broad audiences on a big scale with great storytelling.”

Chernin said, “This marks the fourth time that NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt and I have worked together. 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.”

Under the 20th Century Fox TV deal for five years, Chernin Entertainment launched three shows, including Kiefer Sutherland’s ‘Touch’ from Tim Kring, sitcom ‘Ben & Kate’ (which starred Dakota Johnson) and ‘New Girl’, which is going into its fifth season.

Chernin Entertainment’s film division is behind the recent ‘Planet of the Apes’ franchise, Melissa McCarthy’s ‘Spy’ plus the Golden Globe-nominated ‘St. Vincent’.

Upcoming 2016 releases include ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’, Zac Efron’s ‘Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates’ and ‘The Mountain Between us’ adaptation.