Fox, Chernin Buy Pitch From Black Listed Twin Scribes

By | Monday February 24, 2014 @ 2:48pm PST
Mike Fleming

twinsEXCLUSIVE: In an aggressive pre-emptive bid, 20th Century Fox has acquired an original pitch by identical twin screenwriters Aaron and Jordan Kandell, for mid-to-high six figures. Chernin Entertainment is producing. I’m hearing that it’s a modern fairy … Read More »

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Writers Sue Fox, Peter Chernin, WME And Others Claiming ‘New Girl’ Is A Ripoff

By | Friday January 17, 2014 @ 4:05pm PST

newgirlIn Hollywood’s latest “you stole my idea” case, a pair of screenwriters have filed a lawsuit claiming the Zooey Deschanel sitcom was based on their work. Stephanie Counts and Shari Gold claim that Fox’s New Girl and their 2006 pilot Square One contain similarities “so numerous and specific that independent creation was obviously impossible.” They name as defendants New Girl exec producer Peter Chernin, creator Elizabeth Meriwether, director Jake Kasdan, WME and Fox parent company 21st Century Fox.

Weighing in at 90-plus pages, the suit filed Thursday in California’s Central District (read it here) claims a laundry list of “similarities between the shows’ themes, structure, setting, overall story and plot arcs, specific plot devices, interpersonal twists, dialogue, sequence of events, tenor, specific scenes and elements of scenes, character identities, character personalities, character relationships, character interaction, character development, character idiosyncrasies, and character names require the conclusion that defendant Meriwether not only knew of Square One, but copied Square One to create New Girl.” The plaintiffs say their show was based on Counts’ personal experience, when she moved into a three-man bachelor pad after a divorce. Read More »

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Peter Chernin Takes Control Of Anime Provider Crunchyroll

By | Monday December 2, 2013 @ 4:49pm PST

The deal giving The Chernin Group a majority stake in Crunchyroll is a hedged bet on the future of anime — a genre that has a broad fan base but a mixed record for generating profits. Chernin Twitter copyRead More »

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Peter Chernin Still In Running For Hulu With Final Bids Due On Friday

Forget the speculation that Peter Chernin has lost interest in teaming with AT&T to bid for Hulu ahead of the Friday deadline for final offers. He and the telco will be there, along with a group that’s expected to include DirecTV, Guggenheim Digital, investment firm KKR, Silver Lake Partners with WME, and Time Warner Cable — with Yahoo a question mark. Some people began to wonder about Chernin’s intentions Monday after Fox unveiled a deal to license shows to Netfllix. The arrangement meant that Hulu lost its access to full seasons of the Chernin Entertainment-produced sitcom New Girl. (It will only be able to offer a few episodes at a time.) Yet we’re told that he’s still eager to help AT&T. Company watchers say that the telco’s intrigued by the possibility of turning Hulu into the centerpiece of a new wireless video business that would ask studios to help pay for the costs to transmit video to mobile devices. It was a coup for the company to align with Chernin who’s popular in Hollywood and helped to develop Hulu back when he was No. 2 at News Corp.  Read More »

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Pantelion Films Makes A Deal With ‘The Mexorcist’

By | Wednesday June 12, 2013 @ 6:00am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: The graphic novels about a supernatural Latino superhero haven’t even been published, but Pantelion Films isn’t waiting. The company backed by Lionsgate and Televisa picked up distribution rights … Read More »

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Obama With Bob Iger, Jim Gianopulos, & JJ Abrams At Peter Chernin Fundraisers; Jokes About Hollywood Democrat “Donor Fatigue”

By | Friday June 7, 2013 @ 1:48pm PDT

UPDATED 1:46 PM: Star attraction President Obama told some of the Hollywood’s biggest players and his biggest contributors that he understands if they’re feeling “donor fatigue” from all the Read More »

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AT&T Mulls Joint Bid For Hulu With Chernin Group

By | Thursday June 6, 2013 @ 3:10pm PDT

AT&T HuluThe free-for-all to acquire Hulu might be turning into a tag-team match. Telco titan AT&T is considering a partnership with the Chernin Group, founded and run by ex-News Corp exec Peter Chernin, to make … Read More »

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Obama Set For Peter Chernin’s June DNC Fundraiser

By | Wednesday April 24, 2013 @ 12:32pm PDT

The President isn’t running for office himself but he’s still looking for some cash from Hollywood. Barack Obama will be the main act at a lunch fundraiser at Peter Chernin’s house on June 7, Deadline has confirmed. … Read More »

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UPDATE: Hulu Starts Sale Process Again – And Peter Chernin Bids $500M For What?

By | Friday April 5, 2013 @ 6:01pm PDT

UPDATE 6 PM: Deadline has learned that Hulu is back up for sale and the bidding process is quietly underway again. Sources close to Peter Chernin confirm that he has bid $500M for Hulu but is … Read More »

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Fox 2000, Chernin Team To Acquire John Rocco’s Caldecott-Winning Book ‘Blackout’

By | Wednesday February 6, 2013 @ 4:40pm PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Fox 2000 has optioned artist and author John Rocco‘s Caldecott-winning picture book Blackout for a live action feature that will be produced by Chernin Entertainment’s Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping, and producer/manager Rob Weisbach. … Read More »

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Peter Chernin Joins Twitter’s Board

By | Thursday November 15, 2012 @ 7:10pm PST

Peter Chernin has joined the board at Twitter — in news that appropriately surfaced on the micro-blogging service. He tweeted: “I’ve been a long-time user of Twitter for news and information. Happy to be joining board of this … Read More »

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The Chernin Group Invests In YouTube Network Operator Base 79

By | Wednesday November 14, 2012 @ 2:24am PST

Peter Chernin’s media company The Chernin Group has acquired a stake in online video business Base 79, the largest YouTube network in the EMEA region. The Financial Times values TCG’s investment at about $10M in return for a 28% stake. (TCG last week secured its own investment of about $100M from Qatar Holding, which followed a nearly $200M investment from Providence Equity Partners earlier this year.) Chernin also has investments in Scopely, Tumblr and Flipboard. Base 79 has over 550 YouTube channels and more than 300 premium content partners including BBC Worldwide, Tiger Aspect and SyCo. The full press release is below:

LONDON — Base79, one of Europe’s leading online video companies and the largest YouTube network in the Europe, Middle East and Asia (EMEA) region, today announced that it has received a strategic equity investment from The Chernin Group (“TCG”), alongside continued participation from existing investor MMC Ventures. Proceeds from the round will be used to accelerate Base79’s expansion across Europe and into other global territories, to build owned-and-operated brands and channels, and to invest in the Company’s products and technology. Founded in 2007, the Company has offices in London, New York and Sydney, and has plans to increase its presence in continental Europe within the next 12 months.

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Apollo Global Eyes Merging CORE Media, Chernin Entertainment Into Endemol

By | Friday October 5, 2012 @ 12:35pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Private equity firm Apollo Global Management is looking to build one of the biggest independent content companies in the world with a potential merger of CORE Media Group and Peter Chernin’s Chernin Entertainment into Endemol.

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Peter Chernin Under Consideration For Seat On Twitter Board: Report

By | Tuesday September 25, 2012 @ 7:35am PDT

The former No. 2 to Twitter fan Rupert Murdoch is one of the top choices among the people being interviewed for the part-time gig, All Things D reports. But the site says it hears from unnamed … Read More »

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Kerry Foster Takes Film Post At Chernin Entertainment

By | Thursday August 2, 2012 @ 11:19am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Kerry Foster has joined Chernin Entertainment as an executive. She will work on the film side of the production company and report to Executive Vice President Jenno Topping. All eyes are on the top slot at Chernin Entertainment, … Read More »

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Chernin Company Acquires Popular Science Article About 14-Year-Old Who Achieved Nuclear Fusion

By | Monday July 30, 2012 @ 3:25pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Chernin Entertainment has acquired The Boy Who Played With Fusion, the true story of Taylor Wilson, a 14-year-old Arkansan who became the youngest ever to achieve nuclear fusion. They are negotiating with Take Shelter and Mud writer-director Jeff Nichols to develop the film as a helming vehicle. The film will be developed through Chernin’s deal with Fox. Published in the March 2012 issue of Popular Science magazine by Tom Clynes, the article details an exceptionally smart and curious kid and what happens when his ordinary parents who didn’t quite understand how he’d become so gifted, gave him the room and encouragement to nurture his great gifts and passion for nuclear science and experimentation. When his grandmother became ill, the youth became involved in an attempt to harness the short-lived isotopes that kill cancer cells and then deteriorate before they harm healthy cells — in hopes that the cancer-curing isotopes could be generated on site at hospitals and save lives. He later harnessed his discoveries as an alarm system to root out dirty bombs in shipping containers. Read More »

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Dylan Clark Shifts To Producer Slot At Chernin Entertainment

By | Wednesday June 6, 2012 @ 6:38pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Dylan Clark, who three years ago transitioned from an exec veep post at Universal Pictures to become president of the film division of Chernin Entertainment, is in the process of transitioning out of that post to produce … Read More »

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Peter Chernin’s Company Leaves WME

By | Tuesday June 5, 2012 @ 8:08pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: After two years at WME, Peter Chernin’s production company has left the agency, which represented its TV division. WME represented former NBC executive Katherine Pope in her deal to become Chernin Entertainment’s president of television and took in Read More »

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Sandra Bullock & Melissa McCarthy Play Cop With Paul Feig

By | Saturday May 19, 2012 @ 11:52am PDT

Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy are going to be packing heat. The duo have signed up to do a cop buddy movie. Bridesmaids Paul Read More »

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