Jeff Zucker
Jeremy Freeman/CNN
United States
2020

WarnerMedia

Jeff
Zucker

Chairman, News & Sports

Under Zucker, WarnerMedia’s CNN has stayed on top of the news cycle despite the challenges of a pandemic. Like other cable-news outlets, the network has seen its ratings soar during an election year. A notorious micro-manager, Zucker is heavily involved in day-to-day coverage decisions, steering the network toward aggressive reporting of Donald Trump’s every move without shying away from holding the president accountable for his falsehoods or misdeeds. Zucker also supervises a sports division increasingly interested in launching original concepts, such as a celebrity golf match that involved Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. With his contract up in 2021, all eyes are on Zucker’s next move, which which once seemed to entail making a run for New York City mayor in 2021, but that’s reportedly not happening. Before WarnerMedia, he was president and CEO at NBCUniversal.

Career

  • CNN
  • NBCUniversal

Education

  • Harvard University (MA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
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Jeff Zucker Expects to Leave CNN at Year-End

Jeff Zucker Expects to Leave CNN at Year-End

Jeff Zucker, the colorful TV executive who helped breathe new life and relevance into the CNN cable-news network, expects to leave the outlet when his contract lapses at the end of 2021.The executive told staffers of his decision in a meeting Thursday morning.“This organization has been through a lot. I'd like to be here to get us all back to a new normal, one that feels much more like it once did around here,” Zucker said during the outlet’s regular...

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