Jeff Zucker
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United States



Chairman, News & Sports

In 2019, Zucker headed up all live programming at WarnerMedia, expanding to Turner Sports after leading CNN Worldwide for the previous six years. He cut his teeth at NBC in the 1980s, becoming the youngest executive producer in the history of “Today,” which he guided to the top of the morning-news charts. Ultimately at the Peacock, he would serve as NBCUniversal CEO from 2007 to 2011. Departing NBCU at the close of the Comcast merger, he segued to exec produce Katie Couric’s eponymous talker before jumping to CNN Worldwide and eventually its parent company. Under Zucker, CNN attracted some of its highest ratings through the turbulent 2016 presidential election, and viewers continue to flock as the cable net is regularly pecked at by Donald Trump.


  • CNN
  • NBCUniversal


  • Harvard University (MA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
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Jeff Zucker Has 'No Interest' In ESPN Job

Jeff Zucker Has 'No Interest' In ESPN Job

UPDATED: Jeff Zucker may be staying put at CNN after all.Despite reports that Zucker, the former head of NBCUniversal and current leader of Time Warner's CNN, has emerged as a surprise candidate to lead Walt Disney's ESPN, a spokesperson for CNN tells Variety he isn't going anywhere."Jeff loves his job at CNN and has no interest in running ESPN," said the spokesperson.Rumors began circulating this week in media circles that the TV executive who first rose to greater renown by...


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