Jeff Zucker
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United States
2018

WarnerMedia

Jeff
Zucker

Chairman, News & Sports

The CNN boss honed his nose for news as the youngest executive producer in the history of NBC’s “Today,” which he guided to juggernaut status. That launched his meteoric rise at the network, culminating in him being named Peacock president and CEO in 2007. Zucker’s willingness to make game-changing tough decisions was exactly what CNN needed when he came aboard in 2013. In the 2016 election season, the cabler saw some of its highest ratings, buoyed by an electrifying but controversial presidential race during which Zucker was something of a lightning rod. And it has stayed that way well into the Trump presidency, as the commander in chief continues to slam the network and rip it for being “fake news.” Zucker is under contract through 2020, and as of March 2019 has been promoted to Chairman of News & Sports at WarnerMedia; he will still lead CNN.

Career

  • CNN
  • NBCUniversal
  • TODAY

Education

  • Harvard University (MA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
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Jeff Zucker: AT&T Could Try to Broaden Its Sports-Rights Portfolio

Jeff Zucker: AT&T Could Try to Broaden Its Sports-Rights Portfolio

Major media companies like Disney, Comcast, CBS and Fox are always jockeying for the rights to broadcast America’s most popular sports. AT&T may join their ranks.The telecommunications giant, through its WarnerMedia subsidiary “will certainly continue to be a significant player in the sports-rights arena,” says Jeff Zucker, who was just named chairman of WarnerMedia’s news and sports properties, in an interview Monday. “WarnerMedia will continue to be aggressive when appropriate and strategic,” he adds.The company already enjoys a significant alliance...

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