Jeff Zucker
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Zucker kept the industry guessing about his next moves after a successful run at CNN that began in 2013 and led to him vastly expanding the channel’s newsgathering for digital and linear platforms. But his future in the role of WarnerMedia’s news and sports chief was in doubt even before AT&T’s stealth merger deal with Discovery was revealed. Zucker helped prepare the launch of the CNN+ subscription streaming service, expected to be a big part of future iterations of HBO Max. His heavy engagement in planning new CNN and sports products fueled speculation that he would stick around, given his status as a longtime colleague of incoming Warner Bros. Discovery boss, David Zaslav. However, Zucker resigned from WarnerMedia in February 2022 after revealing he had failed to disclose a consensual relationship with another colleague of his.


  • CNN
  • WarnerMedia
  • NBCUniversal


  • Harvard University (MA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree
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Jeff Zucker Resigns From CNN After Disclosing Relationship With Colleague

Jeff Zucker Resigns From CNN After Disclosing Relationship With Colleague

CNN chief Jeff Zucker abruptly resigned from the news giant Wednesday, throwing the management of one of WarnerMedia's prized assets into utter disarray just weeks before the company is expected to be taken over by Discovery. His exit came after an investigation into fired anchor Chris Cuomo revealed that Zucker had not disclosed a consensual relationship with an unnamed colleague."As part of the investigation into Chris Cuomo's tenure at CNN, I was asked about a consensual relationship with my closest...


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