Peter Rice
Courtesy of Disney
United Kingdom
2019

Walt Disney Television

Peter
Rice

Chairman

Following Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets, Rice now oversees a broad array of properties — including the ABC broadcast network, ABC Studios, ABC News, ABC-owned TV stations, Disney Channel networks, Freeform, FX Networks, FX Productions, Fox 21, National Geographic Partners and 20th Century Fox TV — and the challenge now lies in streamlining operations as the company moves forward. The former 21st Century Fox president and Fox Networks Group chairman-CEO has proved his adeptness at juggling a diverse set of networks, earning respect early on in his career for his incredible run. Beginning in 2000 at Fox Searchlight Pictures, he also shepherded feature after feature, including “Juno,” “The Last King of Scotland” and “Bend It Like Beckham.”

Career

  • 21st Century Fox (DEFUNCT)

Education

  • University of Nottingham (England)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
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Peter Rice Downplays Layoff Threat to Disney TV Staffers in Town Hall

Peter Rice Downplays Layoff Threat to Disney TV Staffers in Town Hall

Walt Disney Television chairman Peter Rice downplayed the threat of massive layoffs hitting Disney's enlarged television division during an hourlong town hall held Wednesday morning.The gathering marked the first time that many Disney TV employees had the chance to see Rice in person. The event was held at a theater space on the Disney lot and live streamed to thousands of employees. Rice oversees all of Disney's television operations with the exception of ESPN.The question of large-scale layoffs has hung...

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