Jeff Zucker is to step down from CNN, a unit of AT&T’s WarnerMedia, after 2021 following a six-year stint with the multinational pay-TV channel, Realscreen has confirmed.
Zucker (pictured), revealed to staffers in an editorial call this morning that he would run out the duration of his contract to stay at CNN through the end of the year, according to people present.
“CNN has never been stronger — and that is something I am incredibly proud of,” said Zucker during the organization’s morning call. “We have challenges ahead, for sure — but we could not be better positioned to meet them. The future is bright with tremendous opportunity, and I want to put all the right pieces into place to make sure that CNN remains strong for many years to come.
“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.
“As a result, I am going to stay and finish my current contract — which, as I said, will keep me here until the end of this year. At that point, I do expect to move on.”
Zucker, a veteran of NBC, was named chairman of WarnerMedia News and Sports in March 2019, and has additionally served as president of CNN Worldwide since 2013.
In his role, the executive oversees all of WarnerMedia’s live programming, including all divisions of CNN Worldwide and Turner Sports. At CNN, that includes the domestic and international television networks, HLN and Great Big Story.
During Zucker’s six-year tenure at WarnerMedia, CNN began producing non-fiction docuseries under the CNN Original Series banner, and opened the doors to a new documentary division in CNN Films, both of which are overseen by Amy Entelis as EVP for talent and content development at CNN Worldwide.
The network’s documentary slate includes the likes of Apollo 11, Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President, John Lewis: Good Trouble, Halston, Three Identical Strangers, RBG, Love Gilda, Trophy, Jeremiah Tower, and Holy Hell, among others.
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