EXCLUSIVE: I’m told the News Corp No. 2 (until June 30th) is in the process of fleshing out his TV and movie deal with te corporation right now. As I and others have reported, Peter Chernin’s Golden Resignation package calls for him to receive the most favorable television deal terms that anyone at Fox has ever received. The template, I’m told, will be the David Kelley/2oth Century TV deal. Chernin will have big overhead, big development fund, big everything. And sitting atop the TV company will be fired Universal Media Studios President Katherine Pope. Great choice by Chernin. Great choice by Pope, who’s having her attorney Sam Fisher negotiate her deal. And another really, really bad decision by NBC’s Ben Silverman who hated her irrationally. I hear Chernin is looking for Pope’s counterpart in movies. Now that’s a plum job, too. “The protoype is a Scott Stuber kind of guy,” I’m told. Meanwhile, Chernin is making News Corp pump up those couple of paragraphs in his contract with all sorts of fat fees and back ends. Sorry you have to hear this news when it sucks to be in showbiz these days.
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