Nicky Weinstock Leaves Apatow For Chernin

EXCLUSIVE: He’s coming over to run comedy for both movies and television, and he will report to Katharine Pope on TV and Dylan Clark on movies. But he will work closely with Peter Chernin on all creative elements. No one else is doing this in both movies and television — usually there’s a schism between the two — so this is very smart of Chernin to coordinate this, especially since he’s going to be so busy in both areas. “Bringing Nicky over just adds the third leg to a pretty impressive team with Katherine and Dylan,” a source tells me. “People will be impressed that Peter could bring Nicky over from someone of Judd’s caliber. This says a lot about what Peter will be able to go do.” Chernin, of course, has The Deal Of The Century at Fox thanks to a platinum contract package that kicked in when he left as News Corp No. 2 this summer. Weinstock was Chernin’s speechwriter as VP of News Corp’s corporate written communications in NYC, and then was asked By Chernin to become VP of comedy development at 20th Century Fox Television. From there, at the end of 2007, Weinstock left to run Apatow Productions with Judd. While at Apatow, Nicky helped produce Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Stepbrothers, Pineapple Express, Funny People, and Get Him To The Greek due out in 2010. Weinstock is also a novelist. He’ll be based in Los Angeles.

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