Awardee Profiles - 2008
Peter Chernin, Freedom of Speech Award
Andrea Wong, American Horizon Award
Peter Chernin, Recipient of the Freedom of Speech Award
Peter Chernin is President and Chief Operating Officer of News Corporation, and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Fox Group, a position he has held since 1996. With annual revenues of more than $30 billion, News Corporation is one of the largest and most diversified media companies in the world, bringing world-class entertainment, news, sports, and information to a global audience across multiple distribution platforms.
Mr. Chernin oversees the global operations of News Corporation’s film, television, satellite, cable, and digital media businesses. Mr. Chernin’s strategic guidance has driven News Corporation’s successful expansion into the broadband and mobile markets, through the creation of Fox Interactive Media, Hulu, and other digital properties. Fox Interactive Media is home to the world’s leading social networking site, MySpace,
Prior to his current post, Mr. Chernin headed Twentieth Century Fox Filmed Entertainment and, earlier, the Fox Broadcasting Company. Mr. Chernin joined Fox from Lorimar Film Entertainment, where he served as President and Chief Operating Officer.
Previously, he served as Executive Vice President, Programming and Marketing for Showtime/The Movie Channel Inc., where he played a pivotal role in developing the market for original cable series. Mr. Chernin began his career in publishing at St. Martin’s Press and later at Warner Books.
Mr. Chernin sits on the boards of News Corporation, The Paley Center, Friends of the Global Fight, and American Express. He is also Chairman of Malaria No More, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending deaths due to malaria.
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Andrea Wong, Recipient of the American Horizon Award
Andrea Wong was named President and CEO of Lifetime Networks in April 2007. In this role, she oversees the No. 1 and No. 2 women’s networks, Lifetime Television and Lifetime Movie Network, along with Lifetime Real Women and Lifetime Digital, and the website myLifetime.com.
Ms. Wong has transformed the company in every way, expanding and contemporizing Lifetime and Lifetime Movie Network programming, re-launching myLifetime.com, creating a powerful new Lifetime-Glam online network, making its first-ever digital acquisition (ParentsClick Network), and implementing a comprehensive re-branding campaign while bringing the company’s total revenue to record levels. During her tenure, Ms. Wong has also spearheaded the growth of additional multi-platform outlets such as Lifetime HD, Lifetime Movie Network HD, Lifetime On Demand, and Lifetime Movie Network Español On Demand.
Ms. Wong came to Lifetime from ABC, where she brought the UK phenomenon “Dancing with the Stars” to American audiences in 2005. She also developed the hit reality series “The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette,” “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” “Wife Swap,” and “Supernanny.”
Ms. Wong served as Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming, Specials and Late-Night, ABC Entertainment, from 2004 to 2007. She joined ABC in August 1993 as a researcher for ABC News’s “PrimeTime Live.” After several promotions, she was named Senior Vice President in 2000.
Ms. Wong graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. She holds an MBA degree from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
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