Jeff Zucker

With his numerous high-ranking positions over the years, the former NBC Universal President and CEO Jeff Zucker enjoyed a high television profile for several decades, only to find himself in the midst of one of the ... Read more »
Born: 04/09/1965 in Miami, Florida, USA

Filmography

Producer (10)

Katie 2002 - 2003, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Showrunner

Decision '96: The Democratic National Convention 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Decision '96: The Republican National Convention 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Now With Tom Brokaw and Katie Couric 1992 - 1994 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The People vs. O.J. Simpson 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Producer

58 Days 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Hillary: America's First Lady 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Hillary: America's First Lady 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Inaugural '93 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Lost Youth of Hollywood 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Producer
Actor (4)

My Name is Earl 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Remembering Tim Russert 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The E! True Hollywood Story: Heather Locklear 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Practice 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor
Executive (4)

Father of the Pride 1999 - 2000, 2002 - 2005, 2009 - 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Network Executive

Joey 1999 - 2000, 2002 - 2005, 2009 - 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Network Executive

Later Today 1999 - 2000, 2002 - 2003, 2009 - 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Executive in Charge of Production

The Jay Leno Show 2002 - 2003, 2009 - 2010, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Network Executive

Biography

With his numerous high-ranking positions over the years, the former NBC Universal President and CEO Jeff Zucker enjoyed a high television profile for several decades, only to find himself in the midst of one of the biggest debacles in television history. His notoriety began when he became the youngest executive producer in the history of the "Today" (1952- ) show at the age of 26. For over 10 years, Zucker transformed the show to make it the top morning show on the air, giving him carte blanche as the president of NBC Entertainment. During the first part of his tenure as NBC's head honcho, Zucker oversaw several early hits while riding the wave of inherited ratings winners like "The West Wing" (1999-2006), "Frasier" (1993-2004) and "Friends" (1994-2004). But as soon as those shows were off the air, Zucker struggled to find their replacements, which resulted in several poor decisions that turned the once mighty network into a fourth-place loser. His most questionable decision came in 2008 when he decided to give departing "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno an hour-long show five days a week at the 10 o'clock hour; a move that not only fell flat with audiences, but triggered an embarrassing public feud between Leno and his successor, Conan O'Brien, that many believed was destined to stain Zucker's career for years. But Zucker bounced back in 2012 when he was named president of CNN Worldwide, assuring that he would be a major media player for the long haul.

EDUCATION

Harvard University

Cambridge , Massachusetts 1986
Majored in American History; served as president of school newspaper The Harvard Crimson

Milestones

2012

Named president of CNN Worldwide

2012

Reunited with former "Today" anchor Katie Couric to executive produce her talk show "Katie" (ABC)

2007

Replaced Bob Wright as president & CEO of NBC Universal

2005

Promoted to to Chief Executive Officer of NBC Universal Television Group

2004

Following network's merger with Vivendi Universal, named president of NBC Television Group

2003

Again promoted to president of NBC's Entertainment, News & Cable Group

2000

Promoted to president of NBC Entertainment

1992

Named executive producer of "Today"

1989

Worked as field producer for NBC's "Today" show

1986

Began career at NBC as researcher for network's coverage of 1988 Summer Olympic Games

1983

While attending Harvard, studied in Madrid, Spain through IES Abroad

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