Chernin Entertainment
Company typeDivision
IndustryFilm production company
FoundedFebruary 24, 2009; 15 years ago (2009-02-24)
FounderPeter Chernin
Key people
ProductsMotion Pictures
ParentThe Chernin Group

Chernin Entertainment is an American film and television production company founded and owned by producer and former media executive Peter Chernin, who is chairman and CEO of the company. Jenno Topping is the president of film and television, with David Ready as EVP of film and TV. Kristen Campo is EVP of television.[1] Twenty-seven films have been produced by the company, most of them with 20th Century Fox (now known as 20th Century Studios).[2]


Chernin Entertainment was founded by Peter Chernin after he stepped down as president of Fox's then-parent company News Corporation in 2009. The firm's first film was Rise of the Planet of the Apes in 2011.[2] Chernin Entertainment's five-year first-look deal for the film and television was signed with 20th Century Fox and 20th Century Fox Television in 2009.[3]

In March 2011, after leaving Maguire Entertainment, Jenno Topping joined the company as executive Vice President (EVP) of film division,[4] and then in February 2013 she was promoted to President of films, vacated by Dylan Clark.[5][6] David Ready was hired as Senior VP to report to Topping.[5] In June 2015, the company's TV division's president Katherine Pope left the company, while Topping was promoted to President of Film and Television.[7][8] In August 2015, Dante Di Loreto was hired and appointed as President of Television at the company, reporting to Topping. Kristen Campo joined the company in 2016 to run television after Di Loreto's departure.[9]

In November 2014, the company signed an extension of the first-look deal with 20th Century Fox for film at a less lucrative terms. With only one hit TV show, New Girl, the TV pact was being shopped around.[3] In June 2015, Chernin signed its television production deal for two years with NBCUniversal, in which Chernin would develop and produce projects for NBC though Universal Television.[7] That deal was followed with one with Endeavor Content for a scripted drama pact in 2017.[2]

On January 17, 2020, 20th Century Studios, now under the operation of Walt Disney Studios, ended its production deal with Chernin Entertainment, which had about four years remaining. The move was cited to Disney's preference of self-financing its films, and the studio's mandate of having 20th Century refocus on its franchises. Chernin will continue to work with Disney and 20th Century on the Planet of the Apes franchise and about 9 other films with the studio, while taking 70 out of 80 films in development in the split.[2] On April 7, Chernin made a multi-year first-look deal with Netflix to make films.[10]

In September 2020, Chernin Entertainment signed a multi-year partnership agreement with Spotify to allow the former to adapt films and TV shows from Spotify's original podcast catalog.[11][12][13] On October 27, 2021, Nancy Utley, former veteran of Searchlight Pictures had started Lake Ellyn Entertainment, with a first-look affiliate deal at the studio, and Netflix.[14]


Chernin Entertainment produces for television and film.

The company's first feature film Rise of the Planet of the Apes, was released in August 2011[2] and has grossed more than $480 million at the worldwide box office.[15][16] It has also produced Parental Guidance, a comedy starring Billy Crystal and Bette Midler, which was released in December 2012,[17] the sci-fi thriller from Joseph Kosinski, Oblivion, starring Tom Cruise,[18] and The Heat, starring Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock.[19]


Feature films


Year Title Director Distributor Notes Budget Gross
2011 Rise of the Planet of the Apes[2] Rupert Wyatt 20th Century Fox co-production with Dune Entertainment, Big Screen Productions and Ingenious Film Partners $93 million $481.8 million
2012 Parental Guidance[17] Andy Fickman co-production with Walden Media, Face Productions and Dune Entertainment $25 million $120.8 million
2013 Oblivion[18] Joseph Kosinski Universal Pictures co-production with Relativity Media, Monolith Pictures and Radical Studios $120 million $286.2 million
The Heat[19] Paul Feig 20th Century Fox co-production with TSG Entertainment $43 million $229.9 million
2014 Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Matt Reeves $170–235 million $710.6 million
The Drop Michael R. Roskam Fox Searchlight Pictures $12.6 million $18.7 million
St. Vincent Theodore Melfi The Weinstein Company co-production with Crescendo Productions $13 million $54.8 million
Exodus: Gods and Kings Ridley Scott 20th Century Fox co-production with Scott Free Productions and TSG Entertainment $140–200 million $268.2 million
2015 Spy Paul Feig co-production with Feigco Entertainment and TSG Entertainment $65 million $235.7 million
2016 Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates Jake Szymanski co-production with TSG Entertainment $33–35 million $77.1 million
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Tim Burton co-production with Tim Burton Productions, TSG Entertainment, Scope Pictures, St. Petersburg Clearwater Film Commission and Ingenious $110 million $296.5 million
Hidden Figures[2] Theodore Melfi co-production with Fox 2000 Pictures and Levantine Films $25 million $236 million
2017 Snatched Jonathan Levine co-production with Feigco Entertainment and TSG Entertainment $42 million $60.8 million
War for the Planet of the Apes Matt Reeves co-production with TSG Entertainment $150 million $490.7 million
The Mountain Between Us Hany Abu-Assad co-production with Fox 2000 Pictures $35 million $62.8 million
The Greatest Showman[2] Michael Gracey co-production with Laurence Mark Productions and TSG Entertainment $84 million $435 million
2018 Red Sparrow Francis Lawrence co-production with TSG Entertainment $69 million $151.6 million
2019 Tolkien Dome Karukoski Fox Searchlight Pictures $20 million $9 million
Ford v Ferrari[2] James Mangold 20th Century Fox co-production with Turnpike Films and TSG Entertainment $97.6 million $225.5 million
Spies in Disguise[2] Nick Bruno Troy Quane co-production with 20th Century Fox, Blue Sky Studios and 20th Century Fox Animation[20] $100 million $171.6 million


Year Title Director Distributor Notes Budget Gross
2020 Underwater[2] William Eubank 20th Century Fox co-production with TSG Entertainment and 20th Century Fox $50–80 million $40.9 million
2021 Fear Street Part One: 1994 Leigh Janiak Netflix
Fear Street Part Two: 1978
Fear Street Part Three: 1666
2022 Slumberland Francis Lawrence
2023 Luther: The Fallen Sun Jamie Payne co-production with BBC Film
Dicks: The Musical Larry Charles A24
2024 Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes[21] Wes Ball 20th Century Studios uncredited; co-production with OddBall Entertainment and Jason T. Reed Productions $160–165 million $129 million


Year Title Director Distributor Notes
2024 Back in Action Seth Gordon Netflix co-production with Exhibit A and Good One Productions
TBA 36 Questions Brett Haley co-production with Automatik and Endeavor Content
Mega Man Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman co-production with Capcom
The Goon Patrick Osbourne co-production with Netflix Animation, Blur Studio and Dark Horse Entertainment
Fear Street: Prom Queen[22] Matt Palmer
Rez Ball[23] Sydney Freeland co-production with SpringHill Company, Wise Entertainment and Lake Ellyn Entertainment
Hourman TBA Warner Bros. Pictures co-production with DC Studios
Sidekicks Paramount Pictures co-production with Twin Ink[24]
Popeye TBA co-production with King Features[25]



Years Title Creator(s) Network Notes Seasons Episodes
2011–2012 Breakout Kings Nick Santora
Matt Olmstead
A&E co-production with Matt Olmstead Productions, Blackjack Films and Fox 21 2 23
Terra Nova[26] Kelly Marcel
Craig Silverstein
Fox co-production with Amblin Television, Kapital Entertainment, Siesta Productions and 20th Century Fox Television 1 13
2011 Allen Gregory Jonah Hill
Andrew Mogel
Jarrad Paul
co-production with Bento Box Entertainment, Jonah Hill Films, A J. Paul/A. Mogel/D. Goodman Piece of Business and 20th Century Fox Television 7
2011–2018 New Girl[27] Elizabeth Meriwether co-production with Elizabeth Meriwether Pictures, American Nitwits and 20th Century Fox Television 7 146
2012–2013 Touch[28] Tim Kring co-production with Tailwind Productions and 20th Century Fox Television 2 26
Ben and Kate Dana Fox co-production with Hemingway Drive Productions and 20th Century Fox Television 1 16
2019–2022 See Steven Knight Apple TV+ co-production with about:blank, Quaker Moving Pictures, Endeavor Content and Nebula Star 3 24
2019–2023 Truth Be Told Nichelle Tramble Spellman co-production with Orit Entertainment, Hello Sunshine, Endeavor Content and With a N 3 28


Year Title Creator(s) Network Notes Seasons Episodes
2020–present P-Valley Katori Hall Starz season 1 only; co-production with Kat Buggy Productions and Lionsgate Television (season 2) 2 18


Year Title Creator(s) Network Notes Seasons Episodes
2024 Exploding Kittens[29] Matthew Inman and Shane Kosakowski Netflix co-production with Bandera Entertainment TBA TBA
TBA Chief of War[30] Jason Momoa and Thomas Pa'a Sibbett Apple TV+ co-production with about:blank and Fifth Season 1 8


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