Pringles Mascot to Assume Vice-Chairmanship of News Corp


Chase Carey, the fancifully mustachioed CEO of DirecTV, is closing in on a deal to replace Peter Chernin after the News Corp president steps down as Rupert Murdoch's second-in-command later this month. This is something of a homecoming for Carey, having previously served as CEO of Fox Television from 1994 to 2000, co-chief operating officer of Fox Entertainment Group from 1998 to 2002, and held a seat on News Corp's board of directors from 2002-2007. Murdoch had been courting him heavily since Chernin announced he would not renew his contract, assuming instead a producing role on the Fox lot after two decades of indentured servitude to the Liberal-flogging tabloid magnate.

A contingency plan reshuffled Murdoch's current brass, giving more power to Twentieth Century Fox film execs Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulos, promoting Peter Rice to run entertainment at Fox Broadcasting under Tony Vincequerra, and putting Fox Interactive under Jon Miller's jurisdiction. Now all department heads report to Carey, who insists on starting every breakfast strategy meeting by having his team four-part-harmonize on "Sleepy Time Gal." One potential wrench in the works: John Malone of Liberty Media, the company to whom Murdoch sold his controlling interest in DirectTV three years ago, is trying to go public with the satellite broadcasting giant, and might insist their CEO -- whose contract locks him in through the end of next year -- stick around. Yes, this is all one gigantic, incestuous hot tub of Rich White Media Mogul soup. Mmm ... soup. [The Wrap]


  • Sarah says:

    I followed you guys over here from Defamer, and in the many years I've been reading you have never commented because I'm all Midwestern-y and can't compete with all the hilarious people who comment. But I'm jumping in very quickly just to say that I read this headline while taking a swig of pop and the results were disastrous. I need a new monitor. I LOVE you!

  • gwendemarco says:

    Aww, she's so cute with the "pop". Brings back fond memories of when most of us were Midwesterny. Can we keep her?

  • icallthebigonebitey says:

    I can't help wondering if he uses his pocket square as a hanky code.
    P.S. (to Gwen and Sarah). I'm from Michigan and I still say "pop". "Soda" is for my vodka.

  • Old No.7 says:

    The Monopoly Man, Rollie Fingers, or the banjo guy from Shakey's Pizza would have worked as headline material here as well.
    And I'll gladly bone anyone for a case of Verner's or Faygo Pop.

  • RoboPanda says:

    I'm assuming by "closing in on a deal to replace Peter Chernin" you mean he tied Peter Chernin to some train tracks while cackling and twirling that mustache?

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