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Peter Rice Continues His Ascension at Fox, Now Chairman of Fox Networks Group

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood July 23, 2012 at 4:05PM

Long known as a favorite of News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch and rising star at Twentieth Century Fox, Peter Rice was promoted two years ago from running motion picture subsidiary Fox Searchlight to being in charge of entertainment for Fox broadcast network and FX channel.
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Peter Rice
Peter Rice

Long known as a favorite of News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch and rising star at Twentieth Century Fox, Peter Rice was promoted two years ago from running motion picture subsidiary Fox Searchlight to being in charge of entertainment for Fox broadcast network and FX channel. Now he's taking over all programming as chairman and chief executive of the Fox Networks Group, including Fox Sports and Fox International and National Geographic channels. At television, only the Fox News operation is still run by someone else: Roger Ailes.

Will the studio be next? Fox motion pictures has long been run by seasoned co-chairmen Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman (who also rose in the ranks from running Searchlight). When their time, for whatever reason, inevitably comes up, Rice will be ready to take over.

This article is related to: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, Fox Searchlight, 20th Century Fox, Twentieth Century Fox


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.