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Peter Chernin Says Video's Golden Age Is On Its Way: The Full Code/Media Interview

The guy who help build some of the most important properties on TV thinks he can do it again.

Asa Mathat
Peter Kafka covers media and technology, and their intersection, at Vox. Many of his stories can be found in his Kafka on Media newsletter, and he also hosts the Recode Media podcast.

Peter Chernin helped build some of the most important properties on your TV guide. Now he’s trying to do the same for stuff you’ll watch on your browser and on your phone.

“It’s going to be a golden age for video distribution,” Chernin told us at last month’s Code/Media conference.

Chernin, who helped News Corp. turn into the TV powerhouse it is today (though that business is now called 21st Century Fox) figures he’ll be able to benefit from the new era in a few ways: He makes movies and TV shows, and now he’ll have more places to show and sell that stuff.

And he’s also making stuff specifically for the YouTube/Netflix/Amazon/Hulu/Facebook/SnapChat/etc. era, via a collection of companies he’s building and buying in conjunction with AT&T.

I think it’s lot of fun (and very useful) to talk about the future with a guy who’s seen a lot of stuff in the past — and has made a lot of bets about what’s going to happen next. If that sounds appealing to you, here’s the full video of our conversation:

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