In an effort to kick-start original television production, Tribune Co. has hired Matt Cherniss, a former Fox and Warner Bros. executive, as president of WGN America and head of a newly formed Tribune Studios.
Cherniss will be responsible for strategy and day-to-day operations at both properties. He will spearhead efforts to create original content for Tribune's 23 television stations as well as cable channel WGN America.
Tribune is seeking to establish a beachhead in Hollywood. The Chicago-based newspaper and television company, which exited bankruptcy production on Dec. 31 after four years, plans to focus on rebuilding its television properties.
Cherniss, 40, will report to Tribune's chief executive Peter Liguori. He will be based in Los Angeles.
“Matt is known within the creative community for his incredible eye for high-quality, commercial programming, as well as his integrity as a partner and a programmer,” Liguori said in a statement.