Peter Rice is President of 21st Century Fox (21CF) and Chairman and CEO of Fox Networks Group (FNG). In this role, in addition to working with 21CF leadership on key strategic initiatives, Mr. Rice oversees Fox Broadcasting Company, FOX Sports, FX Networks, National Geographic, 20th Century Fox Television and FNG Latin America, Europe and Asia. Outside of these roles, Mr. Rice is Chairman of the Board of National Geographic Partners and serves on the board of directors for Hulu, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association and Southern California Public Radio. He also sits on the Motion Picture & Television Fund’s Board of Governors.
FNG is home to boundary-breaking, record-setting shows like Empire, The Americans, The Simpsons, Fargo, American Horror Story, This is Us, Modern Family and Mars. FOX Sports broadcast the 2017 Super Bowl and is home to the World Series, the Daytona 500, the 2018 World Cup and more than 6,000 other professional sporting events every year.
In 2017, FNG programming earned 113 Primetime Emmy nominations, an all-time high. In 2016, FX set a new record for basic cable with 18 Emmy awards and FOX won the most Emmys of any broadcast network.
Prior to his current role, Mr. Rice served for two years as Chairman, Entertainment, for FNG. He also served as Chairman, Entertainment for Fox Broadcasting Company, propelling FOX to three seasons as the number one network and helping extend its streak to eight seasons as the top-rated broadcaster.
Before transitioning to Fox’s television business, Mr. Rice served as President, Fox Searchlight Pictures. During his tenure, Fox Searchlight generated 51 Academy Award and 42 Golden Globe Award nominations, including a record 12 nominations and eight wins at the 81st Annual Academy Awards for “Slumdog Millionaire.” Other films released under his leadership include “Juno,” “Napoleon Dynamite,” “Little Miss Sunshine,” “The Last King of Scotland,” and “Sideways.”
Prior to leading Fox Searchlight, Mr. Rice was Executive Vice President, Production for Twentieth Century Fox, where he worked with director Baz Luhrmann in the development and production of Oscar Best Picture nominee “Moulin Rouge” and “William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet.” He also served as the supervising creative executive on “X-Men,” the film that began the global movie franchise that has since grossed more than $4.3 billion at the worldwide box office.
Mr. Rice began his career in the marketing department at Twentieth Century Fox in 1989 after graduating from the University of Nottingham.