• David Stapf

    President, CBS Studios

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  • Kate Adler

    Executive Vice President, Comedy Development, CBS Studios

    June 2023

    Kate Adler serves as executive vice president of comedy development at CBS Studios, a title she has held since 2013 after joining the studio in 2005.

    In her position, Adler oversees the development of all comedy series for broadcast, cable and streaming. Titles she has helped develop include GHOSTS for CBS, the new FRAISER for Paramount+, THE NEIGHBORHOOD for CBS, and award-winning titles including “Dead to Me” starring Christina Applegate for Netflix and CW’s CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND, among others.

    Prior to CBS Studios, Adler served as a producer for CBS’ SURVIVOR and “Crime & Punishment: Real-Life Law & Order” for NBC. In 2002, she was a producer on the Oscar-winning documentary “Twin Towers,” which told the story of the NYPD’s Emergency Service Unit and their heroic acts on 9/11.

    From 1997 to 2000, Adler was vice president of creative affairs for Worldwide Pants Incorporated, where she supervised all new series development, casting and production on EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND and “Ed,” and recruited writers for THE LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN and THE LATE LATE SHOW with CRAIG KILBORN. In 1994, Adler was director of comedy development for Walt Disney Network Television, where she developed shows for all six networks and served as current programming executive on the daytime talk show “Ellen.”

    Prior to Disney, Adler worked at Creative Artists Agency as an assistant to the head of the television literary department.

    Adler received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University.

    June 2023

    Kate Adler serves as executive vice president of comedy development at CBS Studios, a title she has held since 2013 after joining the studio in 2005.

    In her position, Adler oversees the development of all comedy series for broadcast, cable and streaming. Titles she has helped develop include GHOSTS for CBS, the new FRAISER for Paramount+, THE NEIGHBORHOOD for CBS, and award-winning titles including “Dead to Me” starring Christina Applegate for Netflix and CW’s CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND, among others.

    Prior to CBS Studios, Adler served as a producer for CBS’ SURVIVOR and “Crime & Punishment: Real-Life Law & Order” for NBC. In 2002, she was a producer on the Oscar-winning documentary “Twin Towers,” which told the story of the NYPD’s Emergency Service Unit and their heroic acts on 9/11.

    From 1997 to 2000, Adler was vice president of creative affairs for Worldwide Pants Incorporated, where she supervised all new series development, casting and production on EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND and “Ed,” and recruited writers for THE LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN and THE LATE LATE SHOW with CRAIG KILBORN. In 1994, Adler was director of comedy development for Walt Disney Network Television, where she developed shows for all six networks and served as current programming executive on the daytime talk show “Ellen.”

    Prior to Disney, Adler worked at Creative Artists Agency as an assistant to the head of the television literary department.

    Adler received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University.

  • Alec Botnick

    Executive Vice President, Comedy Development, Head of Animation and Alternative, CBS Studios

    June 2023

    Alec Botnick serves as executive vice president of comedy development and head of animation and alternative for CBS Studios. Botnick, who originally joined the Studio in 2015 as vice president of comedy development, was promoted to executive vice president in 2021.

    In his position, Botnick oversees the Studio’s growing animation slate, including STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS for Paramount+, Andy Samberg’s DIGMAN!, Chris Rock’s animated adaptation EVERYBODY STILL HATES CHRIS and STEPHEN COLBERT PRESENTS TOONING OUT THE NEWS for Comedy Central.

    Botnick helped develop award-winning comedy series such as “American Vandal” and “Dead to Me” for Netflix, and CBS hits GHOSTS and THE NEIGHBORHOOD, as well as “Colin from Accounts” for Foxtel.

    In addition to his most recent role at the Studio, Botnick had previously been an agent in the television literary department at WME since 2009. While there, he packaged scripted TV series and represented writers, performers, directors and producers. He originally started in the mailroom at Endeavor while earning his J.D. at Loyola Law School.

    June 2023

    Alec Botnick serves as executive vice president of comedy development and head of animation and alternative for CBS Studios. Botnick, who originally joined the Studio in 2015 as vice president of comedy development, was promoted to executive vice president in 2021.

    In his position, Botnick oversees the Studio’s growing animation slate, including STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS for Paramount+, Andy Samberg’s DIGMAN!, Chris Rock’s animated adaptation EVERYBODY STILL HATES CHRIS and STEPHEN COLBERT PRESENTS TOONING OUT THE NEWS for Comedy Central.

    Botnick helped develop award-winning comedy series such as “American Vandal” and “Dead to Me” for Netflix, and CBS hits GHOSTS and THE NEIGHBORHOOD, as well as “Colin from Accounts” for Foxtel.

    In addition to his most recent role at the Studio, Botnick had previously been an agent in the television literary department at WME since 2009. While there, he packaged scripted TV series and represented writers, performers, directors and producers. He originally started in the mailroom at Endeavor while earning his J.D. at Loyola Law School.

  • Liz Miller

    Executive Vice President/Head of Production, Paramount Television Studios & CBS Studios

    Liz Miller is the EVP, Head of Production at Paramount Television Studios & CBS Studios.

    Part of the Paramount family for over 30 years, Miller rejoined Paramount Television Studios from Netflix in 2019 as SVP Production. In 2022 Miller’s role was expanded to give her oversight of all PTVS Production, and in 2023 she also added oversight of CBS Studios Production, making her EVP and head of production for both studios. In this current position Miller and her team are responsible for overseeing both the production and post production process, establishing and curating relations with producers, productions and production companies, reviewing budgets, and supporting/suggesting best production practices.  She works closely with the Creative, Casting, Finance, VFX and Post Production departments as well as other internal teams to ensure efficient delivery of the studios’ series from script to on-air. Some notable titles she has overseen include Tom Clancy’s Jack RyanReacher13 Reasons Why, The Haunting of Bly Manor, the Star Trek franchise, Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies and the upcoming The Spiderwick Chronicles and Cross

    While at Netflix, Miller served as Director of Production, working on such shows as Bridgerton, Jupiter’s LegacyNarcos and Outer Banks.

    Prior to Netflix, she served as SVP of Television Production at CBS Studios, working on such hits as Star Trek: Discovery, The Good Wife, The Good Fight, Hawaii 5-0, Magnum PI, Bull, Madam Secretary and Blue Bloods. In her first stint at Paramount, Miller worked on Star Trek: EnterpriseStar Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, as well as television classics Cheers and Frasier

    Liz received a bachelor's degree in broadcast communications at the University of Hawaii.  She resides with her husband and two children in the Los Angeles area.

    Liz Miller is the EVP, Head of Production at Paramount Television Studios & CBS Studios.

    Part of the Paramount family for over 30 years, Miller rejoined Paramount Television Studios from Netflix in 2019 as SVP Production. In 2022 Miller’s role was expanded to give her oversight of all PTVS Production, and in 2023 she also added oversight of CBS Studios Production, making her EVP and head of production for both studios. In this current position Miller and her team are responsible for overseeing both the production and post production process, establishing and curating relations with producers, productions and production companies, reviewing budgets, and supporting/suggesting best production practices.  She works closely with the Creative, Casting, Finance, VFX and Post Production departments as well as other internal teams to ensure efficient delivery of the studios’ series from script to on-air. Some notable titles she has overseen include Tom Clancy’s Jack RyanReacher13 Reasons Why, The Haunting of Bly Manor, the Star Trek franchise, Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies and the upcoming The Spiderwick Chronicles and Cross

    While at Netflix, Miller served as Director of Production, working on such shows as Bridgerton, Jupiter’s LegacyNarcos and Outer Banks.

    Prior to Netflix, she served as SVP of Television Production at CBS Studios, working on such hits as Star Trek: Discovery, The Good Wife, The Good Fight, Hawaii 5-0, Magnum PI, Bull, Madam Secretary and Blue Bloods. In her first stint at Paramount, Miller worked on Star Trek: EnterpriseStar Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, as well as television classics Cheers and Frasier

    Liz received a bachelor's degree in broadcast communications at the University of Hawaii.  She resides with her husband and two children in the Los Angeles area.

  • Deborah Aquila

    Executive Vice President and Head of Casting, Paramount Television Studios & CBS Studios

    Deborah Aquila’s expansive career has included a multitude of distinguished positions, including
    Senior Vice President of Features Casting for Paramount Pictures. In March 2020, Aquila returned
    to Paramount Television Studios (PTVS) as Executive Vice President and Head of Casting for the
    studio. Since rejoining the studio in 2020 Aquila has led talent efforts for the studio’s tentpole
    series including The Offer, Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies and Fatal Attraction all for Paramount+
    and the global sensation Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan on Prime Video. In January 2023 Aquila
    expanded her role to include oversight of casting for CBS Studios making her the singular head of
    Casting for both studios.


    Beginning as a casting director with Steven Soderbergh’s sex, lies, and videotape, Aquila
    continued to build her respected reputation through her work on Last Exit to Brooklyn, The
    Shawshank Redemption and Mother, among others. Aquila’s recent film and television credits
    include the Academy Award-winning CODA and La La Land, in addition to the critically acclaimed
    series Dexter (SHOWTIME), The Shield (FX) and Mob City (TNT).


    Aquila is a proud member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Casting
    Society of America (CSA) and has been nominated 18 times for the Artios Award by the CSA,
    winning for the features Red, My Week with Marilyn, CODA and La La Land. Aquila was awarded
    the CSA’S Hoyt Bowers Award for Career Achievement in 2020. The 2021 Sundance Film Festival
    honored CODA with the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Ensemble Cast.
    In 2003, Aquila was recognized by the Hollywood community with the Hollywood Film Festival
    Career Achievement Award.

    Deborah Aquila’s expansive career has included a multitude of distinguished positions, including
    Senior Vice President of Features Casting for Paramount Pictures. In March 2020, Aquila returned
    to Paramount Television Studios (PTVS) as Executive Vice President and Head of Casting for the
    studio. Since rejoining the studio in 2020 Aquila has led talent efforts for the studio’s tentpole
    series including The Offer, Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies and Fatal Attraction all for Paramount+
    and the global sensation Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan on Prime Video. In January 2023 Aquila
    expanded her role to include oversight of casting for CBS Studios making her the singular head of
    Casting for both studios.


    Beginning as a casting director with Steven Soderbergh’s sex, lies, and videotape, Aquila
    continued to build her respected reputation through her work on Last Exit to Brooklyn, The
    Shawshank Redemption and Mother, among others. Aquila’s recent film and television credits
    include the Academy Award-winning CODA and La La Land, in addition to the critically acclaimed
    series Dexter (SHOWTIME), The Shield (FX) and Mob City (TNT).


    Aquila is a proud member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Casting
    Society of America (CSA) and has been nominated 18 times for the Artios Award by the CSA,
    winning for the features Red, My Week with Marilyn, CODA and La La Land. Aquila was awarded
    the CSA’S Hoyt Bowers Award for Career Achievement in 2020. The 2021 Sundance Film Festival
    honored CODA with the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Ensemble Cast.
    In 2003, Aquila was recognized by the Hollywood community with the Hollywood Film Festival
    Career Achievement Award.

  • Allison Brightman

    Executive Vice President/Co-Head of Business Affairs, CBS Studios and CBS

    January 2024

    Allison Brightman serves as Executive Vice President and Co-Head of Business Affairs, CBS Studios and CBS. Brightman, who originally joined the Studio in 2006, was promoted to Executive Vice President and Co-Head alongside Jeeun Kim in 2020.

    In her position, Brightman leads a business operation that supports the most-watched broadcast network in primetime, daytime and late night, and one of the world’s leading studios, supplying entertainment programming for broadcast, cable networks, streaming services, and other emerging platforms. Brightman oversees all “above-the-line” deals, and under her leadership, the business affair team has spearheaded 563 projects, term deals and series for over 30 broadcasters and streamers, domestically and internationally. This includes numerous high-profile titles for Paramount+ such as the much-anticipated return of FRASIER, the original movie event STAR TREK: SECTION 31 starring Oscar winner Michelle Yeoh and new global series STAR TREK: STARFLEET ACADEMY, as well as shows for Netflix, Roku, Apple TV+ and other third-party streaming partners. Brightman also oversaw all aspects of the NCIS: SYDNEY deal, the first international expansion of the world’s #1 TV franchise. She not only helped launch a new global series but set groundwork for more co-productions with international partners.

    Brightman has been with CBS for almost a decade and a half ascending in increasingly senior business affairs roles. Prior to joining CBS, she worked as senior legal counsel at HBO since 1998. Brightman earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley and her law degree from the USC Gould School of Law. She served as president of the board of directors of Disability Rights California for over eight years and continues to actively advocate on behalf of people with disabilities.

    January 2024

    Allison Brightman serves as Executive Vice President and Co-Head of Business Affairs, CBS Studios and CBS. Brightman, who originally joined the Studio in 2006, was promoted to Executive Vice President and Co-Head alongside Jeeun Kim in 2020.

    In her position, Brightman leads a business operation that supports the most-watched broadcast network in primetime, daytime and late night, and one of the world’s leading studios, supplying entertainment programming for broadcast, cable networks, streaming services, and other emerging platforms. Brightman oversees all “above-the-line” deals, and under her leadership, the business affair team has spearheaded 563 projects, term deals and series for over 30 broadcasters and streamers, domestically and internationally. This includes numerous high-profile titles for Paramount+ such as the much-anticipated return of FRASIER, the original movie event STAR TREK: SECTION 31 starring Oscar winner Michelle Yeoh and new global series STAR TREK: STARFLEET ACADEMY, as well as shows for Netflix, Roku, Apple TV+ and other third-party streaming partners. Brightman also oversaw all aspects of the NCIS: SYDNEY deal, the first international expansion of the world’s #1 TV franchise. She not only helped launch a new global series but set groundwork for more co-productions with international partners.

    Brightman has been with CBS for almost a decade and a half ascending in increasingly senior business affairs roles. Prior to joining CBS, she worked as senior legal counsel at HBO since 1998. Brightman earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley and her law degree from the USC Gould School of Law. She served as president of the board of directors of Disability Rights California for over eight years and continues to actively advocate on behalf of people with disabilities.

  • Deborah Aquila

    Executive Vice President and Head of Casting, Paramount Television Studios & CBS Studios

    Deborah Aquila’s expansive career has included a multitude of distinguished positions, including Senior Vice President of Features Casting for Paramount Pictures. In March 2020, Aquila returned to Paramount Television Studios (PTVS) as Executive Vice President and Head of Casting for the studio. Since rejoining the studio in 2020 Aquila has led casting efforts for the studio’s tentpole series including THE OFFER, GREASE: RISE OF THE PINK LADIES and FATAL ATTRACTION all for Paramount+ and the global sensation Tom Clancy’s “Jack Ryan” on Prime Video. In January 2023 Aquila expanded her role to include oversight of casting for CBS Studios making her the singular head of Casting for both studios. At CBS Studios, Aquila oversaw casting of CBS’s upcoming new dramas MATLOCK, starring Oscar® winner Kathy Bates, and ELSBETH, featuring Carrie Preston and Wendell Pierce, and new comedy series POPPA’S HOUSE, starring Damon Wayans and Damon Wayans Jr.

     

    Beginning as a casting director with Steven Soderbergh’s “Sex, Lies, and Videotape,” Aquila continued to build her respected reputation through her work on “Last Exit to Brooklyn,” “The Shawshank Redemption” and “Primal Fear,” among others. Aquila’s recent film and television credits include the Academy Award-winning “CODA” and “La La Land,” in addition to the critically acclaimed series “Dexter” (SHOWTIME), “The Shield(FX) and “Mob City” (TNT).

     

    Aquila is a proud member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Casting Society of America (CSA) and has been nominated 18 times for the Artios Award by the CSA, winning for the features “Red,” “My Week with Marilyn,” “CODA” and “La La Land.” Aquila was awarded the CSA’S Hoyt Bowers Award for Career Achievement in 2020. The 2021 Sundance Film Festival honored “CODA” with the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Ensemble Cast.

     

    In 2003, Aquila was recognized by the Hollywood community with the Hollywood Film Festival Career Achievement Award. 

    Deborah Aquila’s expansive career has included a multitude of distinguished positions, including Senior Vice President of Features Casting for Paramount Pictures. In March 2020, Aquila returned to Paramount Television Studios (PTVS) as Executive Vice President and Head of Casting for the studio. Since rejoining the studio in 2020 Aquila has led casting efforts for the studio’s tentpole series including THE OFFER, GREASE: RISE OF THE PINK LADIES and FATAL ATTRACTION all for Paramount+ and the global sensation Tom Clancy’s “Jack Ryan” on Prime Video. In January 2023 Aquila expanded her role to include oversight of casting for CBS Studios making her the singular head of Casting for both studios. At CBS Studios, Aquila oversaw casting of CBS’s upcoming new dramas MATLOCK, starring Oscar® winner Kathy Bates, and ELSBETH, featuring Carrie Preston and Wendell Pierce, and new comedy series POPPA’S HOUSE, starring Damon Wayans and Damon Wayans Jr.

     

    Beginning as a casting director with Steven Soderbergh’s “Sex, Lies, and Videotape,” Aquila continued to build her respected reputation through her work on “Last Exit to Brooklyn,” “The Shawshank Redemption” and “Primal Fear,” among others. Aquila’s recent film and television credits include the Academy Award-winning “CODA” and “La La Land,” in addition to the critically acclaimed series “Dexter” (SHOWTIME), “The Shield(FX) and “Mob City” (TNT).

     

    Aquila is a proud member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Casting Society of America (CSA) and has been nominated 18 times for the Artios Award by the CSA, winning for the features “Red,” “My Week with Marilyn,” “CODA” and “La La Land.” Aquila was awarded the CSA’S Hoyt Bowers Award for Career Achievement in 2020. The 2021 Sundance Film Festival honored “CODA” with the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Ensemble Cast.

     

    In 2003, Aquila was recognized by the Hollywood community with the Hollywood Film Festival Career Achievement Award. 

  • Eric Gray

    Executive Vice President and CFO, CBS Studios and Network Entertainment

    April 2022

    Eric Gray joined ViacomCBS (now Paramount Global) in 2021 as CFO, CBS Studios and Network Entertainment. In this role, Gray is responsible for leading long-range strategic and financial growth plans, annual budgeting, monthly forecasting, content profitability analysis and management reporting for each division. Prior to this appointment, Gray spent 19 years at NBCUniversal, most recently serving as Chief Financial Officer, Universal Studio Group. 

    Earlier in his career, Gray held financial management roles at both Fox Broadcasting and the Walt Disney Company. He began his career with Coopers & Lybrand in Detroit, where he earned his CPA certification. Gray received his BA in accounting from Michigan State University.

    Gray is based on the West Coast, where he lives with his wife and two daughters.

     

    April 2022

    Eric Gray joined ViacomCBS (now Paramount Global) in 2021 as CFO, CBS Studios and Network Entertainment. In this role, Gray is responsible for leading long-range strategic and financial growth plans, annual budgeting, monthly forecasting, content profitability analysis and management reporting for each division. Prior to this appointment, Gray spent 19 years at NBCUniversal, most recently serving as Chief Financial Officer, Universal Studio Group. 

    Earlier in his career, Gray held financial management roles at both Fox Broadcasting and the Walt Disney Company. He began his career with Coopers & Lybrand in Detroit, where he earned his CPA certification. Gray received his BA in accounting from Michigan State University.

    Gray is based on the West Coast, where he lives with his wife and two daughters.

     

  • Eric Gray

    Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

  • Stephanie Groves

    Executive Vice President, Streaming & Cable Current Programs, CBS Studios

    April 2022

    Stephanie Groves joined CBS Studios in 2018. She oversees the creative process on streaming, premium and cable series for CBS Studios.

    The streaming slate currently includes around 20 series at varying stages of production, such as “Dead to Me” (Netflix), “Swagger” (Apple TV+), THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH (Showtime), STAR TREK: PRODIGY (Nickelodeon), YOUR HONOR (Showtime), WHY WOMEN KILL, STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS, THE GAME and others for Paramount+.

    Prior to joining CBS Studios, Stephanie spent 19 years at Warner Bros. Television, during which she oversaw current series, including “Fringe,” “Supernatural,” “11/22/63,” “Person of Interest” and “Arrow,” among others.

    April 2022

    Stephanie Groves joined CBS Studios in 2018. She oversees the creative process on streaming, premium and cable series for CBS Studios.

    The streaming slate currently includes around 20 series at varying stages of production, such as “Dead to Me” (Netflix), “Swagger” (Apple TV+), THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH (Showtime), STAR TREK: PRODIGY (Nickelodeon), YOUR HONOR (Showtime), WHY WOMEN KILL, STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS, THE GAME and others for Paramount+.

    Prior to joining CBS Studios, Stephanie spent 19 years at Warner Bros. Television, during which she oversaw current series, including “Fringe,” “Supernatural,” “11/22/63,” “Person of Interest” and “Arrow,” among others.

  • Kristen Hall

    Executive Vice President, Head of Communications

  • Eric Kim

    Executive Vice President, Current Programs, CBS Entertainment and CBS Studios

    December 2022

    Eric Kim serves as the executive vice president of current programs. In his new role, Mr. Kim oversees current primetime and daytime programming on the CBS Television Network and for CBS Studios.

    Mr. Kim started at CBS in 2011. Over the last 11 years, he has overseen all phases of production on both comedy and drama series such as BLUE BLOODS, FBI: MOST WANTED, FBI: INTERNATIONAL, CSI and many more. Prior to joining the Network, he worked in live action series for Nickelodeon and Teen Nick from 2009-2011. He was also vice president of current programming at the CW from 2006-2009, and was part of the creative team that launched the new network when The WB and UPN networks merged. Mr. Kim was also an executive at UPN from 2004-2006.

    Mr. Kim got his start in the entertainment industry working for director Jonathan Demme on the Academy Award-winning film “Philadelphia” – upon its completion, he followed Demme to his production company in New York. 

    Mr. Kim graduated from The University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature. He currently sits on the board of Colour Entertainment, a non-profit organization of diverse executives in the media landscape. He also serves as a board member of non-profit Korean American Leaders in Hollywood (KALH). Formerly, he was a board member of the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE). 

    December 2022

    Eric Kim serves as the executive vice president of current programs. In his new role, Mr. Kim oversees current primetime and daytime programming on the CBS Television Network and for CBS Studios.

    Mr. Kim started at CBS in 2011. Over the last 11 years, he has overseen all phases of production on both comedy and drama series such as BLUE BLOODS, FBI: MOST WANTED, FBI: INTERNATIONAL, CSI and many more. Prior to joining the Network, he worked in live action series for Nickelodeon and Teen Nick from 2009-2011. He was also vice president of current programming at the CW from 2006-2009, and was part of the creative team that launched the new network when The WB and UPN networks merged. Mr. Kim was also an executive at UPN from 2004-2006.

    Mr. Kim got his start in the entertainment industry working for director Jonathan Demme on the Academy Award-winning film “Philadelphia” – upon its completion, he followed Demme to his production company in New York. 

    Mr. Kim graduated from The University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature. He currently sits on the board of Colour Entertainment, a non-profit organization of diverse executives in the media landscape. He also serves as a board member of non-profit Korean American Leaders in Hollywood (KALH). Formerly, he was a board member of the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE). 

  • Kristen Hall

    Executive Vice President, Communications, CBS Studios

     

     

     

     

  • Karen Howard

    Executive Vice President, Legal Affairs

    Karen Howard joined CBS Studios in 2007 as Assistant General Counsel. She is co-head of the 40-member legal affairs department, managing production lawyers, legal clearance group, contract administration group and legal assistants.

    In her role, Howard oversees production legal services for approximately 50 scripted television series for broadcast networks, cable networks and streaming platforms and for THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT, THE LATE LATE SHOW with JAMES CORDEN, and THE TALK.


    Fun fact: Karen lived in Japan for three years as a child.

    Karen Howard joined CBS Studios in 2007 as Assistant General Counsel. She is co-head of the 40-member legal affairs department, managing production lawyers, legal clearance group, contract administration group and legal assistants.

    In her role, Howard oversees production legal services for approximately 50 scripted television series for broadcast networks, cable networks and streaming platforms and for THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT, THE LATE LATE SHOW with JAMES CORDEN, and THE TALK.


    Fun fact: Karen lived in Japan for three years as a child.

  • Karen Howard

    Executive Vice President, Associate General Counsel, CBS Studios

    March 2022

    Karen Howard joined CBS Studios in 2007 as Assistant General Counsel. She is co-head of the 40-member legal affairs department, managing production lawyers, legal clearance group, contract administration group and legal assistants.

    In her role, Howard oversees production legal services for approximately 50 scripted television series for broadcast networks, cable networks and streaming platforms and for THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT, THE LATE LATE SHOW with JAMES CORDEN, and THE TALK.

    Fun fact: Karen lived in Japan for three years as a child.

     

    March 2022

    Karen Howard joined CBS Studios in 2007 as Assistant General Counsel. She is co-head of the 40-member legal affairs department, managing production lawyers, legal clearance group, contract administration group and legal assistants.

    In her role, Howard oversees production legal services for approximately 50 scripted television series for broadcast networks, cable networks and streaming platforms and for THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT, THE LATE LATE SHOW with JAMES CORDEN, and THE TALK.

    Fun fact: Karen lived in Japan for three years as a child.

     

  • Ellen Waggoner

    Senior Vice President, Associate General Counsel, Legal Affairs

    Ellen Waggoner joined CBS Studios’ predecessor, Paramount Network Television, in
    1999. She is co-head of the 40-member legal affairs department, managing production lawyers,
    legal clearance group, contract administration group and legal assistants.


    In her role, Waggoner oversees production legal services for approximately 50 scripted
    television series for broadcast networks, cable networks and streaming platforms and for late
    night programming.


    Fun fact: Ellen is a devoted animal rescuer/activist and vegan.

    Ellen Waggoner joined CBS Studios’ predecessor, Paramount Network Television, in
    1999. She is co-head of the 40-member legal affairs department, managing production lawyers,
    legal clearance group, contract administration group and legal assistants.


    In her role, Waggoner oversees production legal services for approximately 50 scripted
    television series for broadcast networks, cable networks and streaming platforms and for late
    night programming.


    Fun fact: Ellen is a devoted animal rescuer/activist and vegan.

  • Sheldon Kasdan

    Executive Vice President, Labor Relations, CBS

    March 2022

    Sheldon Kasdan joined CBS in 2016 as Vice President, Labor Relations. He oversees CBS’ labor relations department, with a primary emphasis on labor negotiations and strategic support of both CBS’ Studio and Broadcast groups.

    Kasdan is also CBS’ representative on the board of directors of the Alliance of Motion Pictures and Television Producers, the trade association that represents the Studio in industry-wide collective bargaining agreements.

    Fun fact: In 2000 Kasdan set the record for the highest point total in the short-lived Fox Sports game show “Sports Geniuses” (a sports trivia game show).

    March 2022

    Sheldon Kasdan joined CBS in 2016 as Vice President, Labor Relations. He oversees CBS’ labor relations department, with a primary emphasis on labor negotiations and strategic support of both CBS’ Studio and Broadcast groups.

    Kasdan is also CBS’ representative on the board of directors of the Alliance of Motion Pictures and Television Producers, the trade association that represents the Studio in industry-wide collective bargaining agreements.

    Fun fact: In 2000 Kasdan set the record for the highest point total in the short-lived Fox Sports game show “Sports Geniuses” (a sports trivia game show).

  • Lindsey Martin

    SVP, International Co-Productions and Development for CBS Studios

    June 2023

    Lindsey Martin is SVP of international co-productions and development for CBS Studios International. Martin oversees the Studios’ global slate of diverse, premium scripted series, including the first-ever international series to come out of the NCIS franchise, NCIS: SYDNEY; an Australian period comedy “Gold Diggers”; and “Oderbruch,” an elevated-genre drama in Germany. She is currently executive producing series at Sky, ABC, Network 10, Channel 5, ARD Degeto, Amazon and Paramount+, among others, and continues to source, package and develop international co-productions for the Studios.

    Prior to joining CBS, Martin was one of the first creative scripted hires for Netflix in APAC. She was responsible for the development, production and launch of over 10 Asian original series – including “Selection Day” in India, “The Ghost Bride” in Malaysia and “The Stranded” in Thailand – and built out the creative pipeline across Southeast Asia and Australia. Prior to Netflix, Martin was VP of co-productions and development at Infinite Studios Singapore, where she co-produced films and series such as “Crazy Rich Asians” for Warner Bros and “Halfworlds” for HBO Asia.

    Before moving to Asia, Martin had a successful career in U.S. domestic film and television as head of development for Mike Tollin Pictures, where she worked on Yahoo’s first original comedy series and set up shows at networks including Showtime, TBS, Fox, ABC and MTV. She started her career with the Mark Gordon Company, working across film and series, including “Grey’s Anatomy,” CRIMINAL MINDS, “Army Wives” and RAY DONOVAN.

    June 2023

    Lindsey Martin is SVP of international co-productions and development for CBS Studios International. Martin oversees the Studios’ global slate of diverse, premium scripted series, including the first-ever international series to come out of the NCIS franchise, NCIS: SYDNEY; an Australian period comedy “Gold Diggers”; and “Oderbruch,” an elevated-genre drama in Germany. She is currently executive producing series at Sky, ABC, Network 10, Channel 5, ARD Degeto, Amazon and Paramount+, among others, and continues to source, package and develop international co-productions for the Studios.

    Prior to joining CBS, Martin was one of the first creative scripted hires for Netflix in APAC. She was responsible for the development, production and launch of over 10 Asian original series – including “Selection Day” in India, “The Ghost Bride” in Malaysia and “The Stranded” in Thailand – and built out the creative pipeline across Southeast Asia and Australia. Prior to Netflix, Martin was VP of co-productions and development at Infinite Studios Singapore, where she co-produced films and series such as “Crazy Rich Asians” for Warner Bros and “Halfworlds” for HBO Asia.

    Before moving to Asia, Martin had a successful career in U.S. domestic film and television as head of development for Mike Tollin Pictures, where she worked on Yahoo’s first original comedy series and set up shows at networks including Showtime, TBS, Fox, ABC and MTV. She started her career with the Mark Gordon Company, working across film and series, including “Grey’s Anatomy,” CRIMINAL MINDS, “Army Wives” and RAY DONOVAN.

  • Amy Osler

    Executive Vice President, Music, CBS Studios

    December 2019

    Amy Osler was named Executive Vice President, Music, CBS Television Studios in August 2018.

    In her position, Osler serves as the liaison between CBS Television Network/Studios and the music industry, and is responsible for identifying new and established performers whose music or personal appearances can be integrated into programming across all series.

    Osler has been responsible for many creative music integrations since joining CBS Television Studios in 2006. She has secured musical guest appearances by Black Sabbath, Maren Morris, Gary Clark Jr., Sheryl Crow, Cyndi Lauper, Darius Rucker, Ziggy Marley and the X Ambassadors.

    Osler works with artists, managers, producers, writers, publishers and record companies in conjunction with music supervisors to secure creative placement of recorded and live music in CBS and CBS Television Studios programs.

    From 2004-2006, Osler was Vice President of Television Marketing for Columbia Records, where her job responsibilities included securing placement of current and catalog music in television shows as well as creating performance opportunities for artists in primetime and daytime television.

    Osler began her music industry career at MCA Concerts, where she worked from 1991-1995. She transitioned to Sony Music/Columbia Records, where she spent nine years (1995-2004), including the last seven as Vice President of Media for Columbia Records, where she was responsible for placing the company’s artists on all late night television shows, award shows and specials in a performance capacity as well as in acting roles.

    December 2019

    Amy Osler was named Executive Vice President, Music, CBS Television Studios in August 2018.

    In her position, Osler serves as the liaison between CBS Television Network/Studios and the music industry, and is responsible for identifying new and established performers whose music or personal appearances can be integrated into programming across all series.

    Osler has been responsible for many creative music integrations since joining CBS Television Studios in 2006. She has secured musical guest appearances by Black Sabbath, Maren Morris, Gary Clark Jr., Sheryl Crow, Cyndi Lauper, Darius Rucker, Ziggy Marley and the X Ambassadors.

    Osler works with artists, managers, producers, writers, publishers and record companies in conjunction with music supervisors to secure creative placement of recorded and live music in CBS and CBS Television Studios programs.

    From 2004-2006, Osler was Vice President of Television Marketing for Columbia Records, where her job responsibilities included securing placement of current and catalog music in television shows as well as creating performance opportunities for artists in primetime and daytime television.

    Osler began her music industry career at MCA Concerts, where she worked from 1991-1995. She transitioned to Sony Music/Columbia Records, where she spent nine years (1995-2004), including the last seven as Vice President of Media for Columbia Records, where she was responsible for placing the company’s artists on all late night television shows, award shows and specials in a performance capacity as well as in acting roles.

  • Bryan Seabury

    Executive Vice President, Drama Development, CBS Studios

    June 2023

    In his position as EVP of drama development, Seabury oversees the development and creation of all drama series for broadcast, cable and streaming on behalf of CBS Studios. Seabury has developed dozens of successful series, including this season’s most-watched new drama, FIRE COUNTRY for CBS, YOUR HONOR for Showtime, RABBIT HOLE for Paramount+, “Swagger” for Apple TV+, “Unbelievable” and the upcoming “Glamorous” for Netflix, and “Most Dangerous Game” for Quibi/Roku, among others.

    Seabury was named head of drama development at CBS Studios in 2016, which marked his return to the studio after nearly seven years in drama development at CBS Network. During that time, he was involved in the development of BULL, BLUE BLOODS, MADAM SECRETARY, NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, SCORPION, ELEMENTARY and HAWAII FIVE-O.

    Prior to his stint at CBS Entertainment, Seabury was vice president of drama development for CBS Studios, joining the company in July 2006.

    Previously, he served as vice president of TV development for Mark Johnson’s Gran Via Productions, where he developed and served as a producer on LOVE MONKEY for CBS. Seabury graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Vanderbilt University.

    June 2023

    In his position as EVP of drama development, Seabury oversees the development and creation of all drama series for broadcast, cable and streaming on behalf of CBS Studios. Seabury has developed dozens of successful series, including this season’s most-watched new drama, FIRE COUNTRY for CBS, YOUR HONOR for Showtime, RABBIT HOLE for Paramount+, “Swagger” for Apple TV+, “Unbelievable” and the upcoming “Glamorous” for Netflix, and “Most Dangerous Game” for Quibi/Roku, among others.

    Seabury was named head of drama development at CBS Studios in 2016, which marked his return to the studio after nearly seven years in drama development at CBS Network. During that time, he was involved in the development of BULL, BLUE BLOODS, MADAM SECRETARY, NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, SCORPION, ELEMENTARY and HAWAII FIVE-O.

    Prior to his stint at CBS Entertainment, Seabury was vice president of drama development for CBS Studios, joining the company in July 2006.

    Previously, he served as vice president of TV development for Mark Johnson’s Gran Via Productions, where he developed and served as a producer on LOVE MONKEY for CBS. Seabury graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Vanderbilt University.

  • Ellen Waggoner

    Executive Vice President, Associate General Counsel, Legal Affairs, CBS Studios

    March 2022

    Ellen Waggoner joined CBS Studios’ predecessor, Paramount Network Television, in 1999. She is co-head of the 40-member legal affairs department, managing production lawyers, legal clearance group, contract administration group and legal assistants.

    In her role, Waggoner oversees production legal services for approximately 50 scripted television series for broadcast networks, cable networks and streaming platforms and for late night programming.

    Fun fact:  Ellen is a devoted animal rescuer/activist and vegan.

    March 2022

    Ellen Waggoner joined CBS Studios’ predecessor, Paramount Network Television, in 1999. She is co-head of the 40-member legal affairs department, managing production lawyers, legal clearance group, contract administration group and legal assistants.

    In her role, Waggoner oversees production legal services for approximately 50 scripted television series for broadcast networks, cable networks and streaming platforms and for late night programming.

    Fun fact:  Ellen is a devoted animal rescuer/activist and vegan.

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