• George Cheeks

    President and Chief Executive Officer, CBS, and Chief Content Officer, News and Sports, Paramount+

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  • Kelly Kahl

    President, CBS Entertainment

    Oct. 2021

    Kelly Kahl was promoted to President, CBS Entertainment in May 2017. In this position, he leads all parts of the Entertainment Division and also oversees Entertainment matters in marketing and promotion, digital/interactive, diversity and inclusion, publicity, research and scheduling.

    Since taking on his current role, Kahl has kept CBS on top of the network standings. CBS was once again #1 in viewers for the 2020-2021 broadcast season, marking the 18th time in 19 seasons, and 13th straight, as America’s Most Watched Network.

    During his previous 25 years at the Company, Kahl served as the Network’s head of scheduling, helping build CBS’ durable and successful scheduling framework that nurtured hit shows for the Network and valuable programming assets for CBS. He also made key scheduling moves that vaulted many shows to huge success, including BULL, BLUE BLOODS, SURVIVOR, “The Big Bang Theory,” YOUNG SHELDON, “CSI” and all three editions of the NCIS franchise. In addition, he had a significant hand in the development and scheduling of CBS’ newest hits, FBI, FBI: MOST WANTED, FBI: INTERNATIONAL, NCIS: HAWAI`I, CSI: VEGAS, THE NEIGHBORHOOD, BOB ABISHOLA, GHOSTS and THE EQUALIZER.

    Before being named President of Entertainment, Kahl had been Senior Executive Vice President, CBS Primetime, since 2005. He joined CBS in January 1996 as Vice President, Scheduling, CBS Entertainment, following three years as Director, Network Research at Warner Bros. Television. He joined Lorimar Television in 1990 (before Lorimar and Warner Bros. Television combined operations) as a research intern and quickly rose through the ranks as a research analyst and then manager, before assuming responsibility for the research department in 1993.

    Kahl is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison (B.A., Communications, 1989) and the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communications (M.A., Communications Management, 1991).

    Oct. 2021

    Kelly Kahl was promoted to President, CBS Entertainment in May 2017. In this position, he leads all parts of the Entertainment Division and also oversees Entertainment matters in marketing and promotion, digital/interactive, diversity and inclusion, publicity, research and scheduling.

    Since taking on his current role, Kahl has kept CBS on top of the network standings. CBS was once again #1 in viewers for the 2020-2021 broadcast season, marking the 18th time in 19 seasons, and 13th straight, as America’s Most Watched Network.

    During his previous 25 years at the Company, Kahl served as the Network’s head of scheduling, helping build CBS’ durable and successful scheduling framework that nurtured hit shows for the Network and valuable programming assets for CBS. He also made key scheduling moves that vaulted many shows to huge success, including BULL, BLUE BLOODS, SURVIVOR, “The Big Bang Theory,” YOUNG SHELDON, “CSI” and all three editions of the NCIS franchise. In addition, he had a significant hand in the development and scheduling of CBS’ newest hits, FBI, FBI: MOST WANTED, FBI: INTERNATIONAL, NCIS: HAWAI`I, CSI: VEGAS, THE NEIGHBORHOOD, BOB ABISHOLA, GHOSTS and THE EQUALIZER.

    Before being named President of Entertainment, Kahl had been Senior Executive Vice President, CBS Primetime, since 2005. He joined CBS in January 1996 as Vice President, Scheduling, CBS Entertainment, following three years as Director, Network Research at Warner Bros. Television. He joined Lorimar Television in 1990 (before Lorimar and Warner Bros. Television combined operations) as a research intern and quickly rose through the ranks as a research analyst and then manager, before assuming responsibility for the research department in 1993.

    Kahl is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison (B.A., Communications, 1989) and the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communications (M.A., Communications Management, 1991).

  • Bryon Rubin

    Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, CBS Entertainment Group

    April 2021

    Bryon Rubin oversees all financial and business operations that support the divisions of the CBS Entertainment group. This group includes the CBS Television Network (CBS Entertainment, CBS News, CBS Sports), CBS Studios, CBS Television Stations, CBS Media Ventures and the digital assets related to each of these groups.

    Mr. Rubin has been with CBS (now ViacomCBS) for 22 years, serving in various roles, including Executive Vice President of Corporate Development, with responsibility for company-wide Strategy and Mergers & Acquisitions. Prior to that, he was Chief Financial Officer of CBS Interactive.

    Before to joining CBS, Mr. Rubin worked in investment banking and public accounting. He is a graduate of Lehigh University and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

    April 2021

    Bryon Rubin oversees all financial and business operations that support the divisions of the CBS Entertainment group. This group includes the CBS Television Network (CBS Entertainment, CBS News, CBS Sports), CBS Studios, CBS Television Stations, CBS Media Ventures and the digital assets related to each of these groups.

    Mr. Rubin has been with CBS (now ViacomCBS) for 22 years, serving in various roles, including Executive Vice President of Corporate Development, with responsibility for company-wide Strategy and Mergers & Acquisitions. Prior to that, he was Chief Financial Officer of CBS Interactive.

    Before to joining CBS, Mr. Rubin worked in investment banking and public accounting. He is a graduate of Lehigh University and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Mike Benson

    President and Chief Marketing Officer, CBS

    August 2022

     

    Mike Benson is president and chief marketing officer of CBS, a role he assumed in September 2019.

     

    Benson is responsible for all CBS brand marketing activities, including advertising, promotion, creative, social media, experiential marketing and events across CBS Entertainment, CBS News and Stations, CBS Sports, CBS Studios, CBS Media Ventures and CBS Digital. He works closely with Paramount+ and Paramount Global Content Distribution coordinating branding and marketing efforts with those groups.

     

    Benson and his team unveiled an evolved look and feel for the iconic brand beginning in fall 2020 and continue to evolve it as part of a strategy that unifies branding across theCBS divisions under Benson’s domain. It reinforces continuity and clarity from the core brand to the subsidiary brands while driving attribution for CBS content, whether on the brand’s platforms or others – live, on demand or streaming. Among his more recent campaigns are THE PRICE IS RIGHT COME ON DOWN TOUR, celebrating 50 years of the legendary CBS Original game show with an epic coast-to-coast tour that brought the Wheel, Plinko and prizes to fans at 50 iconic locations. Additionally, on the heels of a successful launch campaign for TV’s #1 new comedy, CBS Original GHOSTS, Benson’s team presented “Summer of GHOSTS,” an immersive campaign with multi-city in-person events, a unique Web3 metaverse game, and NFTs honoring the spirited title characters, living leads and its upcoming sophomore season.

     

    Previously, Benson was head of marketing at Amazon Studios. He led marketing efforts in support of Amazon Original Content, exclusively for Prime Video. He and his team launched and marketed a wide range of adult, sports and children’s programming, including series such as “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan,” “The Man in the High Castle,” “Homecoming,” “Thursday Night Football,” “The Boys” and others. His work at Amazon was recognized with Adweek’s Brand Genius and Grand Brand Genius Awards, 37 Clio Awards, including two Grand Clios, five Cannes Lion Awards and an Emmy nomination.

     

    Prior to Amazon, Benson was chief creative officer for the Time Warner Global Media Group. In this role, he executed a wide range of innovative partnerships with brand marketers across the Time Warner corporate portfolio, including HBO, Warner Bros., Time Inc. and Turner Networks.

     

    Benson also spent over 12 years at the Walt Disney Company, serving as executive vice president of marketing for the ABC Entertainment Group. He oversaw all marketing and promotional activities for primetime, late night and ABC Studios programming, creating a host of globally executed and highly recognized marketing campaigns for scripted and non-scripted series, specials, movies and mini-series, including “Modern Family,” “Lost,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “The Bachelor.”

     

    Benson started his career at CBS, working in various positions at WCCO-TV/Minneapolis, and later serving as director of communications and director of creative services for KCBS-TV/Los Angeles. He later worked at VH1/MTV Networks, serving as senior vice president of promotion and program planning.

     

    Married to actress Rebecca Budig and a father of three, Benson resides in Los Angeles.

     

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    August 2022

     

    Mike Benson is president and chief marketing officer of CBS, a role he assumed in September 2019.

     

    Benson is responsible for all CBS brand marketing activities, including advertising, promotion, creative, social media, experiential marketing and events across CBS Entertainment, CBS News and Stations, CBS Sports, CBS Studios, CBS Media Ventures and CBS Digital. He works closely with Paramount+ and Paramount Global Content Distribution coordinating branding and marketing efforts with those groups.

     

    Benson and his team unveiled an evolved look and feel for the iconic brand beginning in fall 2020 and continue to evolve it as part of a strategy that unifies branding across theCBS divisions under Benson’s domain. It reinforces continuity and clarity from the core brand to the subsidiary brands while driving attribution for CBS content, whether on the brand’s platforms or others – live, on demand or streaming. Among his more recent campaigns are THE PRICE IS RIGHT COME ON DOWN TOUR, celebrating 50 years of the legendary CBS Original game show with an epic coast-to-coast tour that brought the Wheel, Plinko and prizes to fans at 50 iconic locations. Additionally, on the heels of a successful launch campaign for TV’s #1 new comedy, CBS Original GHOSTS, Benson’s team presented “Summer of GHOSTS,” an immersive campaign with multi-city in-person events, a unique Web3 metaverse game, and NFTs honoring the spirited title characters, living leads and its upcoming sophomore season.

     

    Previously, Benson was head of marketing at Amazon Studios. He led marketing efforts in support of Amazon Original Content, exclusively for Prime Video. He and his team launched and marketed a wide range of adult, sports and children’s programming, including series such as “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan,” “The Man in the High Castle,” “Homecoming,” “Thursday Night Football,” “The Boys” and others. His work at Amazon was recognized with Adweek’s Brand Genius and Grand Brand Genius Awards, 37 Clio Awards, including two Grand Clios, five Cannes Lion Awards and an Emmy nomination.

     

    Prior to Amazon, Benson was chief creative officer for the Time Warner Global Media Group. In this role, he executed a wide range of innovative partnerships with brand marketers across the Time Warner corporate portfolio, including HBO, Warner Bros., Time Inc. and Turner Networks.

     

    Benson also spent over 12 years at the Walt Disney Company, serving as executive vice president of marketing for the ABC Entertainment Group. He oversaw all marketing and promotional activities for primetime, late night and ABC Studios programming, creating a host of globally executed and highly recognized marketing campaigns for scripted and non-scripted series, specials, movies and mini-series, including “Modern Family,” “Lost,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “The Bachelor.”

     

    Benson started his career at CBS, working in various positions at WCCO-TV/Minneapolis, and later serving as director of communications and director of creative services for KCBS-TV/Los Angeles. He later worked at VH1/MTV Networks, serving as senior vice president of promotion and program planning.

     

    Married to actress Rebecca Budig and a father of three, Benson resides in Los Angeles.

     

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  • Radha Subramanyam

    Chief Research and Analytics Officer, CBS Corporation; President, CBS Vision

    February 2021

    Radha Subramanyam serves as Chief Research and Analytics Officer, CBS and President, CBS Vision. She joined CBS as Executive Vice President, Chief Research and Analytics Officer of the CBS Television Network in November 2017. She reports to George Cheeks, President and Chief Executive Officer, CBS Entertainment Group, while also working closely with David Nevins, Chief Creative Officer, CBS.

    In this role, Subramanyam oversees all research operations for CBS, including cross-platform audience measurement, analytics, market research, program testing and advertising research. She has extensive experience in research and data analytics in all areas of the industry, including broadcast, cable and digital, as well as radio and social media.

    Previously, Subramanyam served as President of Research, Insights and Data Analytics for iHeartMedia, where she developed and managed wide-ranging data and research efforts involving digital analytics, ratings and measurement, ad sales research, mobile measurement, programming analysis, music research, campaign measurement and marketing research.

    Prior to joining iHeartMedia, Subramanyam held senior executive research roles at Yahoo!, MTV Networks and Nielsen, where she was one of that company’s early leaders of a new analytics and consulting practice. Before beginning her career in the media industry, she taught media and entertainment at Vassar College and New York University.

    Subramanyam serves on the board of directors of the International Radio & Television Society and the Advertising Research Foundation. She has been named as one of Corinium’s Top 100 Innovators in Data and Analytics numerous times, most recently in 2020. Subramanyam was also one of the power women in Variety’s 2019 Women’s Impact Report. 

    Subramanyam is a graduate of Northwestern University, with a Ph.D. in radio, television, and film.

    February 2021

    Radha Subramanyam serves as Chief Research and Analytics Officer, CBS and President, CBS Vision. She joined CBS as Executive Vice President, Chief Research and Analytics Officer of the CBS Television Network in November 2017. She reports to George Cheeks, President and Chief Executive Officer, CBS Entertainment Group, while also working closely with David Nevins, Chief Creative Officer, CBS.

    In this role, Subramanyam oversees all research operations for CBS, including cross-platform audience measurement, analytics, market research, program testing and advertising research. She has extensive experience in research and data analytics in all areas of the industry, including broadcast, cable and digital, as well as radio and social media.

    Previously, Subramanyam served as President of Research, Insights and Data Analytics for iHeartMedia, where she developed and managed wide-ranging data and research efforts involving digital analytics, ratings and measurement, ad sales research, mobile measurement, programming analysis, music research, campaign measurement and marketing research.

    Prior to joining iHeartMedia, Subramanyam held senior executive research roles at Yahoo!, MTV Networks and Nielsen, where she was one of that company’s early leaders of a new analytics and consulting practice. Before beginning her career in the media industry, she taught media and entertainment at Vassar College and New York University.

    Subramanyam serves on the board of directors of the International Radio & Television Society and the Advertising Research Foundation. She has been named as one of Corinium’s Top 100 Innovators in Data and Analytics numerous times, most recently in 2020. Subramanyam was also one of the power women in Variety’s 2019 Women’s Impact Report. 

    Subramanyam is a graduate of Northwestern University, with a Ph.D. in radio, television, and film.

  • Thom Sherman

    Senior Executive Vice President, Programming, CBS Entertainment

    January 2021

    Thom Sherman is Senior Executive Vice President, Programming, CBS Entertainment. In this position, which reports to Kelly Kahl, President, CBS Entertainment, Sherman oversees creative affairs for entertainment programming in all dayparts and genres including comedy, drama, reality, daytime, late night, and specials.

    Sherman joined CBS in 2017, and his first two primetime programming slates produced the #1 new dramas and comedies each season (FBI, FBI: MOST WANTED, THE NEIGHBORHOOD, BOB ABISHOLA). His third slate produced the #1 new comedy for 2020-2021, B POSITIVE, and the eagerly anticipated new dramas THE EQUALIZER and CLARICE, which premiere in February 2021. Sherman also helped develop and oversee last summer’s #1 new reality series, TOUGH AS NAILS, whose second season also premieres in February 2021. Sherman also helped oversee the development and launch of hits YOUNG SHELDON, MAGNUM P.I., ALL RISE, THE UNICORN, and EVIL. He also helps supervise Emmy-nominated late night series THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT, THE LATE LATE SHOW with JAMES CORDEN, hit reality series BIG BROTHER, SURVIVOR, AMAZING RACE, and UNDERCOVER BOSS, and hit daytime series THE PRICE IS RIGHT, LET’S MAKE A DEAL, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL and THE TALK. Under Sherman’s watch, CBS has maintained its position as the #1 rated television network in America.

    From 2006 to 2017, Sherman was Executive Vice President, The CW Television Network, where he was responsible for development and oversight of its entire slate of primetime programming. Sherman developed and supervised smash-hit series THE FLASH and RIVERDALE as well as Golden Globes-winning comedies JANE THE VIRGIN and CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND. Additionally, Sherman developed and supervised buzz-worthy scripted hits ARROW, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, and GOSSIP GIRL. On the reality side, Sherman developed and oversaw the revival of hit improv comedy WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? and the development and launch of the U.S. version of hit magic series PENN & TELLER: FOOL US.

    From 2004 to 2006, Sherman was President of Bad Robot Productions, which he co-founded with J.J. Abrams. Sherman was in charge of all television content, helping to oversee the first two seasons of the Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning series LOST and the last two seasons of cult favorite ALIAS. He also developed and executive produced several pilots and series, including WHAT ABOUT BRIAN and SIX DEGREES.

    From 1996 to 2004, Sherman worked in Drama Series Development at the ABC Television Network, the last five years of which he was department head with the title Senior Vice President. While at ABC, he was responsible for development and/or oversight of over three dozen primetime dramas, including critically acclaimed, award-winning series such as GREY’S ANATOMY, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, LOST, NYPD BLUE, THE PRACTICE, ALIAS, and ONCE & AGAIN.

    Sherman was born in Chicago and raised in Pittsburgh, Pa. and Del Mar, Calif. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater from the University of California at San Diego.

    January 2021

    Thom Sherman is Senior Executive Vice President, Programming, CBS Entertainment. In this position, which reports to Kelly Kahl, President, CBS Entertainment, Sherman oversees creative affairs for entertainment programming in all dayparts and genres including comedy, drama, reality, daytime, late night, and specials.

    Sherman joined CBS in 2017, and his first two primetime programming slates produced the #1 new dramas and comedies each season (FBI, FBI: MOST WANTED, THE NEIGHBORHOOD, BOB ABISHOLA). His third slate produced the #1 new comedy for 2020-2021, B POSITIVE, and the eagerly anticipated new dramas THE EQUALIZER and CLARICE, which premiere in February 2021. Sherman also helped develop and oversee last summer’s #1 new reality series, TOUGH AS NAILS, whose second season also premieres in February 2021. Sherman also helped oversee the development and launch of hits YOUNG SHELDON, MAGNUM P.I., ALL RISE, THE UNICORN, and EVIL. He also helps supervise Emmy-nominated late night series THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT, THE LATE LATE SHOW with JAMES CORDEN, hit reality series BIG BROTHER, SURVIVOR, AMAZING RACE, and UNDERCOVER BOSS, and hit daytime series THE PRICE IS RIGHT, LET’S MAKE A DEAL, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL and THE TALK. Under Sherman’s watch, CBS has maintained its position as the #1 rated television network in America.

    From 2006 to 2017, Sherman was Executive Vice President, The CW Television Network, where he was responsible for development and oversight of its entire slate of primetime programming. Sherman developed and supervised smash-hit series THE FLASH and RIVERDALE as well as Golden Globes-winning comedies JANE THE VIRGIN and CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND. Additionally, Sherman developed and supervised buzz-worthy scripted hits ARROW, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, and GOSSIP GIRL. On the reality side, Sherman developed and oversaw the revival of hit improv comedy WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? and the development and launch of the U.S. version of hit magic series PENN & TELLER: FOOL US.

    From 2004 to 2006, Sherman was President of Bad Robot Productions, which he co-founded with J.J. Abrams. Sherman was in charge of all television content, helping to oversee the first two seasons of the Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning series LOST and the last two seasons of cult favorite ALIAS. He also developed and executive produced several pilots and series, including WHAT ABOUT BRIAN and SIX DEGREES.

    From 1996 to 2004, Sherman worked in Drama Series Development at the ABC Television Network, the last five years of which he was department head with the title Senior Vice President. While at ABC, he was responsible for development and/or oversight of over three dozen primetime dramas, including critically acclaimed, award-winning series such as GREY’S ANATOMY, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, LOST, NYPD BLUE, THE PRACTICE, ALIAS, and ONCE & AGAIN.

    Sherman was born in Chicago and raised in Pittsburgh, Pa. and Del Mar, Calif. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater from the University of California at San Diego.

  • Chris Ender

    Executive Vice President, Communications, CBS

    June 2022

    Chris Ender was named Executive Vice President of Communications for CBS in June 2020. He reports to George Cheeks, President and Chief Executive Officer of CBS. In this post, Ender oversees external and internal communication and media relations for all CBS divisions, including Entertainment, News, Sports and Studios.

    Ender joined CBS in 1996 as Vice President, Media Relations for CBS Entertainment. During his 26 years at the company, he has expanded the CBS Television Network’s public relations operation, created the CBS Television Studios PR department and helped shape communications strategies for the company’s international television business and for multiple other CBS divisions.

    He’s also overseen launch campaigns for shows that have built CBS into America’s Most Watched Network, including “Survivor,” “CSI,” “NCIS,” The Big Bang Theory,” “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and “The Late Late Show with James Corden.” He has also supervised communications for dozens of significant perennial events such as the “Grammy Awards” and “Kennedy Center Honors.”

    Before joining CBS, Ender served as Vice President, Media Relations for Sony Pictures Television. Previously, he was an account executive at Bender, Goldman & Helper public relations.

    Ender is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in Journalism.

    June 2022

    Chris Ender was named Executive Vice President of Communications for CBS in June 2020. He reports to George Cheeks, President and Chief Executive Officer of CBS. In this post, Ender oversees external and internal communication and media relations for all CBS divisions, including Entertainment, News, Sports and Studios.

    Ender joined CBS in 1996 as Vice President, Media Relations for CBS Entertainment. During his 26 years at the company, he has expanded the CBS Television Network’s public relations operation, created the CBS Television Studios PR department and helped shape communications strategies for the company’s international television business and for multiple other CBS divisions.

    He’s also overseen launch campaigns for shows that have built CBS into America’s Most Watched Network, including “Survivor,” “CSI,” “NCIS,” The Big Bang Theory,” “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and “The Late Late Show with James Corden.” He has also supervised communications for dozens of significant perennial events such as the “Grammy Awards” and “Kennedy Center Honors.”

    Before joining CBS, Ender served as Vice President, Media Relations for Sony Pictures Television. Previously, he was an account executive at Bender, Goldman & Helper public relations.

    Ender is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in Journalism.

  • Yelena Chak

    Executive Vice President, Drama Series Development, CBS Entertainment

    January 2021

    Yelena Chak was named head of drama development for CBS Entertainment in September 2017. In her position, Chak oversees development for the Network’s new drama series. She reports to Thom Sherman, Senior Executive Vice President, Programming, CBS Entertainment.

    Chak joined CBS Entertainment in 2007 as Director, Drama Series, and was named Vice President in 2009, Senior Vice President in 2016 and Executive Vice President in 2019. During her time at the Network, she has been involved in the development of the FBI franchise, the NCIS franchise, EVIL, ALL RISE, BULL, MAGNUM P.I., MACGYVER, GOD FRIENDED ME, SEAL TEAM, S.W.A.T., INSTINCT, BULL, “Zoo,” BLUE BLOODS, MADAM SECRETARY“Madam Secretary,” “Salvation,” “Scorpion,” “Under the Dome,” ELEMENTARY“Elementary,” “Person of Interest,” HAWAII FIVE-0,“Hawaii 5Five-0 BLUE BLOODS,” “The Good Wife,” and “The Mentalist,,” as well as the Network’s new fall dramas, ALL RISECLARICE and THE EVILEQUALIZER.

    Before joining CBS, Chak worked in drama development at Jerry Bruckheimer Television, where she oversaw such series as “Without a Trace,” “Cold Case” and the “CSI” franchise. Previously, she worked at NBC, where she participated in the network’s Associate Program, which led to a position in comedy development. Chak began her Hollywood career in the mailroom at UTA, where she was quickly promoted to agent trainee in the TV literary department.

    Chak is a graduate of Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in economics. She also holds a Master of Business Administration from Stanford University.

    January 2021

    Yelena Chak was named head of drama development for CBS Entertainment in September 2017. In her position, Chak oversees development for the Network’s new drama series. She reports to Thom Sherman, Senior Executive Vice President, Programming, CBS Entertainment.

    Chak joined CBS Entertainment in 2007 as Director, Drama Series, and was named Vice President in 2009, Senior Vice President in 2016 and Executive Vice President in 2019. During her time at the Network, she has been involved in the development of the FBI franchise, the NCIS franchise, EVIL, ALL RISE, BULL, MAGNUM P.I., MACGYVER, GOD FRIENDED ME, SEAL TEAM, S.W.A.T., INSTINCT, BULL, “Zoo,” BLUE BLOODS, MADAM SECRETARY“Madam Secretary,” “Salvation,” “Scorpion,” “Under the Dome,” ELEMENTARY“Elementary,” “Person of Interest,” HAWAII FIVE-0,“Hawaii 5Five-0 BLUE BLOODS,” “The Good Wife,” and “The Mentalist,,” as well as the Network’s new fall dramas, ALL RISECLARICE and THE EVILEQUALIZER.

    Before joining CBS, Chak worked in drama development at Jerry Bruckheimer Television, where she oversaw such series as “Without a Trace,” “Cold Case” and the “CSI” franchise. Previously, she worked at NBC, where she participated in the network’s Associate Program, which led to a position in comedy development. Chak began her Hollywood career in the mailroom at UTA, where she was quickly promoted to agent trainee in the TV literary department.

    Chak is a graduate of Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in economics. She also holds a Master of Business Administration from Stanford University.

  • Noriko Kelley

    Executive Vice President, Program Planning & Scheduling, CBS Entertainment

    January 2021

    Noriko Kelley was promoted to Executive Vice President, Program Planning & Scheduling, CBS Entertainment, in June 2017, succeeding Kelly Kahl when he was named president of the division. She is the first-ever female head of scheduling for any broadcast television network.

    In this position, which reports to Kahl, Kelley’s primary responsibility is overseeing the program planning and scheduling of all primetime programming for the CBS Television Network. She also supervises coordination between CBS programming divisions and the Network’s respective operations in sales, marketing, affiliate relations, news, sports and research, as well as with the CBS Television Stations Group.

    Previously, Kelley was Senior Vice President, Program Planning & Scheduling since August 2012. Prior to that, she was Vice President, Program Planning & Scheduling since April 2010, playing a role in many of the Network’s successful scheduling moves. Previously, she served as a director in the department since May 2007. In that time, Kelley has also worked with The CW and will continue in that capacity.

    Kelley moved into the scheduling department in 2003 as a coordinator, working with the department to schedule series, movies and specials for CBS and UPN. She was promoted to manager in February 2006. She began her career as an intern in the CBS research department in 2001, and in 2002 she was named a research analyst.

    Kelley is a graduate of USC with a Bachelor of Arts in East Asian languages and cultures and also has an M.A. in communication management from USC’s Annenberg School of Communication. She serves on the board of the USC Annenberg School of Communication Alumni Advisory and is a member of the USC Trojan Women’s Network.

    January 2021

    Noriko Kelley was promoted to Executive Vice President, Program Planning & Scheduling, CBS Entertainment, in June 2017, succeeding Kelly Kahl when he was named president of the division. She is the first-ever female head of scheduling for any broadcast television network.

    In this position, which reports to Kahl, Kelley’s primary responsibility is overseeing the program planning and scheduling of all primetime programming for the CBS Television Network. She also supervises coordination between CBS programming divisions and the Network’s respective operations in sales, marketing, affiliate relations, news, sports and research, as well as with the CBS Television Stations Group.

    Previously, Kelley was Senior Vice President, Program Planning & Scheduling since August 2012. Prior to that, she was Vice President, Program Planning & Scheduling since April 2010, playing a role in many of the Network’s successful scheduling moves. Previously, she served as a director in the department since May 2007. In that time, Kelley has also worked with The CW and will continue in that capacity.

    Kelley moved into the scheduling department in 2003 as a coordinator, working with the department to schedule series, movies and specials for CBS and UPN. She was promoted to manager in February 2006. She began her career as an intern in the CBS research department in 2001, and in 2002 she was named a research analyst.

    Kelley is a graduate of USC with a Bachelor of Arts in East Asian languages and cultures and also has an M.A. in communication management from USC’s Annenberg School of Communication. She serves on the board of the USC Annenberg School of Communication Alumni Advisory and is a member of the USC Trojan Women’s Network.

  • Jeeun Kim

    Executive Vice President, Co-Head Business Affairs, CBS Entertainment Group

    April 2021

    Jeeun Kim is the Executive Vice President, Co-Head of Business Affairs, CBS Entertainment Group, reporting to Bryon Rubin, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, CBS Entertainment Group.

    Ms. Kim co-leads a business affairs department that supports an industry-leading studio that is currently producing more than 75 series across 15 platforms and the most-watched broadcast network. In her position, Ms. Kim is responsible for overseeing all development, license, co-production and “above-the-line” deals for the production of scripted and unscripted series and specials for the Network.

    Ms. Kim, who joined CBS in October 2020, most recently served as Director, Business Affairs (Original Series) for Netflix, where she led a team of negotiators handling development, production and license deals for scripted development projects and series.

    Prior to that Ms. Kim spent 16 years at NBCUniversal in increasingly senior roles for its various divisions, including NBC Network, USA, Syfy, Universal Cable Productions and Universal Television. From 2015-2018, she was Senior Vice President, Business Affairs; Vice President, Business Affairs from 2007; Vice President of Legal Affairs since 2006; and held Senior Legal Counsel positions since 2002. Ms. Kim began her career as a lawyer, serving as an associate in the corporate departments of Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles and Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker in New York.

    Ms. Kim earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and her law degree from the Columbia University School of Law. She is a member of the bar in both California and New York.

    April 2021

    Jeeun Kim is the Executive Vice President, Co-Head of Business Affairs, CBS Entertainment Group, reporting to Bryon Rubin, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, CBS Entertainment Group.

    Ms. Kim co-leads a business affairs department that supports an industry-leading studio that is currently producing more than 75 series across 15 platforms and the most-watched broadcast network. In her position, Ms. Kim is responsible for overseeing all development, license, co-production and “above-the-line” deals for the production of scripted and unscripted series and specials for the Network.

    Ms. Kim, who joined CBS in October 2020, most recently served as Director, Business Affairs (Original Series) for Netflix, where she led a team of negotiators handling development, production and license deals for scripted development projects and series.

    Prior to that Ms. Kim spent 16 years at NBCUniversal in increasingly senior roles for its various divisions, including NBC Network, USA, Syfy, Universal Cable Productions and Universal Television. From 2015-2018, she was Senior Vice President, Business Affairs; Vice President, Business Affairs from 2007; Vice President of Legal Affairs since 2006; and held Senior Legal Counsel positions since 2002. Ms. Kim began her career as a lawyer, serving as an associate in the corporate departments of Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles and Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker in New York.

    Ms. Kim earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley, and her law degree from the Columbia University School of Law. She is a member of the bar in both California and New York.

  • Jon Koa

    Executive Vice President, Comedy Development, CBS Entertainment

    July 2021

    Respected network and studio veteran Jon Koa joined CBS as Executive Vice President, Comedy Development, in July 2021. He reports to Kelly Kahl, President, CBS Entertainment, and Thom Sherman, Senior Executive Vice President, Programming, CBS Entertainment.

    In his new role, Mr. Koa oversees all comedy development for CBS Entertainment’s primetime programming.

    Most recently, Mr. Koa served as Senior Vice President, Scripted Television for Condé Nast Entertainment since 2015, where he oversaw the development of the independent production entity’s series for network, streaming and cable. He also mined the publisher’s intellectual properties (including The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Wired, GQ, Vogue, Glamour, Bon Appetit, and others) for new film and television content.

    Prior to joining Condé Nast, Mr. Koa served as Executive Director, Comedy Programming and Development, for the ABC Television Network from 2009 to 2015, where he was a member of the development team that launched “Black-ish”, “Fresh Off the Boat” and “The Goldbergs,” and was intimately involved with the development, launch and current programming of such series as “Happy Endings,” “Dr. Ken,” “Scrubs,” and several others. He began his entertainment career in 2006 in the drama development department at Universal Television, serving in ever-more-responsible roles and ultimately rising to Vice President of Drama Series. While there, he worked on such series as “House,” “Parenthood,” “Monk” and “Battlestar Galactica.”

    Mr. Koa graduated from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.

    July 2021

    Respected network and studio veteran Jon Koa joined CBS as Executive Vice President, Comedy Development, in July 2021. He reports to Kelly Kahl, President, CBS Entertainment, and Thom Sherman, Senior Executive Vice President, Programming, CBS Entertainment.

    In his new role, Mr. Koa oversees all comedy development for CBS Entertainment’s primetime programming.

    Most recently, Mr. Koa served as Senior Vice President, Scripted Television for Condé Nast Entertainment since 2015, where he oversaw the development of the independent production entity’s series for network, streaming and cable. He also mined the publisher’s intellectual properties (including The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Wired, GQ, Vogue, Glamour, Bon Appetit, and others) for new film and television content.

    Prior to joining Condé Nast, Mr. Koa served as Executive Director, Comedy Programming and Development, for the ABC Television Network from 2009 to 2015, where he was a member of the development team that launched “Black-ish”, “Fresh Off the Boat” and “The Goldbergs,” and was intimately involved with the development, launch and current programming of such series as “Happy Endings,” “Dr. Ken,” “Scrubs,” and several others. He began his entertainment career in 2006 in the drama development department at Universal Television, serving in ever-more-responsible roles and ultimately rising to Vice President of Drama Series. While there, he worked on such series as “House,” “Parenthood,” “Monk” and “Battlestar Galactica.”

    Mr. Koa graduated from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.

  • Claudia Lyon

    Executive Vice President, Talent and Casting, CBS Entertainment

    June 2022

    Claudia Lyon was named executive vice president of talent and casting at CBS Entertainment in July 2019. She reports to Kelly Kahl, president of CBS Entertainment, and Thom Sherman, senior vice president of programming at CBS Entertainment.

    In her role, Lyon oversees all talent and casting operations for CBS Entertainment’s primetime and daytime programming, limited series, alternative programs and specials. Most recently, she was instrumental in the casting of breakout series GHOSTS, NCIS: HAWAI’I and THE EQUALIZER. Lyon also works closely with the corporate Office of Global Inclusion to produce the annual ViacomCBS Talent Showcase and is a member of the parent company’s Global Inclusion Advisory Council.

    Prior to joining CBS, Lyon served as vice president of talent and casting at ABC Entertainment from 2006 onward, where she oversaw casting for all ABC Studios and ABC Signature pilots and primetime series, including “Grey’s Anatomy,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Scandal,” “black-ish” and “High Fidelity.” Preceding that, Lyon oversaw the casting of “Ugly Betty” and the multi-Emmy® Award and Golden Globe® Award-winning “Modern Family,” among others. In addition, Lyon was involved in all aspects of ABC’s domestic, global, and digital initiatives that identified, developed and mentored talent from around the world.

    Prior to joining Disney|ABC Television, Lyon was vice president of casting and talent at the WB Network, where she oversaw the casting of primetime series, including “Dawson’s Creek,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Felicity,” “Gilmore Girls” and “Supernatural.”

    Lyon served on the advisory board for the NICA Foundation, an initiative to elevate rural communities in Central America. She has volunteered for Minds Matter and the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC). Additionally, for the last several years, The Imagen Foundation has honored Lyon as one of their “Powerful and Influential Latinos in the Entertainment Industry.”

     

    June 2022

    Claudia Lyon was named executive vice president of talent and casting at CBS Entertainment in July 2019. She reports to Kelly Kahl, president of CBS Entertainment, and Thom Sherman, senior vice president of programming at CBS Entertainment.

    In her role, Lyon oversees all talent and casting operations for CBS Entertainment’s primetime and daytime programming, limited series, alternative programs and specials. Most recently, she was instrumental in the casting of breakout series GHOSTS, NCIS: HAWAI’I and THE EQUALIZER. Lyon also works closely with the corporate Office of Global Inclusion to produce the annual ViacomCBS Talent Showcase and is a member of the parent company’s Global Inclusion Advisory Council.

    Prior to joining CBS, Lyon served as vice president of talent and casting at ABC Entertainment from 2006 onward, where she oversaw casting for all ABC Studios and ABC Signature pilots and primetime series, including “Grey’s Anatomy,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “Scandal,” “black-ish” and “High Fidelity.” Preceding that, Lyon oversaw the casting of “Ugly Betty” and the multi-Emmy® Award and Golden Globe® Award-winning “Modern Family,” among others. In addition, Lyon was involved in all aspects of ABC’s domestic, global, and digital initiatives that identified, developed and mentored talent from around the world.

    Prior to joining Disney|ABC Television, Lyon was vice president of casting and talent at the WB Network, where she oversaw the casting of primetime series, including “Dawson’s Creek,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Felicity,” “Gilmore Girls” and “Supernatural.”

    Lyon served on the advisory board for the NICA Foundation, an initiative to elevate rural communities in Central America. She has volunteered for Minds Matter and the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC). Additionally, for the last several years, The Imagen Foundation has honored Lyon as one of their “Powerful and Influential Latinos in the Entertainment Industry.”

     

  • Amy Reisenbach

    Executive Vice President, Current Programs, CBS

    January 2021

    Amy Reisenbach is Executive Vice President, Current Programs, CBS, where she is responsible for overseeing the combined department that supports current programming for both CBS Entertainment and CBS Studios. In addition, she has oversight of CBS Daytime, the Network’s top-rated lineup in that daypart.

    In her position, Reisenbach oversees creative affairs for all scripted series broadcast on CBS; for Studio shows produced for other broadcast networks; and for daytime’s talk, game shows and dramas, as well as Saturday morning’s lineup for CBS Dream Team. She reports to David Stapf, President, CBS Television Studios, and Thom Sherman, Senior Executive Vice President, Programming, CBS Entertainment.

    Reisenbach was Senior Vice President, Current Programs, from September 2015 through June 2017, supervising all series produced by the Studio for The CW, while continuing to work on several shows broadcast on CBS. She joined CBS Studios in 2005 as Manager, Current Programs, was promoted to director a year later, and named Vice President in 2011.

    Previously, she worked at Warner Bros. Television in the drama development and current departments. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Arts in social and behavioral sciences.

    January 2021

    Amy Reisenbach is Executive Vice President, Current Programs, CBS, where she is responsible for overseeing the combined department that supports current programming for both CBS Entertainment and CBS Studios. In addition, she has oversight of CBS Daytime, the Network’s top-rated lineup in that daypart.

    In her position, Reisenbach oversees creative affairs for all scripted series broadcast on CBS; for Studio shows produced for other broadcast networks; and for daytime’s talk, game shows and dramas, as well as Saturday morning’s lineup for CBS Dream Team. She reports to David Stapf, President, CBS Television Studios, and Thom Sherman, Senior Executive Vice President, Programming, CBS Entertainment.

    Reisenbach was Senior Vice President, Current Programs, from September 2015 through June 2017, supervising all series produced by the Studio for The CW, while continuing to work on several shows broadcast on CBS. She joined CBS Studios in 2005 as Manager, Current Programs, was promoted to director a year later, and named Vice President in 2011.

    Previously, she worked at Warner Bros. Television in the drama development and current departments. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Arts in social and behavioral sciences.

  • Tiffany Smith-Anoa'i

    Executive Vice President, Entertainment Diversity and Inclusion, Paramount

    January 2022

    Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i was named Executive Vice President, Entertainment Diversity & Inclusion,  Paramount, in July 2020.

    In this role, Tiffany leads entertainment-focused diversity and inclusion initiatives across CBS Entertainment, Showtime, Media Networks and Paramount Pictures. She also oversees the company’s creative development programs, talent initiatives and outreach to agencies, multicultural coalitions, guilds and other key inclusion stakeholders, which was part of her most recent role at CBS. 

    Prior to her current Paramount position, Smith-Anoa’i was Executive Vice President, Entertainment Diversity, Inclusion & Communications for CBS Entertainment. An innovator in both entertainment publicity and diversity, Tiffany was promoted to that position in 2016 and charged with shepherding the entertainment division’s diversity and inclusion initiatives and supporting communication efforts. She developed new programs to recruit, nurture and hire inclusive talent to work in front of and behind the camera and helped launch several notable careers.

    In 2015, Tiffany was appointed Senior Vice President of Entertainment Diversity & Communications after serving as Vice President, Entertainment Diversity & Communications, CBS Entertainment since 2009. In these roles, Smith-Anoa’i created and launched “CBS On Tour,” a community outreach program in which executives visit schools to educate and encourage students interested in entertainment careers; expanded the writer selection process for “The CBS Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase”; implemented an annual symposium with casting directors to strategize on best practices to diversify the casting process; partnered with GLAAD to host learning workshops; and joined forces with the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media to encourage a variety of acting and industry roles for women.

    In February 2018, Smith-Anoa’i co-founded CBS EYE Speak, a program designed to promote female empowerment and help forge a path of growth and opportunity for women, both inside and outside of the company. Since its inception, the group has held several events, including screenings, panels and fireside chats featuring some of the strongest female voices in the industry.

    Smith-Anoa’i first joined CBS Entertainment in 2000 as a senior publicist for primetime series and specials.

    Prior to CBS, Smith-Anoa’i was responsible for all aspects of publicity and promotions for Image Public Relations. Among her many projects, she organized the global press outreach for “Sinbad’s Soul Music Festival.” Preceding her role at Image, Smith-Anoa’i worked for NIKE, Inc. where she launched their NIKETOWN stores in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco.

    Smith-Anoa’i’s community service and charity work includes the Human Rights Campaign, #SeeHer, ADCOLOR, Easterseals Disability Challenge, Young Storytellers, The Unusual Suspects and Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated. She serves as a board member for ColorComm, Big Sunday, The Muslim Public Affairs Council and on the business advisory board for the National Hispanic Media Coalition. She is also a Board of Trustee member for The Archer School for Girls. In 2019 Smith-Anoa’i received the Adweek + ADCOLOR Champions Award for her commitment to growing and promoting diversity and inclusion within and outside the walls of CBS Entertainment.

    Smith-Anoa’i maintains a close relationship with her alma mater, Howard University, where she graduated with honors from the School of Communications. In 2013, Howard University presented her with the “Global Visionary Award” for Outstanding Leadership in Diversity and Communications.

     

    January 2022

    Tiffany Smith-Anoa’i was named Executive Vice President, Entertainment Diversity & Inclusion,  Paramount, in July 2020.

    In this role, Tiffany leads entertainment-focused diversity and inclusion initiatives across CBS Entertainment, Showtime, Media Networks and Paramount Pictures. She also oversees the company’s creative development programs, talent initiatives and outreach to agencies, multicultural coalitions, guilds and other key inclusion stakeholders, which was part of her most recent role at CBS. 

    Prior to her current Paramount position, Smith-Anoa’i was Executive Vice President, Entertainment Diversity, Inclusion & Communications for CBS Entertainment. An innovator in both entertainment publicity and diversity, Tiffany was promoted to that position in 2016 and charged with shepherding the entertainment division’s diversity and inclusion initiatives and supporting communication efforts. She developed new programs to recruit, nurture and hire inclusive talent to work in front of and behind the camera and helped launch several notable careers.

    In 2015, Tiffany was appointed Senior Vice President of Entertainment Diversity & Communications after serving as Vice President, Entertainment Diversity & Communications, CBS Entertainment since 2009. In these roles, Smith-Anoa’i created and launched “CBS On Tour,” a community outreach program in which executives visit schools to educate and encourage students interested in entertainment careers; expanded the writer selection process for “The CBS Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase”; implemented an annual symposium with casting directors to strategize on best practices to diversify the casting process; partnered with GLAAD to host learning workshops; and joined forces with the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media to encourage a variety of acting and industry roles for women.

    In February 2018, Smith-Anoa’i co-founded CBS EYE Speak, a program designed to promote female empowerment and help forge a path of growth and opportunity for women, both inside and outside of the company. Since its inception, the group has held several events, including screenings, panels and fireside chats featuring some of the strongest female voices in the industry.

    Smith-Anoa’i first joined CBS Entertainment in 2000 as a senior publicist for primetime series and specials.

    Prior to CBS, Smith-Anoa’i was responsible for all aspects of publicity and promotions for Image Public Relations. Among her many projects, she organized the global press outreach for “Sinbad’s Soul Music Festival.” Preceding her role at Image, Smith-Anoa’i worked for NIKE, Inc. where she launched their NIKETOWN stores in Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco.

    Smith-Anoa’i’s community service and charity work includes the Human Rights Campaign, #SeeHer, ADCOLOR, Easterseals Disability Challenge, Young Storytellers, The Unusual Suspects and Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated. She serves as a board member for ColorComm, Big Sunday, The Muslim Public Affairs Council and on the business advisory board for the National Hispanic Media Coalition. She is also a Board of Trustee member for The Archer School for Girls. In 2019 Smith-Anoa’i received the Adweek + ADCOLOR Champions Award for her commitment to growing and promoting diversity and inclusion within and outside the walls of CBS Entertainment.

    Smith-Anoa’i maintains a close relationship with her alma mater, Howard University, where she graduated with honors from the School of Communications. In 2013, Howard University presented her with the “Global Visionary Award” for Outstanding Leadership in Diversity and Communications.

     

  • Jack Sussman

    Executive Vice President, Specials, Music, Live Events and Alternative Programming, CBS Entertainment

    September 2022

    Jack Sussman was promoted to executive vice president of specials, music and live events at CBS Entertainment in March 2006. He added responsibility for all alternative programming in 2020. He reports to Kelly Kahl, president of CBS Entertainment.

    In his position, Sussman, who has been head of CBS Specials since 1998, serves as the Network’s chief liaison to the music industry, working with managers, recording artists, record labels and music suppliers to identify new and established performers whose music or personal appearances can be integrated into the Network’s primetime series, movies, specials and live events. Sussman also works with CBS’ interactive division to identify music-related content for wireless and the internet.

    Sussman has long overseen the Network’s blue-chip events and specials, such as the Grammy Awards, the Tony Awards and the Kennedy Center Honors, as well as CBS’ presentations of the Country Music Awards and “A Home for the Holidays.” Recently, he supervised the Emmy Award-winning special “Adele One Night Only” and the Emmy Award nominated special “One Last Time: An Evening With Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga.” Sussman has also been responsible for supervising live entertainment programming, such as the SURVIVOR and BIG BROTHER finales and reunion specials. In his newly expanded role, he is responsible for supervising both of those series, along with other CBS hits, such as TOUGH AS NAILS, UNDERCOVER BOSS and long-running THE AMAZING RACE.

    While at CBS, Sussman has spearheaded successful specials featuring some of contemporary music’s top stars in their first network television special, including Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Ricky Martin, Faith Hill, Garth Brooks, Elton John, Tina Turner, “The Beatles: The Night That Changed America,” “Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life – An All-Star Tribute,” “Stayin’ Alive: A Grammy Salute to the Music of the Bee Gees,” “Bruno Mars: 24K Magic Live at the Apollo” and the top-rated “Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration.”

    He has also been responsible for some of CBS’ highest-rated and most critically acclaimed specials, including “The Carol Burnett Show: Show Stoppers,” which was seen by more than 30 million viewers, “Michael Jackson: 30thAnniversary Special,” “I Love Lucy 50thAnniversary Special,” “CBS at 75” and “Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special.” He also supervised the editing and colorization of newly colorized classic episodes of “I Love Lucy” and “The Dick Van Dyke Show.”

    Sussman joined CBS in August 1998 as vice president of specials from Cinecanal, where he led the programming and creative services reorganization of the Latin American movie channel that is jointly owned by Universal, Paramount, MGM and FOX. He was promoted to senior vice president of specials in 2000.

    From 1996-1997, Sussman was vice president, head of programming for MTV Latin America, responsible for production and original programming, development, music programming, scheduling, talent and artist relations, news and on-air promotion.

    Prior to that, he served as vice president of production and original programming at VH1 from 1992-1995, where he developed and produced new series and specials. Sussman’s background also includes positions at CNN and NBC News.

    As an executive producer/producer, his credits include “The VH1 Honors,” the live concert series “Centerstage,” “Paul McCartney at the Hollywood Bowl,” “MTV Latin America: MTV Unplugged,” “Conversations with the Rolling Stones,” “Amnesty International Conspiracy of Hope Tour” and “Stand Up Spotlight.”

    Sussman serves on the executive committee of the Cedars Sinai Sports Spectacular and is on the board of the Entertainment Industry Foundation.

    Sussman is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill with a B.A. in radio, television and motion pictures.

    September 2022

    Jack Sussman was promoted to executive vice president of specials, music and live events at CBS Entertainment in March 2006. He added responsibility for all alternative programming in 2020. He reports to Kelly Kahl, president of CBS Entertainment.

    In his position, Sussman, who has been head of CBS Specials since 1998, serves as the Network’s chief liaison to the music industry, working with managers, recording artists, record labels and music suppliers to identify new and established performers whose music or personal appearances can be integrated into the Network’s primetime series, movies, specials and live events. Sussman also works with CBS’ interactive division to identify music-related content for wireless and the internet.

    Sussman has long overseen the Network’s blue-chip events and specials, such as the Grammy Awards, the Tony Awards and the Kennedy Center Honors, as well as CBS’ presentations of the Country Music Awards and “A Home for the Holidays.” Recently, he supervised the Emmy Award-winning special “Adele One Night Only” and the Emmy Award nominated special “One Last Time: An Evening With Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga.” Sussman has also been responsible for supervising live entertainment programming, such as the SURVIVOR and BIG BROTHER finales and reunion specials. In his newly expanded role, he is responsible for supervising both of those series, along with other CBS hits, such as TOUGH AS NAILS, UNDERCOVER BOSS and long-running THE AMAZING RACE.

    While at CBS, Sussman has spearheaded successful specials featuring some of contemporary music’s top stars in their first network television special, including Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Ricky Martin, Faith Hill, Garth Brooks, Elton John, Tina Turner, “The Beatles: The Night That Changed America,” “Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life – An All-Star Tribute,” “Stayin’ Alive: A Grammy Salute to the Music of the Bee Gees,” “Bruno Mars: 24K Magic Live at the Apollo” and the top-rated “Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration.”

    He has also been responsible for some of CBS’ highest-rated and most critically acclaimed specials, including “The Carol Burnett Show: Show Stoppers,” which was seen by more than 30 million viewers, “Michael Jackson: 30thAnniversary Special,” “I Love Lucy 50thAnniversary Special,” “CBS at 75” and “Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special.” He also supervised the editing and colorization of newly colorized classic episodes of “I Love Lucy” and “The Dick Van Dyke Show.”

    Sussman joined CBS in August 1998 as vice president of specials from Cinecanal, where he led the programming and creative services reorganization of the Latin American movie channel that is jointly owned by Universal, Paramount, MGM and FOX. He was promoted to senior vice president of specials in 2000.

    From 1996-1997, Sussman was vice president, head of programming for MTV Latin America, responsible for production and original programming, development, music programming, scheduling, talent and artist relations, news and on-air promotion.

    Prior to that, he served as vice president of production and original programming at VH1 from 1992-1995, where he developed and produced new series and specials. Sussman’s background also includes positions at CNN and NBC News.

    As an executive producer/producer, his credits include “The VH1 Honors,” the live concert series “Centerstage,” “Paul McCartney at the Hollywood Bowl,” “MTV Latin America: MTV Unplugged,” “Conversations with the Rolling Stones,” “Amnesty International Conspiracy of Hope Tour” and “Stand Up Spotlight.”

    Sussman serves on the executive committee of the Cedars Sinai Sports Spectacular and is on the board of the Entertainment Industry Foundation.

    Sussman is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill with a B.A. in radio, television and motion pictures.

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