CBS announces new head of entertainment

LOS ANGELES (CNS) — CBS executive Amy Reisenbach has been named head of the network’s entertainment division and will oversee all creative departments during prime, daytime and late night hours, CBS President and CEO George Cheeks announced today.

Reisenbach has been with CBS since 2005, beginning as a manager of current programming for CBS Studios and progressing through various positions as a programmer for networks and studios over the past 17 years. She succeeds longtime CBS Entertainment CEO Kelly Kahl, who recently announced that he will be stepping down from his role in December after 26 years with the network.

“Amy is a brilliant, creative leader and an incredible, highly collaborative leader who has worked closely with all parts of the network and our studio partners for many years,” Cheeks said in a statement.

“She is a passionate advocate for writers, producers and the creative process, with a proven programming instinct for what it takes to make and sustain hugely successful television series,” he said. “She continues to be a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion and a key figure in the advances CBS has made in this area, both in front of and behind the camera.”

This season, CBS has seven of the eight most-watched entertainment shows on air television and 16 of the top 25. As President of CBS Entertainment, Reisenbach will oversee comedy and drama development, alternative, specials, current programming, scheduling and casting. She will report to Cheeks, the network said.

“I would like to thank George, Kelly Kahl, David Stapf and Thom Sherman for being great bosses and colleagues and for supporting my growth trajectory to date,” Reisenbach said in a statement.

“This network means so much to the people who work here, the writers and producers who call it home, and the viewers who fall in love with our series,” she said. “I am excited and proud to continue our tradition of excellence that everyone on this network strives to surpass every day.”

Reisenbach was named Executive Vice President of Current Programs at CBS in June 2017. In this capacity, she was responsible for the creative affairs of all scripted series aired on CBS, CBS Studios shows produced for other broadcast networks, CBS daytime talk shows, game shows and dramas, and its Saturday morning lineup.

Reisenbach served as Senior Vice President of Current Programs from September 2015 to June 2017, overseeing all series produced by CBS Studios for The CW while continuing to work on several shows aired on CBS.

After joining CBS Studios in 2005 as manager of ongoing programs, she was promoted to director a year later and named vice president in 2011. Reisenbach previously worked at Warner Bros. Television in the drama development and ongoing programs departments. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Arts in Social and Behavioral Sciences.


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