A day after the surprise reshuffle within CBS that saw Entertainment President and 26-year Eye veteran Kelly Kahl depart along with Chief Lieutenant Thom Sherman (who had overseen programming as Senior Executive VP), the new entertainment prex Amy Reisenbach sent a memo to the staff when she begins her tenure.
“I can’t wait to work much more closely with all of you and continue the legacy of CBS,” she wrote in the memo diversity has received. “In the meantime, I would like to initiate you into my mantra. Despite what you may have read or heard; BROADCASTING IS NOT DEAD. This season proves it! Our network has 16 of the top 25 entertainment shows and they put it on Paramount+ too! As we move forward, we will be smart and ambitious. And most importantly, we will continue to entertain millions of people around the world with premium content. Devotion is not in my vocabulary.”
Reisenbach is a longtime CBS veteran, having joined the company in 2005 as a current programming manager for CBS Studios. Most recently, Reisenbach served as Executive Vice President of Current Programs at CBS since June 2017, overseeing the creative affairs for all scripted series on CBS, CBS Daytime Programming and Saturday Morning Fare, in addition to CBS Studios shows produced for other broadcasters.
“She is a passionate advocate for writers, producers and the creative process, with proven programming instincts for what it takes to make and sustain hugely successful television series,” said CBS CEO George Cheeks Wednesday when announcing her promotion.
Reisenbach joined CBS from Warner Bros. Television, where she worked in drama development and current affairs departments.
Here is her full memo to staff:
I’ll keep today short as I know we’re all still processing the events of yesterday. We are in a time of immense change, but we will get through it together, as we always do, with spirit, determination, a commitment to quality and some fun.
I am thrilled and grateful that George has chosen me to be the next President of CBS, and I look forward to assuming this role alongside him.
I also want to express my deepest gratitude to Kelly and Thom who have been incredible bosses and friends to me over the past five and a half years. They have always been empowering, inclusive and supportive. I intend to lead in her image. I am forever grateful to them and already miss them.
I would be remiss not to mention my beloved current department, my home for the past 17+ years. You are my family and I am so fortunate to have worked with you, grown with you and prospered with you. Thank goodness that won’t change. We are in the process of identifying my successor and hope to make an announcement soon.
I can’t wait to work much more closely with all of you and continue the legacy of CBS. In the meantime, I would like to initiate you into my mantra. Despite what you may have read or heard; BROADCASTING IS NOT DEAD. This season proves it! Our network has 16 of the top 25 entertainment shows and they also put it on Paramount +! As we move forward, we will be smart and ambitious. And most importantly, we will continue to entertain millions of people around the world with premium content. Devotion is not in my vocabulary.
Finally, George and I would like to encourage anyone who would like to, both Thanksgiving week and 12/19. until 2.1. to work remotely. There’s a lot to do, but we want you to spend as much time as possible with your family and friends over the holiday season.
There’s more to come.
In the meantime, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns and I will get back to you.