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Glenn Geller Exits CBS Entertainment President Post

Kelly Kahl and Thom Sherman Promoted as a Result

CBS has announced that Glenn Geller is stepping down as President of Entertainment at the network. Geller, who replaced Nina Tassler in Sept. 2015 and was supposed to return this week following a mild heart attack he suffered in March, has opted not to return to his post. “The company is in discussions with Mr. Geller for a production deal with CBS Television Studios,” the network said in a statement.

As a result, CBS has announced a new leadership team for its Entertainment division, promoting long-time Entertainment executive Kelly Kahl to President, CBS Entertainment, and naming veteran creative executive Thom Sherman to the position of Senior Executive Vice President, Programming. Kahl, who will assume leadership of the Entertainment division effective immediately, will report directly to Leslie Moonves, Chairman and CEO, CBS Corporation. Sherman, who will join CBS from The CW later this week, will oversee creative affairs for entertainment programming in all dayparts and genres, reporting to Kahl.

As part of his new role, Kahl, who has helped build CBS’ highly successful primetime schedule for more than 20 years, will also oversee Entertainment matters in Marketing and Promotion, Digital/Interactive, Diversity, Publicity, Research and Scheduling.

Sherman, who has developed and overseen a wide-range of hit series at The CW, Bad Robot Productions and ABC, will oversee CBS creative departments such as Comedy, Drama, Alternative, Daytime, Late Night and Specials, as well as Current Programming and Casting.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of the “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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  1. Never really liked Glen Geller after he took over for Nina. In spite of that, I hope he recovers from his heart attack and finds a position that isn’t as stressful to him.