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CBS replaces Wiley with Reisenbach

CBS in the US has replaced outgoing programming head Bridget Wiley with one of its senior studio execs.

Amy Reisenbach

Amy Reisenbach becomes exec VP of current programming for both CBS Entertainment and CBS Television Studios, taking on Wiley’s remit after she left following entertainment president Glenn Geller’s exit earlier this week.

Reisenbach was previously senior VP of current programming at CBS’s studio operation and also worked on The CW’s shows.

Wiley had overseen current programming at CBS Entertainment and its studio division since 2015, taking up her role at the same time as Geller was promoted to entertainment president.

She had been VP at CBS since 2005, before being promoted to senior VP of current programming in 2013, and worked for 20th Century Fox prior to that. Her next role is not yet known.

Geller, who reportedly suffered a mild heart attack in March, stepped down after two years as president at CBS Entertainment and is now in discussions over a production deal with CBS Television Studios.

He has been replaced by Kelly Kahl, a 20-year veteran of the broadcaster who has worked on shows including Survivor, CSI and The Good Wife. CBS has also drafted in The CW’s Thom Sherman, who was named senior exec VP of programming at CBS Entertainment.

David Stapf, president of CBS Television Studios, worked with Reisenbach at Warner Bros and said he had “watched her grow into an outstanding executive at CBS with strong writer/producer relationships that help facilitate our creative process in such positive ways.”

Sherman added: “She is a smart, respected current executive whose input and leadership will be an important component in the success of our shows.

“Having watched Amy cover The CW’s series, I have always been impressed with her programming acumen, clear point of view and her deft and fearless support of the creative process.”


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