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CBS’s alternative programming head to step down

Jennifer Bresnan (pictured) is to step down as exec VP of alternative programming at U.S. broadcaster CBS at the end of the summer.
August 1, 2013

Jennifer Bresnan (pictured) is to step down as exec VP of alternative programming at U.S. broadcaster CBS at the end of the summer.

Having led the Eye’s alternative programming since 2008, she is now relocating to New York, where her husband (CBS Corp’s chief operating officer Joe Ianniello) and family live.

Bresnan will continue to work at CBS consulting on unscripted series, the broadcaster said.

“Jen has been an outstanding leader of this department, with tremendous passion for the genre and creative energy for our shows,” said Nina Tassler, president of CBS Entertainment.

“She launched the most successful new network reality show in years with Undercover Boss, and has worked closely with our producers to keep Survivor, The Amazing Race and Big Brother at the top of their game – three popular, long-running franchises that continue to play an important role in the network’s ratings leadership.”

Bresnan added: “It has been an incredible honor to work with the strongest reality brands in the business, and I have the deepest respect for my team and all the producers whose passion keeps these shows thriving.

“It’s easier stepping down when it’s not goodbye, just a different location, and I am very excited to begin a new chapter of my life on the East Coast.”

 

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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