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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.”

 

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