The CW reality exec Kristen Connolly Vadas departs

Kristen Connolly Vadas (pictured) is leaving the U.S. broadcaster amid restructuring, leaving Justin Rosenblatt to oversee the net's reality slate as the sole senior VP of alternative programming.
November 24, 2014

The CW’s senior vice president of alternative programming Kristen Connolly Vadas (pictured) is leaving the network amid staff restructuring.

She was working alongside Justin Rosenblatt, who will now oversee the broadcaster’s reality slate as the sole senior VP of alternative programming. Vadas joined the CW from cable net Oxygen in 2008.

The broadcaster recently renewed America’s Next Top Model – the network’s biggest reality hit – as well as unscripted titles Penn & Teller: Fool Us and Masters of Illusion for 2015.

The CW is a joint venture of CBS and Time Warner, which is in the process of reducing its workforce by 10% by the end of this month in order to boost profits and focus on investing in original programming. Last month, premium cable net HBO cut 150 jobs or 7% of its workforce.

Time Warner-owned Turner Broadcasting, which includes CNN, TNT, TBS and Cartoon Network, has also begun cutting 1,475 positions. CNN has since cut 300 positions or 8% of its workforce.

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