CBS’ No.2 scheduling executive Andrew Kubitz is heading to ABC to take over the top scheduling post left vacant by the recent departure of Jeff Bader, who was poached by NBC. Kubitz, a 18-year CBS veteran, has been named EVP, Program Planning & Scheduling, ABC Entertainment Group. He will have oversight of daytime, primetime and late-night program planning and scheduling, as well as film acquisition and theatrical inventory. Kubitz will also shepherd windowing strategies across all platforms, reporting to ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee. “Andy’s appointment brings a fresh perspective and a strategic sensibility to our planning and scheduling efforts, joining a team that is second to none in our industry,” Lee said.
This marks a quick promotion for Kubitz, who has upped to SVP Program Planning & Scheduling at CBS in November 2010. In this position he was responsible for developing long term programming and scheduling strategies for CBS and the CW’s primetime, daytime and late night lineups. Kubitz’s move to ABC is understandable given the fact that CBS’ top scheduling post is not likely to open up anytime soon as it is held by respected scheduling veteran Kelly Kahl who is one of Les Moonves’ most trusted lieutenants. ABC will be only the second employer for Kubitz who has been at CBS since 1994 when he joined the company as a page in Los Angeles.