CBS is combining the current programming departments of the network and sibling studio CBS TV Studios. CBS veteran Glenn Geller, most recently SVP and head of current programming for CBS TV Studios, has been promoted to EVP Current Programming for the CBS Network TV Entertainment Group, overseeing the newly consolidated division reporting to both CBS TV Studios president David Stapf and CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler.
David Brownfield, who has headed CBS Entertainment’s current programming department since the 2004 reorganization following the CBS-Paramount merger when he succeeded Stapf, is segueing to producing. He is staying in the CBS fold, signing a development deal with CBS TV Studios. Before joining CBS, Brownfield was a co-producer and writer on the ABC comedy Boy Meets World. “The timing is right to make this move,” said Tassler and Stapf. “David has wanted to return to writing and producing television, and the majority of our series are now produced in-house. It makes sense creatively and operationally to have one streamlined current operation to support our shows.”
The consolidation does make sense as the majority of CBS TV Studios’ output is for CBS. Additionally, the studio has three series on the CW and King & Maxwell on TNT. Geller has been with CBS since 2001, serving as Director and VP Current Programming at the network before segueing to the studio as SVP Current Programming in 2006. Brownfield also joined CBS Entertainment in 2001 as Director of Current Programming and was promoted to VP in 2003 and SVP in 2004.