CBS has finalized its succession plan put in motion last month when the network’s long-time head of comedy, EVP Wendi Trilling, announced she would be leaving after a CBS tenure that spanned almost quarter of a century. As expected, Trilling will be succeeded by her No.2, SVP Julie Pernworth, who has been promoted to EVP, Comedy Development, overseeing development of new CBS comedy series and reporting to CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler.
Pernworth joined CBS as VP, Comedy Development in 2000, the same year Trilling took over the department, and was promoted to SVP in 2006. Pernworth has worked closely with Trilling to develop many of the network’s hit comedies, including The Big Bang Theory, Mom, 2 Broke Girls, Two and a Half Men and How I Met Your Mother as well as CBS’ new fall comedies, Angel From Hell and Life In Pieces.
“This is a well-deserved promotion that recognizes Julie’s invaluable and integral contributions to the many successful comedies she has helped develop and nurture during her 15 years with CBS,” said Tassler. “She is a skilled creative executive with a great instinct for the genre and strong relationships with writers and producers.”
Prior to joining CBS, Pernworth served as Director of Casting and then Director, Prime Time Series, at NBC.