EXCLUSIVE: Two months after ABC’s head of scheduling Jeff Bader moved to NBC to become President, Program Planning, Strategy and Research, his top lieutenant at ABC, VP Steve Kern, is joining him.

NBC has named Kern SVP, Program Planning & Scheduling, NBC Entertainment, reporting to Bader. The move is not surprising as Bader and Kern are known to be very close having worked together for the past 12 years. In his role at NBC, Kern will be responsible for planning and directing the program scheduling function for NBC’s primetime scripted, Alternative and Late Night programming. “Steve’s experience in Scheduling combined with his broad knowledge of the Network Television business will make him a valuable addition to the NBC team,” said Bader.

During his tenure at ABC, Kern was a key member of the network’s scheduling team involved in major network program schedule moves, such as the launch of ABC’s successful Wednesday night comedy block in 2009 anchored by Modern Family. Before getting promoted to VP in 2007, Kern served as Executive Director of Program Planning and Scheduling. Kern’s departure leaves ABC’s new head of scheduling, EVP Andrew Kubitz, with one senior executive, Wendell Foster.