CBS today officially named longtime NBC late-night exec Nick Bernstein its new VP Late Night Programming, West Coast. In the newly created post, he will serve both CBS Entertainment and CBS Television Studios, and the announcement was made jointly by Nina Tassler, Chairman, CBS Entertainment, and David Stapf, President, CBS Television Studios, to whom he will report.
Bernstein will work with CBS’ new late-night talk-show host James Corden and executive producer Ben Winston in developing and overseeing the network’s new late-night franchise, The Late Late Show With James Corden, premiering March 9. He will be based at CBS Television City in Los Angeles.
“Nick is an outstanding addition as we get ready to launch two CBS-produced series in late night in 2015,” said Stapf and Tassler in a joint statement. “We’re excited to draw upon his considerable experience and talents in late night as we gear up for the March 9 launch of James’ new show.”
Bernstein spent more than 10 years at NBC Entertainment as a late-night executive, working with hosts Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon, Jay Leno and Carson Daly. He also worked on Saturday Night Live. He was VP of late night and primetime series at NBC Entertainment from August 2006 until October 2011, where he was one of two programming executives overseeing NBC’s late-night lineup including The Tonight Show with both Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and Last Call With Carson Daly. He also oversaw NBC’s late-night specials, including New Year’s Eve With Carson Daly, 50 Years Of NBC Late Night and documentaries Live From New York: The First 5 Years Of Saturday Night Live and Saturday Night Live in the 2000s.
Most recently, Bernstein was the executive producer, showrunner and co-creator of The Pete Holmes Show, which TBS aired at midnight following Conan; CBS noted that program has had more than 85 million views on YouTube.