CBS’ Nancy Tellem Taking On New Role

CBS Network TV Entertainment Group president Nancy Tellem is transitioning into a new role at CBS Corp.

The 12-year CBS veteran is shedding day-to-day responsibilities to become senior adviser to the CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves, her boss of the past 23 years, working closely with him on new business and strategic opportunities involving content partnerships, new production models and new technologies. Tellem will start her new position in January.

“This is a new role in a fast-changing landscape for a very gifted executive,” Moonves said. “Nancy has been my friend, colleague and trusted adviser for more than 20 years. She has great experience, business acumen and intellect in all of these evolving areas, and importantly, she knows firsthand all of the resources and talent that we have in this company to make the most of these opportunities.”

Tellem, a former business affairs executive who went on to run CBS Entertainment, was elevated to president of CBS Network TV Entertainment Group in 2004, overseeing CBS and CBS Studios.

Since then, she has added responsibilities, including looking after CBS’ interest in the CW, launching CBS Records and shepherding the company’s efforts to expand content into new media and emerging platforms.

In her new role, Tellem will continue to oversee CBS’ interest in the CW.

Tellem’s old position will be filled, with the network operations ran by CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler and CBS Studios led by David Stapf, Moonves said.

“I’m ready to embrace this new challenge, to step away from the desk, look toward the future and help the company explore its many opportunities,” Tellem said. “The timing for this transition couldn’t be better. The network and the studio are both in great positions of strength with outstanding programming and exceptional leaders in Nina Tassler, David Stapf and (business affairs head) Debby Barak.”