Nina Tassler, CBS Entertainment chairman since 2014, will step down at the end of the year, with Glenn Geller, executive VP of current programming for CBS Entertainment and CBS Television Studios, stepping up to president of entertainment.
Geller's promotion is immediate; he reports to Leslie Moonves, president and CEO of CBS Corp., and oversees entertainment programming for primetime, daytime and late night.
Tassler will remain entertainment chairman until the end of the year and will take on an advisory role at CBS through at least 2017. She'll pursue what she called "creative interests" beyond the TV world.
The move comes with CBS enjoying a long run as a force in primetime, though the network is challenged to replace aging hits with new ones and to bring down the average age of its audience. Superhero drama Supergirl is one anticipated debut designed to do that this fall.
"Nina and I have been colleagues and friends for 25 years," Moonves said. "It is one of the proudest partnerships of my professional life."
Tassler joined CBS in 1997 as VP of drama at CBS Productions. Before that, Tassler headed drama development for Warner Bros. Television. She called CBS "a special place."
"For the past 18 years, I've been blessed to be part of an amazing team that has lifted this network to an enviable run of success," Tassler said. "I will always love this place, yet it is time for my next chapter, and I'm thrilled that I can pursue my other creative interests while still being part of the company."
Geller has been executive VP of current programming since June 2013, overseeing CBS' combined Network/Studio department and creative affairs for more than 30 primetime series on CBS and The CW.
"Glenn Geller is an accomplished programming executive who has been a major part of CBS' success since 2001," Moonves said. "When Nina told me her plans, we both knew we had an obvious successor in our own ranks
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