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08.18.2009

VERONICA HART AND JOHN VAN CITTERS BOTH PROMOTED TO VICE PRESIDENT AT CBS CONSUMER PRODUCTS

NEW YORK - August 18, 2009 - Veronica Hart and John Van Citters both have been promoted to Vice President at CBS Consumer Products (CCP), it was announced today by Liz Kalodner, Executive Vice President and General Manager of CBS Consumer Products.

As Vice President, Licensing, Hart is responsible for managing an expanded portfolio of licensing categories, including toys and gifts, video games, slot machines, live events, exhibits & attractions and food & beverage. She handles these areas across a vast array of properties including Star Trek, current television shows such as CSI, NCIS and 90210, and a classic TV library that contains Twilight Zone, Brady Bunch, Cheers and many others. Hart was previously Director of Licensing and is based in New York.

Van Citters, who has been named Vice President, Product Development, is responsible for all product development and approval for the Star Trek franchise, including product from this summer's new blockbuster movie.  He is also the key liaison to the enormous Star Trek community of partners, talent and fans. Van Citters was previously Director of Product Development and is based in Los Angeles.

"In just a short time, Veronica has built substantial businesses in new categories for the division and has become a leader in strategic thinking for a diverse portfolio of properties," said Kalodner. "John has done a remarkable job leading product development for the new Star Trek movie, while at the same time maximizing the potential of the classic franchise. These are two well deserved promotions."

Hart joined CCP in 2007 from HIT Entertainment, where she was Director, Licensing, Hard Lines for HIT's portfolio of brands including Thomas & Friends, Barney & Friends and Bob the Builder. Previously, she held Director of Licensing positions at Sesame Workshop and The Jim Henson Company.  Hart received her bachelor's degree in Economics from Barnard College at Columbia University in New York.

Prior to joining CBS in 2006 after the Viacom corporate split, Van Citters spent eight years in product development for Paramount Pictures, Spelling Entertainment and Nickelodeon. As Director of Product Development, he became the in-house expert managing the Star Trek brand. Van Citters earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, S.C.

CBS Consumer Products, a unit of CBS Entertainment, manages worldwide licensing and merchandising for a diverse slate of television brands and series from CBS, CBS Television Studios and CBS Television Distribution, as well as from the company's extensive library of titles.  Additionally, the group oversees the CBS Retail Store and online sales of programming merchandise.  For more information, visit http://www.cbs.com/.

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