Kelly Kahl is Senior Executive Vice President, CBS Primetime, reporting directly to Leslie Moonves, President and Chief Executive Officer, CBS Corporation.
In this position, Kahl's primary responsibility is overseeing the program planning and scheduling of all primetime programming for the CBS Television Network. He also supervises coordination between CBS programming divisions and the network’s respective operations in sales, marketing, affiliate relations, news, sports and research, as well as with the CBS Television Station Group.
Kahl’s responsibilities also include scheduling oversight for the CW Network, a joint venture of CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment. In addition, Kahl is on the Board of TVGN, the general entertainment cable channel that is a joint venture between CBS and Lionsgate Entertainment.
In the 2010-2011 season, Kahl strategically relocated THE BIG BANG THEORY to Thursday at 8:00 PM, where it has since grown to become television's top-rated comedy in viewers and key demographics, while opening a new winning comedy block. This fall, CBS will build on its comedy success with the expansion to a two-hour Thursday comedy block.
In 2008, Kahl played an instrumental role in bringing Mixed Martial Arts, one of the fastest growing spectator sports, to network television for the first time.
Kahl, who has been Senior Executive Vice President since 2004, had previously been Executive Vice President, Program Planning and Scheduling, CBS since June 2001, overseeing all scheduling of primetime series, specials, television movies and mini-series for both CBS and the CW (formerly UPN).
Kahl, who had been Senior Vice President, Program Planning and Scheduling since August 1998, joined CBS in January 1996 as Vice President, Scheduling, CBS Entertainment, following three years as Director, Network Research at Warner Bros. Television. In that position, he was responsible for the day-to-day research operations of the studio and the analysis of its unprecedented roster of series including “ER,” “Friends,” “Murphy Brown” and “The Drew Carey Show,” among others. He also developed and implemented the industry’s first in-house testing facility that, under his direction, was crucial to the studio’s success during the 1995-1996 season, when it placed a record 20 series on fall schedules.
He joined Lorimar Television in 1990 (before Lorimar and Warner Bros. Television combined operations) as a research intern and quickly rose through the ranks as Research Analyst and then Manager, before assuming responsibility for the research department in 1993.
Kahl is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison (B.A., Communications, 1989) and the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communications (M.A., Communications Management, 1991).