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 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 POP, a new cable network (currently known as TVGN) launching in 2015 that is a joint venture between CBS and Lionsgate Entertainment.
In one of his scheduling moves, he 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 up a winning Thursday comedy block.
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 miniseries 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.” 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).
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