Deborah Barak was promoted to Executive Vice President, Business Operations, CBS Network Television Entertainment Group in October 2010.
In her position, Barak oversees business operations for both CBS Entertainment and CBS Television Studios, under the direction of division presidents Nina Tassler and David Stapf, respectively. She supervises all business matters, including the negotiation of talent, producer deals, license fees and other agreements on behalf of both divisions.
Barak had been Executive Vice President, Business Affairs, CBS Network Television Entertainment Group since 2004 and Senior Vice President, Business Affairs, CBS Entertainment from February 2002-October 2004. Previously, Barak served as Senior Vice President, Business Planning and Special Projects, playing a key role in the negotiation of new media deals and co-production agreements.
While at CBS, Barak has handled some of the Network's highest profile negotiations, including the license fee renewals for "Two and a Half Men", "The Big Bang Theory" and “Late Show with David Letterman.” She also handled cast renegotiations for "NCIS," as well as the "CSI" casts and producer contract negotiations. She also structured the original "Survivor" cast contract, which has become the template for reality television agreements.
From 1997-2000, Barak served as Vice President, Associate General Counsel. She was appointed Deputy West Coast Counsel, supervising CBS’s in-house productions in 1991. She joined CBS in 1985 as Broadcast Counsel in the Network’s West Coast law department.
Prior to joining CBS, Barak was an associate at O’Melveny & Myers.
Barak is a graduate of UCLA and received her law degree from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.