Jack Sussman was promoted to the newly-created position of Executive Vice President, Specials, Music and Live Events, CBS Entertainment in March 2006. He reports to Nina Tassler, President, CBS Entertainment.
In this expanded position, Sussman, who has been head of CBS specials since 1998, also serves as the Network's chief liaison to the music industry, working with managers, recording artists, record labels and music suppliers to identify new and established performers whose music or personal appearances can be integrated into the Network's primetime series, movies, specials and live events. Sussman also works with CBS's interactive division to identify music-related content for wireless and the Internet.
Sussman continues to oversee the Network’s blue chip events and specials such as "The Grammy Awards," "The Tony Awards" and "Kennedy Center Honors." In addition to specials and music, Sussman remains CBS's executive in charge of live event entertainment programming, such as "Survivor" finales and reunion specials.
Sussman is also responsible for developing and overseeing production of all primetime specials, including CBS’s annual presentations of "The People's Choice Awards," "The Academy of Country Music Awards" and CBS’s holiday shows.
While at CBS, Sussman has spearheaded successful specials featuring some of contemporary music's top stars in their first network television special including Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Ricky Martin, Faith Hill, Elton John, Tina Turner and Barry Manilow.
He has also been responsible for some of CBS's highest rated and most critically acclaimed specials including "The Carol Burnett Show: Show Stoppers" which was seen by more than 30 million viewers, "Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Special," "I Love Lucy 50th Anniversary Special," "CBS At 75" and the "AFI 100" specials.
Sussman joined CBS in August 1998 as Vice President, Specials, from Cinecanal where he led the programming and creative services reorganization of the Latin American movie channel that is jointly owned by Universal, Paramount, MGM and FOX. He was promoted to Senior Vice President, Specials in 2000.
From 1996-97, Sussman was Vice President, Head of Programming for MTV Latin America, responsible for production and original programming, development, music programming, scheduling, talent and artist relations, news and on-air promotion.
Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Production and Original Programming at VH1 from 1992-95, where he developed and produced new series and specials. Sussman’s background also includes positions at CNN and NBC News.
As an executive producer/producer, his credits include "The VHI Honors," the live concert series "Centerstage," "Paul McCartney at the Hollywood Bowl," "MTV Latin America: MTV Unplugged," "Conversations with The Rolling Stones," "Amnesty International Conspiracy of Hope Tour" and "Stand Up Spotlight."
Sussman is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (B.A., radio, television and motion pictures).