Nina Tassler was named Chairman, CBS Entertainment, in February 2014. She reports directly to Leslie Moonves, President and CEO, CBS Corporation.
In her position, Tassler leads the Network's entertainment programming for primetime, daytime and late night, as well as program development in all genres, including comedy, drama, reality, specials and long-form. She also directs a growing year-round programming portfolio that includes a full slate of original series in the summer as well as projects in the newly created Limited Series & Live Event Programming unit. In addition, Tassler oversees Entertainment division matters in advertising and promotion, business affairs, consumer products, digital/interactive, diversity, publicity, scheduling and research.
Under Tassler's leadership since she became President of the Entertainment division in 2004, CBS has been America’s most watched network for 10 of the last 11 years. During this time, she has introduced a steady supply of hit programs across all genres, including the critically acclaimed, #1 comedy THE BIG BANG THEORY, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, THE GOOD WIFE, PERSON OF INTEREST, BLUE BLOODS, ELEMENTARY and the Emmy Award-winning UNDERCOVER BOSS. This past fall, she introduced the season's top three new comedies with THE MILLERS, THE CRAZY ONES and MOM.
Previously, as Executive Vice President, Drama Series Development, Tassler developed the highly-rated and commercially successful CSI and NCIS franchises.
Tassler has also helped the Network break new programming ground. Last summer, she introduced UNDER THE DOME, an event series based on Stephen King's bestselling novel and produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television, which became the most watched scripted summer series in 21 years.
Earlier this season, she launched CBS’s Limited Series & Live Event Programming unit, which already has multiple projects in development for next year, including the four-hour mini-series THE DOVEKEEPERS from executive producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett.
In addition, Tassler has helped transition CBS's top-rated daytime schedule, with successful launches for THE TALK and LET’S MAKE A DEAL, as well as with cross-daypart programming and promotion synergies for a lineup in which every show is growing in ratings.
Tassler joined CBS in August 1997 as Vice President, Drama, CBS Productions, before moving to the Network as Senior Vice President of Drama Development in 1998, then becoming President of Entertainment in 2004.
Prior to CBS, Tassler headed drama development for Warner Bros. Television, where she helped develop successful series such as "ER." In 1990, she joined Warner Bros. (then Lorimar Television) as Director, Movies and Mini-Series, after serving as Director of Television and Motion Picture Administration for Triad Artists, Inc. While at Triad, she was also a talent agent and was responsible for managing the overall operation of the television talent department.
In June 2011, Tassler was honored by Women in Film with its prestigious Lucy Award, presented to those whose creative work enhances the perception of women through the medium of television. Later that year, she was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame.
In May 2011, Tassler was honored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles for her work as Chairman of the Federation's entertainment division. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Jewish Family Services and is a member of the Ambassador Council of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media.
Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation, and is also a member of the Board of Trustees for Boston University.
Tassler is a graduate of Boston University, majoring in Theater, and began her career assisting in all aspects of running the Roundabout Theatre Company in New York City, Manhattan's only regional theater.
She is married to director Jerry Levine and has two children.