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 features a full slate of original series in the summer as well as projects in the newly created Limited Series & 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.
Prior to being named Chairman, Nina Tassler served as President, CBS Entertainment, since 2004. Under Tassler's leadership, CBS has been America’s most watched network for 11 of the last 12 years. During this time, she introduced a steady supply of hit programs across all genres, including the critically acclaimed, #1 series 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 new comedy, THE MILLERS, and the critically acclaimed 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 with the introduction of big event summer series. Last year she introduced UNDER THE DOME, based on Stephen King's bestselling novel and produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television, followed this summer by EXTANT, a mystery thriller starring Academy Award winner Halle Berry.
In 2013, she launched CBS’s Limited Series & Live Event Programming unit, with the first project being 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 viewers and/or key women demographics.
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 Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Executive Committee and on the Board of Directors of the Academy Foundation. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees for Boston University.
After graduating Boston University with a major in Theater, Tassler 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.