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 oversees Entertainment division matters in advertising and promotion, business affairs, consumer products, digital/interactive, diversity, publicity, scheduling and research.
Under Tassler’s leadership, CBS has been America’s #1 network for 12 of the past 13 years. During that time, she has programmed the Network with a broad range of popular and critical hits, including THE BIG BANG THEORY, THE GOOD WIFE, CRIMINAL MINDS, “How I Met Your Mother,” BLUE BLOODS, ELEMENTARY, MOM, UNDERCOVER BOSS, MADAM SECRETARY and SCORPION, among others.
Previously, as Executive Vice President, Drama Series Development, she developed the highly rated and commercially successful CSI and NCIS franchises.
Over the past three years, Tassler and her team have expanded CBS’s year-round programming strategy with event summer series UNDER THE DOME, based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel, EXTANT, a mystery starring Academy Award winner Halle Berry, and ZOO, based on James Patterson’s #1 bestselling novel.
Tassler’s programming teams have also strengthened other key day parts. In daytime, CBS’s top-rated lineup has grown with a balance of dramas, game shows and the Emmy- nominated, hit talk show THE TALK. In late night, she is currently leading the Network’s programming transition with THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT and THE LATE LATE SHOW with JAMES CORDEN.
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.”
Tassler was honored in June 2011 by Women In Film with its prestigious Lucy Award, and later that year was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame.
She serves on the Board of Jewish Family Services, is a member of the Ambassador Council of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and also serves on the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Executive Committee and on the Board of Directors of the Academy Foundation. She is a member of the Board of Trustees for Boston University and the Board of the Paley Center for Media.
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.