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 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 has introduced a steady supply of hit programs across all genres, including television's #1 comedy, THE BIG BANG THEORY, the critically acclaimed THE GOOD WIFE, PERSON OF INTEREST, HAWAII FIVE-0, BLUE BLOODS, ELEMENTARY, MOM, the Emmy Award-winning UNDERCOVER BOSS, and most recently, NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, MADAM SECRETARY and SCORPION, three of the top new series of the season.
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 including UNDER THE DOME, based on Stephen King's bestselling novel and produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television and EXTANT, a mystery thriller starring Academy Award winner Halle Berry.
In addition, Tassler has helped transition CBS's top-rated daytime schedule, introducing the successful franchise THE TALK and LET’S MAKE A DEAL and cross-promoting the entire lineup with programming and promotion synergies.
This year, Tassler will oversee the transformation of CBS's late night daypart as Stephen Colbert succeeds David Letterman as host of LATE SHOW and James Corden becomes new host of THE LATE LATE SHOW.
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 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.