JULIE MCNAMARA PROMOTED TO EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, DRAMA DEVELOPMENT, BROADCAST AND CABLE PROGRAMMING MCNAMARA ROLE EXPANDS TO INCLUDE DEVELOPMENT FOR BASIC AND PAID CABLE PROGRAMMING KARYN SMITH-FORGE JOINS AS VICE PRESIDENT, CABLE DEVELOPMENT
JULIE MCNAMARA PROMOTED TO EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, DRAMA DEVELOPMENT, BROADCAST AND CABLE PROGRAMMING
MCNAMARA ROLE EXPANDS TO INCLUDE DEVELOPMENT FOR BASIC AND PAID CABLE PROGRAMMING
KARYN SMITH-FORGE JOINS AS VICE PRESIDENT,
June 13, 2012 – Los Angeles, California -- Julie McNamara has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Drama Development for Broadcast and Cable Programming. In her new role, McNamara will continue to spearhead the development for all primetime drama series for broadcast television while taking on the added responsibility of developing basic and pay cable programming. The announced was made today by David Stapf, President, CBS Television Studios, to whom she will continue to report.
Most recently, McNamara shepherded the development of five new fall drama series including “Elementary,” starring Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu; “Vegas,” starring Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis; “Beauty and the Beast,” starring Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan and “Emily Owens, M.D.” starring Mamie Gummer for The CW. Additionally, McNamara has developed multiple successful CBS dramas including “Hawaii Five-0,” “Blue Bloods,” “NCIS: Los Angeles,” the CW’s “90210” and Peabody Award-winning series “The Good Wife,” starring multiple award winner Julianna Margulies.
“Julie’s relationships in this town, her amazing skills working collaboratively with writers and her incredible creative instincts have helped build an outstanding roster of dramas for our studio,” stated Stapf. “She is simply invaluable to our division’s success making hit network shows, and we look for to expanding her role as we increase our footprint in the cable market.”
Prior to CBS Television Studios, McNamara served as Vice President, Drama Development for ABC, where she developed "Alias," "Desperate Housewives" and "Grey’s Anatomy."
She joined ABC in 1997 as an assistant in the drama series department. She rose through the ranks in drama development; she was named Manager in 1998, Director in 1999, Executive Director in 2000 and was promoted to Vice President in 2002. Prior she served for three years as assistant to the president of The Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in New York.
Karyn Smith-Forge joins CBS Television Studios as Vice President, Cable Programming, reporting to McNamara. She will work closely with McNamara on all cable drama development for basic and paid cable programming.
Smith-Forge most recently was Vice President of Programming at Fox TV Studios, and worked on “White Collar” for USA and “The Glades” for A&E. Prior to that she worked at Endeavor as a television literary agent and was responsible for helping package NBC’s “Chuck.” She grew up outside of Boston and graduated from the Wharton School of Business and received her law degree from University of Miami School of Law. She practiced law as a former commercial litigator in Miami before moving to Endeavor in 2002.
CBS Television Studios is one of the industry’s leading suppliers of primetime network programming, with the #1 and #2 most-watched dramas on television; “NCIS” and “NCIS: Los Angeles.” The studio also produces seven of the top 10 drama series. The roster of popular and critically-acclaimed programs also includes the phenomenally successful CSI franchise, along with Peabody Award winning series “The Good Wife,” starring multiple award winner Julianna Margulies; The CW’s hit series “90210;” the Emmy nominated daytime talk show “The Talk,” BET’s #1 show “The Game” and “Common Law” for USA Network.
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