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Thom Sherman
Senior Executive Vice President, Programming, CBS Entertainment

July 2018

Thom Sherman is Senior Executive Vice President, Programming, CBS Entertainment. In this position, which reports to Kelly Kahl, President, CBS Entertainment, Sherman oversees creative affairs for entertainment programming in all dayparts and genres including Comedy, Drama, Alternative, Daytime, Late Night, and Specials.

Since joining CBS in 2017, Sherman helped oversee the launch and first season of hit comedy YOUNG SHELDON as well as drama hits SEAL TEAM and S.W.A.T. Sherman also developed and launched new reality hit BIG BROTHER: CELEBRITY EDITION and helped supervise Emmy-nominated late night series THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT and THE LATE LATE SHOW with JAMES CORDEN.

From 2006 to 2017, Sherman was Executive Vice President, The CW Television Network, where he was responsible for development and oversight of its entire slate of primetime programming. Sherman developed and supervised smash hit series THE FLASH and RIVERDALE as well as Golden Globe-winning comedies JANE THE VIRGIN and CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND. Additionally, Sherman developed and supervised buzz-worthy scripted hits ARROW, “The Vampire Diaries,” and “Gossip Girl.” On the unscripted side, Sherman developed and oversaw The CW’s versions of the hit improv comedy WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? and the hit magic series PENN & TELLER: FOOL US.

From 2004 to 2006, Sherman was President of Bad Robot Productions, which he co-founded with J.J. Abrams. Sherman was in charge of all television content and developed and executive produced several pilots and series, including “What About Brian” and “Six Degrees.” He also helped oversee the first two seasons of Emmy and Golden Globe-winning “Lost” and the last two seasons of cult favorite “Alias.”

From 1996 to 2004, Sherman worked in Drama Series Development at the ABC Television Network, the last five years of which he was department head with the title Senior Vice President. While at ABC, he was responsible for development and/or oversight of over three dozen primetime dramas, including critically acclaimed, award-winning series such as “Lost,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Alias,” “NYPD Blue,” “The Practice” and “Once & Again.”

Sherman was born in Chicago and raised in Del Mar, Calif. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater from the University of California at San Diego.