Kelly Kahl was promoted to President, CBS Entertainment in May 2017. In this position, he leads all parts of the Entertainment Division and also oversees Entertainment matters in Marketing and Promotion, Digital/Interactive, Diversity & Inclusion, Publicity, Research and Scheduling.
In his first two years in the new role, Kahl has led CBS to the top of the network standings. CBS was #1 in viewers in the 2017-2018 broadcast season, and is on pace to finish the current season (2018-2019) on top as well, marking the 15th time in 16 seasons, and 11 straight as America’s Most Watched Network.
During his previous 21 years at the company, Kahl served as the Network’s head of scheduling, helping build CBS’ durable and successful scheduling framework that nurtured hit shows for the Network and valuable programming assets for CBS Corporation. He also made key scheduling moves that vaulted many shows to huge success, including BULL, BLUE BLOODS, SURVIVOR, THE BIG BANG THEORY, YOUNG SHELDON, “CSI” and all three editions of the NCIS franchise. He has also had a significant hand in the scheduling of CBS’ newest hits FBI, GOD FRIENDED ME, THE NEIGHBORHOOD and MAGNUM P.I.
Before being named President of Entertainment, Kahl had been Senior Executive Vice President, CBS Primetime, since 2005. He joined CBS in January 1996 as Vice President, Scheduling, CBS Entertainment, following three years as Director, Network Research at Warner Bros. Television. He joined Lorimar Television in 1990 (before Lorimar and Warner Bros. Television combined operations) as a research intern and quickly rose through the ranks as a research analyst and then manager, before assuming responsibility for the research department in 1993.
Kahl is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison (B.A., communications, 1989) and the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communications (M.A., communications management, 1991).