Kelly Kahl was promoted to President, CBS Entertainment in May 2017, reporting directly to Leslie Moonves, Chairman and CEO, CBS Corporation.
Kahl, who has helped build CBS’ highly successful primetime schedule for more than 20 years, leads the Network’s Entertainment division. As part of his new role, he also oversees Entertainment matters in Marketing and Promotion, Digital/Interactive, Diversity, Publicity, Research and Scheduling.
For the last 21 years, Kahl has helped build CBS’ durable and successful scheduling framework that nurtured hit shows for the Network and valuable programming assets for CBS Corporation. The Network has been #1 in viewers for 14 of the last 15 seasons, including nine straight.
He also helped make key scheduling moves that have vaulted shows to huge success, including BULL, KEVIN CAN WAIT, BLUE BLOODS, SURVIVOR, THE BIG BANG THEORY “CSI,” and all three editions of the NCIS franchise. He also serves on the board of Pop, a cable network (formerly known as TVGN) that is a joint venture between CBS and Lionsgate 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).
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