The timing of Tassler’s departure less than half-way through her contract did get tongues wagging. But Tassler dismissed any speculation that something precipitated the move, saying that it was just the right moment for her. Tassler’s daughter has two more years of high school, and the exec’s mother is 82. “No one is getting any younger,” said Tassler, who also has an older son. “I wanted to be available to my daughter and my mom.”
After a decade at the helm of CBS Entertainment, Nina Tassler will be stepping down at the end of 2015. She will segue from her current post as chairman of CBS Entertainment to a CBS advisory role through at least 2017 when her current contract expires. Tassler will be succeeded by Glenn Geller, head of current programming for CBS Entertainment and CBS Television Studios. He has been named president, CBS Entertainment, leading entertainment programming for primetime, daytime and latenight, as well as program development in all genres.
A few days after FX’s John Landgraf sounded a warning bell that “too much television” is being made, Nina Tassler, CBS Entertainment chairman, said the network is well-positioned to continue to draw viewers — and make money — no matter how the industry evolves in years to come.
Half her senior execs are female. One-third of her showrunners are, too. As the ACLU probes gender inequality in film, Tassler is a case study in what can happen with a lady at the top.
CBS entertainment chief Nina Tassler says the series that will follow Stephen Colbert in late night may not be a talk show. In her executive session at the Television Critics Association, Tassler said the show may not have a host with a comedy background and could, for example, draw on the political world. She also defended CBS’ diversity in primetime this fall, and said she was “pissed” about an Emmy snub for “The Good Wife.”
“We haven’t really thought about it yet. We want to let it sink in,” CBS Entertainment Chairman Nina Tassler says, as Joel McHale, Aisha Tyler, Neil Patrick Harris and Amy Schumer’s names are floated for the 12:35 a.m. gig.
Nina Tassler has been promoted to chairman of CBS Entertainment, and reupped with the network through 2017. In her new post, Tassler will continue to report to CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves.
“I think you can’t make these broad generalizations,” Tassler says in response to Kevin Reilly’s Monday comments about Fox’s plans to abandon pilot season. “It works for us.”
With new ways to watch TV shows, CBS now says it isn’t always the oldest-skewing TV network when it comes to its programming. Nina Tassler, president of CBS Entertainment, says the industry should expand the traditional TV ratings metric it sells to advertisers beyond the C3 metric — commercial ratings plus three days time-shifted viewing.
Creatively and financially, CBS believes it has had a strong 2011-2012 season. In speaking at the Television Critics Association meeting here, Nina Tassler, president of CBS Entertainment, says the network was No. 1 in total viewers, Emmy awards and upfront advertising revenue.
CBS’s very successful block of Monday night comedies includes constant hook-ups (How I Met Your Mother), blurred male nudity (Two and a Half Men) and vagina jokes and ethnic caricatures (2 Broke Girls) — but none of them go too far, says CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler.
Buoyed by a record upfront on Madison Avenue in the spring, as well as a flurry of hit new comedies in the fall, broadcast network entertainment presidents expressed a consensus of optimism as they met for a Hollywood Radio TV Society lunchtime panel.
CBS entertainment president Nina Tassler says the new Two and a Half Men star Ashton Kutcher will play an Internet billionaire, while Ted Danson should kick-start more appeal for CSI.
Entertainment President Nina Tassler says the network is worried about Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen “on a personal level” but insists “he does his job extremely well.”