CBS announced today that Amy Reisenbach would take over as the new president of CBS Entertainment, replacing outgoing chief Kelly Kahl who will exit the company in December after 26 years at the network. Since 2017, Reisenbach has been the executive vice president of current programs at CBS with oversight of all creative affairs for all scripted series broadcast on CBS, CBS Studios shows produced for other broadcast networks, CBS Daytime’s talk shows, game shows and dramas, and its Saturday morning lineup.
In her new role at CBS, Reisenbach assumes leadership of all primetime, daytime and late night creative departments at the CBS Television Network, including comedy and drama development, alternative, specials, current programming, scheduling and casting. Reisenbach joined CBS in 2005, starting as manager of current programs for CBS Studios and rising through the ranks in various Network and Studios programming roles over the past 17 years.
“Amy is a brilliant, creative executive and an incredible, highly collaborative leader who has worked closely with all parts of the Network and our Studios partners for many years,” said CBS president and CEO George Cheeks, to whom Reisenbach will report. “She is a passionate advocate for writers, producers and the creative process, with proven programming instincts for what it takes to make and sustain highly successful television series. She also continues to be a strong proponent for diversity and inclusion and a key figure in the advancements CBS has made in front of and behind the camera in this area.”
“I want to thank George, Kelly Kahl, David Stapf and Thom Sherman for being amazing bosses and colleagues, and supporting my growth path to this moment,” said Reisenbach in a statement. “This Network means so much to the people who work here, the writers and producers who call it home, and the viewers who fall in love with our series. I’m excited and proud to continue our tradition of excellence that everyone at this Network strives to exceed every day.”
Reisenbach was senior vice president of current programs from September 2015 through June 2017, supervising all series produced by CBS Studios for The CW, while continuing to work on several shows broadcast on CBS. After joining CBS Studios in 2005 as manager of current programs, she was promoted to director a year later, and named vice president in 2011.
Before her time at CBS, Reisenbach worked at Warner Bros. Television in the drama development and current departments. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Arts in social and behavioral sciences.
So far this season, CBS has seven of the top eight most-watched entertainment shows on broadcast television and 16 of the top 25. In daytime, CBS continues to lead in Total Viewers, Women 18-49 and Women 25-54 rating with “The Price is Right,” “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” topping the charts.