December 17, 2009 / 9:34 PM / 10 years ago

CBS TV chief Nancy Tellem moves to strategic role

LOS ANGELES, Dec 17 (Reuters) - CBS television head Nancy Tellem, who oversaw development of the lucrative “CSI” crime franchise, is stepping away from day-to-day operations at the network to become senior adviser to chief executive Leslie Moonves, CBS (CBS.N) said on Thursday.

Tellem, president of the CBS Network Television Entertainment Group, will not be replaced directly. Her current duties at the network and the television production studio will be shared by Nina Tassler, president of CBS entertainment, and David Stapf, president of CBS television studios.

Tellem will take up her new role in January, 2010.

CBS said in a statement that Tellem’s new role would include domestic and global business opportunities for emerging media, new production models and content partnership.

Tellem will continue to oversee CBS’s interest in the CW TV network, its joint venture with Warner Bros.

Moonves said Tellem had been looking for a new challenge after 11 years as CBS entertainment president. Under her tenure, CBS has been the most-watched TV network in the United States for six of the past seven years with hit shows like “CSI” and its Miami and New York spinoffs, comedy “Two and a Half Men” and crime series “NCIS”.

Tellem said in a statement she was ready to “step away from the desk, look toward the future and help the company explore its many opportunities.”

Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing Bernard Orr

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