12:01pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
CBS Drama Head Christina Davis to Exit
Christina Davis, CBS' head of drama development, is exiting the network after a 20-year run.
The executive, currently on maternity leave after welcoming twins last month, will not return to the network despite having additional time remaining on her contract. A successor has not yet been determined. Given the onset of development season, that should be a top priority for the network.
"My two decades at CBS have been the most rewarding of my life, and I can't thank Leslie Moonves enough for his leadership and vision," Davis said. "From my first day as a temporary assistant under Nina Tassler, CBS has given me the tremendous opportunity to work with the most talented and dedicated executives, writers, producers and directors in the entertainment industry. I am also eternally grateful to the drama development team, who has been such a critical part of bringing so many amazing series to the network. I'm proud of what we accomplished together, and it has been a joy to work with you each and every day. And now, with gratitude for what has gone before, I look forward to new challenges ahead of me, including my expanding family."
Davis first joined CBS in 1997 as an assistant to then drama development head Tassler. She was named executive vp drama development in 2009, during which she helped develop the CSI and NCIS franchises, Bull, MacGyver, Blue Bloods, Hawaii Five-0, Madam Secretary, Scorpion, Criminal Minds, Elementary, Code Black and The Good Wife, among others.
"Christina is a terrific CBS homegrown success story," said Moonves, chairman and CEO at CBS Corp. "She rose through the ranks quickly and enthusiastically, making valuable contributions to our programming every step of the way. We're grateful for her many years of leadership in drama, proud of her many accomplishments at the network and wish her much success in her next chapter, especially with her growing family."
Davis' decision to exit comes two months after CBS saw entertainment president Glenn Geller step down following a heart attack. Geller was replaced by Thom Sherman, to whom Davis reported, and Kelly Kahl.
Davis is the latest executive shuffle at the typically stable CBS. In addition to Geller — who replaced longtime head Tassler — the network saw head of comedy Wendi Trilling exit (Julie Pernworth replaced her) and head of alternative Chris Castallo (replaced by Sharon Vuong) as well as head of current Bridget Wiley (Amy Reisenbach took that job).