CBS Promotes Julie Pernworth to Head of Comedy Development

She follows longtime network exec Wendi Trilling, who will exit this month.
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Julie Pernworth is moving up at CBS.

The exec has been promoted to executive vp comedy development at CBS Entertainment, the network announced Thursday.

Pernworth succeeds longtime CBS exec Wendi Trilling, who announced her plan to depart at the end of June when her contract expires after 24 years with the network. In her new role, Pernworth will head CBS's comedy department and oversee development of new comedy series for the network.

Pernworth joined CBS in 2000 as vp comedy development and was promoted to senior vp comedy development in 2006. During her career, she helped Trilling develop many of the network's current hit comedies, including the No. 1 The Big Bang Theory as well as Mom, 2 Broke Girls, Two and a Half Men, How I Met Your Mother and The New Adventures of Old Christine. She also played a role in developing CBS' two new fall comedies Angel From Hell and Life in Pieces.

“This is a well-deserved promotion that recognizes Julie’s invaluable and integral contributions to the many successful comedies she has helped develop and nurture during her 15 years with CBS,” said CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler. “She is a skilled creative executive with a great instinct for the genre and strong relationships with writers and producers. This appointment gives a great opportunity to a deserving executive and maintains continuity in a very strong department.”

Prior to joining CBS, Pernworth served as director of casting and, later, director of prime time series at NBC.

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