Deborah Barak Upped at CBS to President of Business Operations

The CBS vet has been promoted, where her purview will now include the network's news, entertainment and TV studio divisions.
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Deborah Barak

CBS is promoting Deborah Barak.

The network vet, who has led business affairs for the entertainment division at both the network and the studio since 2004, has been named president of business operations.

In the new position, Barak’s responsibilities will expand to include the network’s news and TV studios divisions as well. Reporting to CBS Corporation president and CEO Leslie Moonves, she’ll work closely with the presidents of each of these departments to manage their business issues and strategies. Additionally, she’ll run the business affairs departments for each division, overseeing negotiations for talent and producer deals, program licensing agreements and developing new business models. Barak will also continue to represent CBS on the board that oversees The CW.

"Debby’s business acumen, deal-making skills and strategic vision have been instrumental in supporting the success of our programming and overall entertainment business," said Moonves. "She is a forward-thinking executive who is always one step ahead on how new business models can work to build and enhance content assets. We’re pleased to expand her role and her purview with this new position."

During her CBS tenure, Barak negotiated the talent and production agreements for the new late night franchises with Stephen Colbert and James Corden, the first late-night shows to be produced by CBS Television Studios. She also helped establish the network’s novel business model for its summer original scripted series  — including Under the Dome, Extant and Zoo — with lower network license fees and a unique in-season SVOD window. In addition, Barak has handled license renewals for some of the network’s biggest shows, like The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men, as well as cast renegotiations for long-running series such as NCIS, CSI and Criminal Minds

Barak had served as executive vp business operations at the network since 2010. Prior to that, she served as executive vp business affairs of the entertainment group starting in 2004 and senior vp business affairs of CBS Entertainment from February 2002 through October 2004. Earlier, she was senior vp business planning and special projects at the network, playing a key role in the negotiation of new media deals and co-production agreements. Prior to joining CBS, Barak was an associate at O’Melveny & Myers.

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