3:20pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
Longtime CBS Comedy Exec Wendi Trilling Exits
After more than 24 years with the network, Wendi Trilling is exiting CBS.
Trilling will exit her position as executive vp comedy development at CBS Entertainment when her contract expires in June, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Trilling, who joined CBS in 1990 as an assistant in current programs before transitioning to comedy/drama development in 1993, has served in her current role since 2004. During her career, she has developed series including How I Met Your Mother, Everybody Loves Raymond, The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, 2 Broke Girls, The New Adventures of Old Christine and, most recently, Mom, among others. An impressive 10 of the comedy series she developed have been sold in off-network syndication.
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"After more than 24 years at CBS, it’s time to take a breath and look toward a new challenge,” Trilling said. “I have been beyond fortunate to work for an incomparable leader and creative force in Leslie Moonves, and to have had a boss and mentor like Nina Tassler. I’ve had the singular experience of working with the very best writers, producers and directors in television comedy from the proud perch of the CBS Television Network, and that has been a true privilege. And most of all, I have been blessed to work with the same dedicated team of executives in Julie Pernworth and Edy Mendoza for the last 15 years. It has been a joy.”
Trilling, who sources say made the decision to leave, does not have a new position lined up and is expected to take some time off before trying something new. A replacement has not yet been determined and it's unclear just when CBS will make that announcement. Her departure comes as CBS is famously stable, with little movement in its executive ranks. Tassler, for her part, is the longest-tenured network chief.
Trilling oversaw CBS' 2015-16 comedy slate, which consists of single-camera entries Angel From Hell (from CBS Television Studios) and Life in Pieces (an outside buy from 20th Century Fox Television), and she recently supported both shows at the network's upfront presentation in New York.
"Wendi is one of the most respected creative executives in our business,” said CBS Entertainment chairman Tassler. “Over the past 20 years, she has developed many of the biggest hit comedies on television and helped CBS build signature comedy nights. She is an accomplished executive with a passion for the creative process that I greatly respect, and a dear friend whom I will miss personally. Wendi started her career at CBS, and has devoted herself to this Network for more than two decades. All of us here wish her great success in her next chapter.”