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ABC Taps CBS Veteran Andrew Kubitz as EVP Scheduling and Planning

The move comes mere weeks after long-time scheduler Jeff Bader announced he would join rival NBC.

The game of network musical chairs continues as ABC names a former CBS exec to replace long-time scheduler Jeff Bader, who departed for NBC last month.

Mere weeks before the 2012-13 television season gets underway, Andrew Kubitz, another veteran executive with 17 years of scheduling experience, has been named executive vice president, program planning and scheduling for the ABC Entertainment Group. In his new role, Kubitz will have oversight of daytime, primetime and late-night program planning and scheduling, as well as film acquisition and theatrical inventory. The former CBS exec will also facilitate and coordinate windowing strategies for ABC Entertainment Group programming across all platforms. 

"Andy’s appointment brings a fresh perspective and a strategic sensibility to our planning and scheduling efforts, joining a team that is second to none in our industry,” said ABC president Paul Lee, to whom Kubitz will report. "Together, I’m confident they will help us take ABC to a whole new level.”

Kubitz added: “I’m looking forward to joining the ABC Entertainment team. The network’s amazing programming and innovative approach to storytelling is exciting for viewers, myself included. It’s a thrill to participate in the creative process in an effort to better position the signature programming that so many hold near and dear to their hearts.” 

Kubitz most recently served as senior vice president of program planning and scheduling for CBS Television, a position he had held since 2010. In that role, he was responsible for developing long term programming and scheduling strategies for CBS and the CW’s primetime, daytime and late night lineups. Prior to that, he held a series of positions within CBS, having joined that company in December 1994 as a page in Los Angeles, CA.

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