'ET' exec exits CBS to start company

Lisa Summers Haas has been with network for six years

The creator of the hot Entertainment Tonight's Emmy After Party has left CBS to start her own company.

Lisa Summers Haas said Friday she quit her job, effective immediately, as vp communications for "Entertainment Tonight" and "The Insider," a show she helped to launch in 2004.

Her new company, which she'll found with two colleagues, will focus on public relations, branding and events in the lifestyle and entertainment industries.

Summers Haas was with CBS for six years, beginning as director of media relations charged with generating publicity for the "Entertainment Tonight" spinoff "The Insider."

Six months into the job, she was promoted to executive director of communications for both shows, then was promoted to vp three years later.

"Entertainment Tonight," said Summers Haas, "was the boot camp of PR on so many levels."
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