Longtime CBS Late-Night Exec Vinnie Favale Shifts to Talent Development

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Vinnie Favale

The man who oversaw 'Late Show With David Letterman' gets a new senior vp title at CBS TV Studios, though he will continue to work on 'The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.'

CBS' long-running late-night executive Vinnie Favale is taking on a new role at the company, shifting to talent development at the sister studio.

In the newly created role of senior vp talent development at CBS TV Studios, Favale will (as the title implies) seek out new comedic talent to develop programming around. He will remain in New York and continue his current capacity as program executive for The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. Favale will report to CBS TV Studios president David Stapf, who announced the news Wednesday.

Favale was deeply involved with Late Show during the David Letterman years. He joined CBS in 1996, three years after Letterman's launch, and oversaw the series from the network side through the 2015 finale. Favale also developed and oversaw CBS syndicated series The Howard Stern Radio Show (1998-2001) and, prior to joining the network, was one of the original founders of Comedy Central. With a background in stand-up, he also was no stranger to the Letterman stage. Favale made numerous appearances as himself during Letterman's tenure as host.

The move comes at a time of momentum for Colbert's Late Show. After stumbling somewhat out of the gate, both critically and ratings-wise, the CBS host has scored 10 consecutive weekly wins among total viewers in broadcast's late-night race. Colbert has also been celebrated for his tackling of the new administration.

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