Nancy Tellem in talks for new CBS role

Expected to transition to big-picture content creation

CBS Network TV Entertainment Group president Nancy Tellem is in discussions to transition into a new role at CBS Corp.

The 12-year CBS veteran is expected to shed day-to-day responsibilities to focus on bigger-picture strategic aspects of content creation.

In the broader role, she will continue to work with CBS Corp. CEO Leslie Moonves, her boss for the past 23 years.

The shift, not expected to be finalized right away, comes after Tellem had been talking to Moonves for months about what her next chapter with the company might be.

Tellem, a former business affairs executive who went on to run CBS Entertainment, was elevated to president of CBS Network TV Entertainment Group in 2004, overseeing CBS and CBS Studios.

Since then, she has added responsibilities, including looking after CBS' interests in the CW, launching CBS Records and shepherding the company's efforts to expand content into new media and emerging platforms.

That last area gradually became a passion for Tellem, who would turn almost every conversation into a debate about technology, platforms and production models and how they would come together to benefit content.

Now her passion projects will become her primary focus as she moves to the new position.

It is not clear whether Tellem's post will be filled, with CBS Entertainment and CBS Studios possibly continuing to operate independently under Nina Tassler and David Stapf, respectively.

CBS declined comment Tuesday on the future of Tellem, who was in Cannes attending MIPCOM.
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