Players in place for CBS drama
Exec structure solidified with Christina Davis in leadCBS has put in place the new executive structure of its drama development department following the August departure of senior vp drama Robert Zotnowski, who left to team with producer Sam Raimi.
Senior vp Christina Davis, who co-ran the department with Zotnowski for the past five years, will spearhead drama development, with Yelena Chak and Bryan Seabury elevated to serve as her No. 2s.
Chak, who has worked in CBS' drama department as a director for the past two years, is being promoted to vp.
Seabury comes to the network from sibling CBS Television Studios, where he had been vp drama development since 2006. He's being named vp drama development at CBS.
Chak and Seabury will report to Davis and work with her on the development of new drama projects for the network. They already have a rapport from working together on CBS/CBS Studios projects.
This past season, both were instrumental in the development of CBS freshman drama series "NCIS: Los Angeles," "The Good Wife" and "Three Rivers" -- Chak on the network side, Seabury on the CBS Studios side.
Since joining CBS' drama department in 2007, Chak played a key role in the development of the network's sophomore series "The Mentalist."
She started her executive career in NBC's comedy department before joining Jerry Bruckheimer TV, where she rose to director of television and oversaw day-to-day operations of several shows including the CBS drama "Without a Trace," which put her on the radar of CBS execs.
In addition to "Good Wife," "NCIS: LA" and "Rivers," Seabury this past development season oversaw the development of "Life Unexpected," CBS Studios' midseason drama for the CW.
Before joining CBS Studios, Seabury was vp television at Mark Johnson's production company Gran Via and director of development for Susanne Daniels' First Move Television.
CBS is coming off a solid drama-development season, with two of the network's new hourlong series, "NCIS: LA" and "Good Wife," already picked up for a full season.