Jennifer Bresnan named CBS senior vp

Will oversee reality programming

CW reality executive Jennifer Bresnan has been named senior vp alternative programming at corporate sibling CBS Entertainment, heading the network's reality programming department.

She takes over the responsibilities from Ghen Maynard, who is segueing into a producing deal that gives CBS and CW a first look at his development.

In her new position, Bresnan will spearhead the development of new reality programs for CBS and also oversee its current slate of programs, including "Survivor," "The Amazing Race" and "Big Brother."

Bresnan has been senior vp alternative programming at the CW since August 2006. There, she supervised production on "America's Next Top Model," "Beauty and the Geek" and the upcoming "Stylista" and "13: Fear Is Real," among other series.

It's unclear who will succeed her at the CW.

In her new post, she reports to CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler.

"Jen's background in developing and producing reality programming is incredibly diverse, her relationships in the creative community run very deep, and we're excited for her to start developing all types of programming in the reality genre," Tassler said.

Bresnan also served as a producer on the first season of Fox's "American Idol," supervising producer on Mark Burnett's NBC series "The Apprentice: Martha Stewart" and co-executive producer on both editions of Fox's "The Swan," among other producing credits.