Promotions for CBS drama duo


CBS has pinned senior vp stripes on Christina Davis and Robert Zotnowski, who officially have been given the reins of the network's drama department.

Davis and Zotnowski have been shepherding CBS' drama development since the fall, when senior vp drama Laverne McKinnon left the network. They will continue to report to CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler.

Davis and Zotnowski's promotions come on the heels of the duo overseeing a slate of risky and unconventional projects, several of which were picked up to series: the murder-mystery musical "Viva Laughlin"; the couple- swapping-themed "Swingtown"; the Latino dark family drama "Cane"; and "Moonlight," about a private eye who is a vampire.

"I've watched Robert and Christina grow from promising young programmers to talented, skilled and accomplished development executives," Tassler said. "Without question they are two of the brightest young programming minds in our business, with the talent and relationships in the community to take our drama development to even greater heights."

Davis and Zotnowski, who have operated as a team since they were named vps drama series in May 2005, also were involved in the development of CBS' returning freshmen dramas "Jericho" and "Shark" and sophomore one-hours "Criminal Minds," "Ghost Whisperer" and "The Unit."

Davis started in the CBS drama department in 1997 as assistant to then-department head Tassler and rose through the ranks from supervisor to manager and director. She was involved in the development of such series as "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and its two spinoffs, "Without a Trace" and "Cold Case."

Before joining CBS' drama department in May 2005, Zotnowski worked in the network's current programming department for seven years as manager, director and vp. He oversaw such series as the "CSI" franchise, "Everybody Loves Raymond" and "Two and a Half Men."

In addition to Davis and Zotnowski's promotion, Yelena Chak has joined CBS' drama department as director.

Clark comes from Jerry Bruckheimer Television, where she most recently was director of television, overseeing day-to-day operations for such series as "Trace" and "Home."