The first staff memo from the new president of CBS Entertainment, Amy Reisenbach

The day after the surprise reshuffle within CBS, which saw the exit of entertainment president and 26-year Eye veteran Kelly Kahl, along with chief lieutenant Thom Sherman (who had overseen programming as senior executive vice president ), new entertainment prexy Amy Reisenbach sent a memo to staffers as she kicks off her tenure.

“I look forward to working with all of you much more closely and continuing the legacy that is CBS,” he wrote in the memo, which Variety He obtained. “In the meantime, I want you to know my mantra. Despite what you may have read or heard; BROADCAST IS NOT DEAD. This season proves it! Our network has 16 of the top 25 entertainment shows and they’re killing it on Paramount+ too! As we navigate the future, we will be smart and ambitious. And above all, we will continue to entertain millions of people around the world with the best content. Surrender is not in my vocabulary.

Reisenbach is a longtime CBS veteran, having joined the company in 2005 as manager of current programs for CBS Studios. Most recently, Reisenbach served as executive vice president of ongoing programs at CBS since June 2017, overseeing creative affairs for all scripted series on CBS, CBS daytime programming and Saturday morning fare, as well as of CBS Studios produced for other broadcast networks.

“She is an avid advocate for writers, producers and the creative process, with a proven programming instinct for what it takes to build and sustain blockbuster television series,” CBS CEO George Cheeks said on Wednesday in announcing the his promotion.

Reisenbach joined CBS from Warner Bros. Television where she worked in the drama development and current departments.

Here is his full memo for staff members:

Hello everybody,

I’ll keep it short for today as I know we are still processing yesterday’s events. We are in a moment of immense change, but we will overcome it together, as we always do, with spirit, grit, dedication to quality and a little fun.

I am thrilled and grateful that George has chosen me as the next president of CBS and I am thrilled to be tackling this job with him.

I also want to express my heartfelt thanks to Kelly and Thom, who have been incredible bosses and friends to me for the past five and a half years. They have always been responsible, inclusive and supportive. I intend to drive in their image. I will forever be grateful to them and I miss them already.

I would be remiss not to mention my beloved current department, my home for the past 17+ years. You guys are my family and I am so lucky to have worked with you, raised with you and achieved success with you. Thank goodness that won’t change. We’re identifying my replacement and hope to make an announcement soon.

I look forward to working with all of you much more closely and continuing the legacy that is CBS. In the meantime, I want you to know my mantra. Despite what you may have read or heard; BROADCAST IS NOT DEAD. This season proves it! Our network has 16 of the top 25 entertainment shows and they’re killing it on Paramount+ too! As we navigate the future, we will be smart and ambitious. And above all, we will continue to entertain millions of people around the world with the best content. Surrender is not in my vocabulary.

Finally, George and I want to encourage anyone who wants to go ahead and work remotely both the week of Thanksgiving and 12/19-2/1. There is work to be done, but we also want you to spend as much time as possible with your family and friends during your holidays.

And there’s more.

In the meantime, please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns and I will get back to you.

Improve,

Amy

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