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Kelly Kahl
President, CBS Entertainment

Oct. 2021

Kelly Kahl was promoted to President, CBS Entertainment in May 2017. In this position, he leads all parts of the Entertainment Division and also oversees Entertainment matters in marketing and promotion, digital/interactive, diversity and inclusion, publicity, research and scheduling.

Since taking on his current role, Kahl has kept CBS on top of the network standings. CBS was once again #1 in viewers for the 2020-2021 broadcast season, marking the 18th time in 19 seasons, and 13th straight, as America’s Most Watched Network.

During his previous 25 years at the Company, Kahl served as the Network’s head of scheduling, helping build CBS’ durable and successful scheduling framework that nurtured hit shows for the Network and valuable programming assets for CBS. He also made key scheduling moves that vaulted many shows to huge success, including BULL, BLUE BLOODS, SURVIVOR, “The Big Bang Theory,” YOUNG SHELDON, “CSI” and all three editions of the NCIS franchise. In addition, he had a significant hand in the development and scheduling of CBS’ newest hits, FBI, FBI: MOST WANTED, FBI: INTERNATIONAL, NCIS: HAWAI`I, CSI: VEGAS, THE NEIGHBORHOOD, BOB ABISHOLA, GHOSTS and THE EQUALIZER.

Before being named President of Entertainment, Kahl had been Senior Executive Vice President, CBS Primetime, since 2005. He joined CBS in January 1996 as Vice President, Scheduling, CBS Entertainment, following three years as Director, Network Research at Warner Bros. Television. He joined Lorimar Television in 1990 (before Lorimar and Warner Bros. Television combined operations) as a research intern and quickly rose through the ranks as a research analyst and then manager, before assuming responsibility for the research department in 1993.

Kahl is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Madison (B.A., Communications, 1989) and the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communications (M.A., Communications Management, 1991).