CBS Television Studios Promotes Allison Brightman to Lead Business Affairs and Operations

She replaces former department head Dan Kupetz

Last Updated: January 22, 2020 @ 10:01 AM

CBS Television Studios has promoted longtime executive Allison Brightman to executive vice president of business affairs and operations. She replaces former department head Dan Kupetz.

The news was announced Wednesday by Deborah Barak, president of business operations for CBS Entertainment, CBS Television Studios and CBS News, and David Stapf, president of CBS Television Studios.

“Allison’s skill sets are extraordinary. She’s a natural leader and master negotiator with great relationships within and outside the company. She’s the obvious choice and we are delighted she accepted,” Barak said.

“Allison has been a key member of our team for years. We have benefited greatly from her business acumen, strategic thinking and strong relationships with our talent as well as the community at large,” Stapf said.

Brightman has been with CBS since 2006, when she joined the studio as vice president of business affairs. She was promoted to senior vice president in 2012, and in 2017, her purview extended to CBS All Access. Before joining CBS, she worked as a senior legal counsel at HBO.

In her new position, she will lead business affairs department for the studio, which is currently producing over 75 series across 15 platforms. Her responsibilities will include overseeing all “above-the-line” deals for the Studio’s development and production of scripted series, including CBS Television Network series like the “NCIS” franchise, “Blue Bloods,” “Hawaii Five-O,” “Evil” and “The Unicorn.” CBS All Access programming under her oversight will include “The Good Fight,” the upcoming Stephen King series “The Stand,” and “The Twilight Zone,” as well as The CW’s “Nancy Drew,” “Dynasty” and the “Walker, Texas Ranger” remake, “Walker.”

She will also continue to negotiate licensing deals on behalf of the studio with other platforms like Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Peacock, HBO Max, TNT, TBS, USA and SyFy. She will also oversee the studio’s overall deals with writers, producers and directors.

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