A top scheduling executive at CBS is leaving the network to take on the top scheduling job at ABC, reports Joe Flint in the Los Angeles Times.
Andy Kubitz, who has been senior VP of scheduling for CBS, will be filling the role left empty by Jeff Bader, who left ABC earlier this month to join NBC, the story notes. Bader had worked at ABC for almost 25 years.
Kubitz served as second-in-command to Kelly Kahl, CBS’s highly regarded scheduler, the story adds.
"At ABC, Kubitz will have his work cut out for him,” Flint writes. “While the network has some strong shows in ‘Modern Family’ and ‘Once Upon a Time,’ it also has several new offerings premiering this fall that will need nurturing and patience.”
He adds, "With the hiring of Kubitz, three of the big four networks will go into the fall with new schedulers at the helm. Besides Bader at NBC, Fox earlier this year named Dan Harrison its new head of program planning to replace Preston Beckman, who has taken on an advisory role as he eases into retirement."