CBS moved quickly to fill a key executive position, naming a new head of unscripted programming just hours after Jennifer Bresnan announced she was stepping down. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network promoted Chris Castallo to the post.
Castallo will serve as executive vice president alternative programming, overseeing all nonscripted series programming and reporting to Entertainment President Nina Tassler. Castallo, who was expected to get the job, has been serving as senior vice president of the unit.
As previously reported, Bresnan left her role to relocate to New York, where her husband and family live. Her husband is CBS Corp. Chief operating officer Joe Ianniello. She had headed the department since 2008.
“Chris is a skilled executive who thinks like a programmer, producer and promoter all at once," Tassler said in a statement. "He’s a terrific combination of a hands-on executive with a great vision for the genre, and we look forward to his leadership in this area.”
THR reports that Castallo "steps up at a particularly challenged time for the network reality business, as evidenced by the genre’s lack of new hits. While broadcast continues to take shots with big, shiny floor programming, the bulk of the genre’s buzz of late has come out of cable, where ratings expectations are considerably lower."