CBS’s Bajaria Given Studio Responsibilities

Sep 14, 2006  •  Post A Comment

Bela Bajaria has been named to the newly created position of senior VP of movies and cable programming for CBS Paramount Network Television and senior VP of movies and miniseries for CBS Entertainment.

In this dual-programming role, Ms. Bajaria, who currently oversees movies and miniseries for CBS, will spearhead development of scripted series and long-form projects produced for the basic and pay cable networks by the network’s sister studio, CBS Paramount Network Television.

CBS Paramount Network Television Entertainment Group President Nancy Tellem, who oversees operations for both divisions, made the announcement Thursday.

“We’re a content company that wants to develop and sell to as many programming platforms as possible,” CBS Paramount Network Television President David Stapf said in a statement. “We see basic and pay cable as potential growth areas, and this is a dedicated position to serve and supply these markets.”

For CBS Ms. Bajaria is overseeing the six-hour “Comanche Moon,” from writer Larry McMurtry, a remake of the movie “Sybil,” and “Sea Change,” the fourth installment of the Jesse Stone franchise starring Tom Selleck.

Ms. Bajaria started at CBS in the movies and miniseries department. After a brief stint at Warner Bros. Television, where she was manager of movies and miniseries, she returned to CBS in December 1997. She was promoted to VP in 1999 and was named senior VP of movies and miniseries in 2002.

She began her career at First Serve Entertainment as a creative executive in charge of production, where she anchored, wrote and produced a weekly entertainment and news show on KSCI-TV in Los Angeles.