The veteran head of public relations for CBS Television Distribution, the company’s syndication arm, is stepping down. John Wentworth announced Tuesday that he is retiring, Yahoo News reports.
Wentworth will stay on the job through March and will help with the transition, the report notes.
In an email announcing his exit, Wentworth said: “I have been thinking about this for many months so I’m ready and excited to move into the next chapter of my life. And while I will be retiring from CBS (it actually sounds a bit better to say ‘semi-retiring!’), I don’t plan to retire from working. There are ideas and passions to pursue, hopefully not too far from all of you.”
Wentworth joined Paramount Television, the predecessor to CBS Television Studios, in 1983. “From 1993 to 1999 he served as senior vice president, then executive vice president, media relations and marketing for the studio,” the report notes. “He later moved to CBS TV Distribution, serving as executive vice president, communications.”
He has been overseeing publicity for shows including “Dr. Phil,” “The Doctors,” “Rachael Ray,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “The Insider,” “Inside Edition,” “Judge Judy,” “Hot Bench,” “Wheel of Fortune,” and “Jeopardy!” along with off-network series such as “CSI,” “The Good Wife,” “NCIS,” “Penny Dreadful,” and “Blue Bloods.”