Sussman is VP for CBS specials

Awards, pageants in store for exec

Former VH1 production and original programming veep Jack Sussman has been tapped as veep of specials for CBS Entertainment, as expected (Daily Variety, June 26).

Sussman replaces Terry Botwick, who was upped to senior veep of current programming and specials for the network in June.

In the new position, Sussman will be responsible for developing primetime specials programming and overseeing production on all primetime specials including a “Celine Dion Christmas Special”; a series of specials starring Olympic gold medalist Tara Lipinski; and annual programming such as “The Grammy Awards,” “The CMA Awards,” “The Academy of Country Music Awards,” “The Tony Awards” and the “Miss Universe,” “Miss USA” and “Miss Teen” pageants.

Sussman reports directly to Botwick, who said Sussman’s “diverse background in cable, music and reality programming will fit perfectly in building upon the great specials tradition here at CBS.”

Past endeavors

Sussman most recently led the programming and creative services reorganization of Cinecanal, the Latin American movie channel jointly owned by Universal, Paramount, MGM and Fox. From 1996 to 1997, Sussman was veep, head of programming for MTV Latin America, responsible for production and original programming, development, music programming, scheduling, talent and artist relations, news and on-air promotion.

Prior to that, he served as veep of production and original programming at VH1 from 1992 to 1995 where he developed and produced new series and specials.

As an executive producer/producer, Sussman’s credits include “The VH1 Honors,” the live-concert series “Centerstage,” “Paul McCartney at the Hollywood Bowl” and others.

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