CBS Entertainment is consolidating its longform programming department under the supervision of Sunta Izzicupo, the exec credited for much of the Eye web’s recent success with its Sunday night movie franchise.
CBS’ longform development had been divided between TV movies and miniseries. Joan Harrison, veepee of miniseries, is ankling the web after eight years to pursue a longtime ambition to work on the other side of the biz as a writer-producer. Izzicupo, VP of TV movies, is seen as a rising star at CBS, which is adding a second movie night on Tuesdays in the fall.
In making the announcement, CBS prexy and CEO Leslie Moonves praised Harrison and Izzicupo, both of whom worked with Moonves in the late 1980s during his tenure as head of Lorimar/Warner Bros. TV.
During the past season, an average 19.4 million viewers tuned into the “CBS Sunday Movie,” putting CBS ahead of the pack in the timeslot by nearly 5 million viewers. Among the made-fors shepherded by Izzicupo last season were the acclaimed “Nicholas’ Gift,” “Borrowed Hearts: A Holiday Romance,” and the Hallmark Hall of Fame-bannered “Ellen Foster,” “The Echo of Thunder” and “The Love Letter.”
Izzicupo joined CBS in 1992 as veepee of movies and miniseries for its in-house production arm, CBS Entertainment Prods. She was named veep of TV movies for the web in 1995. Before coming to CBS, Izzicupo worked as a longform development exec for Lorimar Television, Disney and 20th Century Fox Television.