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NEW YORK — CBS programming exec Laurie Zaks has been upped to veepee of current programs for the Eye web.

Zaks, who had been a director in the current department since joining CBS in 1996, remains in charge of day-to-day creative management for the Eye’s hit Monday laffers “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “King of Queens,” along with frosh comedy “Ladies Man” and midseason sitcom “Grapevine.” She reports to CBS current programming senior veep David Stapf, who announced the promotion Wednesday.

‘Well-deserved promotion’

“This well-deserved promotion recognizes Laurie’s outstanding creative instincts and ability to effectively communicate with both producers and talent,” Stapf said. “Her professionalism and dedication have played key roles in the success of our series. I look forward to her continued contributions.”

Before joining CBS, Zaks was one of the founding execs at Comedy Central, where she spent six years working with various departments. Her responsibilities at the cabler included identifying new forms of programming and developing shows such as “Politically Incorrect” and “Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist.”

Zaks also served a stint as director of artist and talent relations for MTV and spent six seasons as the exec in charge of talent for “Saturday Night Live.”

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