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CBS Ent. ups Bajaria to VP

Exec replaces Izzicupo

HOLLYWOOD — Bela Bajaria has been upped to senior VP of movies and miniseries for CBS Entertainment.

She replaces Sunta Izzicupo, who left the position last month to pursue other interests (Daily Variety, Jan. 17).

Bajaria will be responsible for the development and supervision of all longform programming, including the “CBS Sunday Movie” franchise and pic projects developed by CBS Prods., the net’s inhouse production unit.

During the past several years as VP and director, she oversaw development and production of TV movies and minis at CBS, including “Joan of Arc” and “Jesus.” Credits also include “Haven,” “Black and Blue,” “Deep in My Heart,” “Surviving Gilligan’s Island: The Incredibly True Story of the Longest Three-Hour Tour in History” and the upcoming minis “Living With the Dead” and “Salem Witches.”

“Bela has an impressive track record here at CBS,” said CBS Entertainment president Nancy Tellem. “She has great relationships in the community and a natural instinct for selecting and developing longform material that generates critical acclaim and has popular appeal.”

While most nets are struggling to find success with the telepic genre, individual pics can still pop a rating.

The “CBS Sunday Movie,” the only Big Four regular weekly slot for telepics, has been in Nielsen’s top 15 for four of the last five seasons.

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