Exec to head N.Y. entertainment PR dept.

CBS has put Barbara Abseck in charge of its Gotham entertainment PR department.

Abseck has been named to a newly created position as executive director-East Coast manager for the Eye’s communications unit. She’ll oversee media relations with New York and East Coast media outlets while also acting as liaison to the net’s marketing group.

She reports to Phil Gonzales, the Los Angles-based VP of communications for CBS Entertainment.

Abseck had most recently been exec director for East Cost PR in a 15-year career with CBS. She has worked on campaigns for a wide range of projects, including “Hallmark Hall of Fame,” “The Kennedy Center Honors,” “Joan of Arc,” “On Golden Pond” and “Without a Trace.”

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