Nick Bernstein, a veteran of TV’s late-night wars, is joining CBS to oversee its revamp of “The Late Late Show.”
Bernstein, who spent a decade at NBC working with Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Fallon and Carson Daly, will serve as vice president of late night programming, West Coast, a newly created position that will serve both CBS Entertainment and CBS Television Studios. Bernstein will report to both Nina Tassler, chairman of CBS Entertainment and David Stapf, president of CBS Television Studios.
Bernstein recently helped create “The Pete Holmes Show” for TBS and served as its showrunner. He will now turn his gaze to James Corden, the host who will take the reins of the program on March 9. Current host Craig Ferguson is stepping down at the end of the year, and CBS will let guest hosts lead the program, and also run a weeklong series of episodes of “The Talk” during the interim.
Bernstein was vice president of late night and primetime series at NBC Entertainment between August 2006 and October 2011, working as one of two programming executives overseeing NBC’s late night lineup, including “The Tonight Show” with both Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien, “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and “Last Call with Carson Daly.” The other was Rick Ludwin, the wee-hours TV veteran who helped manage NBC’s latenight lineup from Johnny Carson on. Bernstein also oversaw NBC’s late night specials, including “New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly,” “50 Years of NBC Late Night” and the Emmy Award-nominated documentaries “Live From New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live” and “Saturday Night Live in the 2000s.”
Bernstein began his career as an NBC page, working his way up to coordinator, manager and director of late night and primetime Series before being promoted to vice president in 2006.
The executive has developed an expertise in recent years in TV’s post-midnight antics. “The Pete Holmes Show” aired at midnight following “Conan.”
Bernstein is a cum laude graduate of Syracuse University with a bachelor of science in Television-Radio-Film from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.