Eye ups Ender to sr. veep publicity

Exec also tapped for communications

Chris Ender is expanding his Eye empire, taking charge of communications and publicity for all CBS West Coast-based programming divisions.

Ender has been upped to senior VP of communications for CBS, the Viacom unit that encompasses CBS Entertainment — the programming arm of the broadcast net — as well as weblet UPN and syndie giant King World.

Exec, who had previously been based at CBS Entertainment, will continue to report to CBS exec VP of communications Gil Schwartz. Ender has also inked a new long-term deal with the Eye.

Schwartz said the move was a “well-deserved promotion. It brings Chris’s experience and wisdom to a broader canvass, one which encompasses most of the programming operations for CBS.”

CBS chairman/CEO Leslie Moonves said Ender had earned his expanded duties.

“Eight years ago when I came to CBS, one of my first decisions was to take this unknown young guy from (Sony’s) syndication company and put him in charge of (primetime) PR,” Moonves told Daily Variety. “It may have been the best decision I’ve made since I’ve been here.

With the promotion, Joanna Lowry and Arthur Sando — who serve as senior VPs of communication for UPN and King World, respectively — will report to Ender. Gotham-based PR chiefs for CBS news and sports will continue to report directly to Schwartz.

During his tenure at CBS, Ender has overseen the launches of numerous hits, including “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “CSI” and “Two and a Half Men.” He’s also served as one of the net’s chief public faces during a slew of PR maelstroms, from the recent ruckus over “The Reagans” to the summer 2000 launch of “Survivor.”

Ender initially served as VP of media relations for CBS Entertainment when he joined the net in 1996; he was upped to senior VP two years later.

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