Eye guy makes real exit

Daniels considered frontrunner to replace Sloan

CBS reality chief Chris Sloan has ankled after just five months on the job.

Sloan joined as VP of development in August, shifting to the Eye from cabler TLC (Daily Variety, Aug. 10). He replaced longtime CBS reality guru Ghen Maynard after Maynard jumped to NBC and a top post overseeing scripted development.

Nothing’s official yet, but Nancy Daniels, director of alternative series development at the Eye, is considered the frontrunner to land the department head gig.

Neither CBS nor Sloan would talk about the reasons for his departure, though his short tenure would indicate the exec was not the right fit for the post. He jumped in feet first, joining CBS when the net was in the midst of a record amount of unscripted production.

Sloan will now segue to a production deal to develop alternative programming for the net.

Before CBS, Sloan had been veepee of production at TLC since 2003, working on “Trading Spaces.” Before that, Sloan spent several years as senior VP of reality and specials at USA Network, developing shows including “Combat Missions,” “Nashville Star” and “The Real Cannonball Run.”