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Julie Pernworth Named Head of Comedy Development at CBS

Following the departure of longtime exec Wendi Trilling, Julie Pernworth has been named exec VP of comedy development for CBS Entertainment, Variety has learned. Nina Tassler, chair of CBS Entertainment, announced the promotion Thursday.

Before being upped to head the comedy department, Pernworth served as senior VP of comedy development since 2006. She first joined the network in 2000 as vice president of comedy development.

During her time at CBS, she worked closely with Trilling, who is set to leave at the end of the month when her contract is up. Pernworth has helped developed series including “The Big Bang Theory,” “Mom,” “2 Broke Girls,” “Two and a Half Men,” “How I Met Your Mother” and “The New Adventures of Old Christine.” She also worked on upcoming fall comedies “Angel From Hell,” starring Jane Lynch, and emsembler “Life In Pieces.”

In her new post, Pernworth will oversee all development of new CBS comedy series.

“This is a well-deserved promotion that recognizes Julie’s invaluable and integral contributions to the many successful comedies she has helped develop and nurture during her 15 years with CBS,” said Tassler. “She is a skilled creative executive with a great instinct for the genre and strong relationships with writers and producers. This appointment gives a great opportunity to a deserving executive and maintains continuity in a very strong department.”

Pernworth’s promotion is a natural fit, as she is well-regarded at the network and was believed to take Trilling’s spot, upon the announcement of her exit in May. Trilling is leaving to explore the next chapter in her life and career, and is expected to take time off, after her tenure at CBS.

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