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CBS taps new programming executive for syndication

January 3, 2011 |  1:07 pm

CBS wasted little time in replacing Terry Wood, its highly regarded program development executive for syndicated shows. On Monday, the company announced that former Oxygen and Fox television executive Aaron Meyerson was joining the CBS Television Distribution division as president of programming and development.

AaronMeyersonMeyerson will be responsible for discovering new breakout hits as well as shepherding CBS' syndicated evergreens, including "Entertainment Tonight" and "Judge Judy."  Meyerson was credited with helping nurture such shows as  “Tori and Dean,” “The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency” and “The Bad Girls Club,” for Oxygen.

He will report to John Nogawski, president of CBS Television Distribution.  Nogawski, in a news release, lauded Meyerson's skills, including his business credentials. Meyerson earned an undergraduate degree in economics from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Stanford University.  He most recently was a principal at a digital media startup called Coincident TV.

"Aaron brings a new sensibility to the syndication marketplace. He comes to us with a fresh set of eyes, knowledge of our core female audience and an acumen for creating new financial models for production,” Nogawski said.

 -- Meg James

Photo: Aaron Meyerson. Credit: CBS