EXCLUSIVE: Julie Pernworth is stepping down as executive vice president of comedy development at CBS Entertainment, ending a nearly 21-year term with the broadcast network. Pernworth has just informed his colleagues of his decision to leave at the end of his current contract next week.
In her note (you can read it below), Pernworth spoke of the challenges of the past year and a half amid the pandemic, calling it “a time of reflection for many of us” that brought it about. to begin “to explore new possibilities”. Thanking her “dedicated and passionate teams, and truly the most talented creators, producers, actors and directors in television,” Pernworth said she plans to take the summer before deciding what to do next.
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Pernworth, a well-respected CBS and creative community, was named the Network’s Best Comedy Position in June 2015, succeeding Wendi Trilling. Since joining CBS in 2000 as vice president of comedy development, Pernworth has developed CBS shows such as Two and a Half Men, How I Met Your Mother, 2 Broken Girls, Mom, The Big Bang Theory, Young Sheldon, The Neighborhood, Bob ♥ Abishola, as well as new comedies coming for the 2021-2022 broadcast season, Ghosts and Little wood. CBS presented the most watched new comedies of the 2020-21 season, # 1 and # 2, United States of Al and B Positive, both developed by Pernworth and his team.
“In our ever-changing industry, I have fought for the often underrated sitcom to thrive – and that too has been a great privilege. I’m especially proud that CBS’s comedy list consistently ranked # 1 in the ratings on my watch, ”Pernworth wrote in his email. “This year alone we had the 7 best comedies and have two fantastic new shows ready for fall, to continue this run.”
In a separate email to staff, CBS Entertainment President Kelly Kahl and Senior Executive Vice President of Programming Thom Sherman highlighted some of Pernworth’s greatest accomplishments.
“We have known and worked with Julie for several years and wish to express our sincere appreciation for her wonderful contributions to the Network and for her friendship,” they wrote. “It’s never easy to watch a valuable colleague grow, but she has had an incredible career spanning over 20 years and leaves us with the most enviable comedy lineup on television and well positioned for the future.”
Prior to joining CBS, Pernworth was Casting Director and then Director, Prime Time Series, at NBC.
Here are the two internal notes:
To my friends and colleagues,
As they say in the comedy, timing is everything. After almost 21 years, I will be leaving CBS next week at the end of my contract.
The past year and a half, with all its challenges, has been a time of reflection for many of us. And for me, that has meant exploring new possibilities. I have had the most incredible experience working with dedicated and passionate teams, and truly the most talented creators, producers, actors and directors in television.
In our ever-changing industry, I have fought for the often underrated sitcom to thrive – and that too has been a great privilege. I’m especially proud that CBS’s comedy list has consistently ranked # 1 in ratings on my watch. This year alone we had the 7 best comedies and have two fantastic new shows ready for fall, to continue this run.
To everyone who’s been in the trenches with me – the late-night recordings, the last-minute rewrites, the cold (and sometimes delicious) craft services, the last-minute castings, the heated debates and negotiations – you know who you are – this creative collaboration has been the best part of this job. Please know that I cherish these moments and look forward to working together again.
I will be taking the summer and will share my plans later this year. I wish you all the best and will be rooting for your success.
Kahl and Sherman:
As you have just heard, Julie Pernworth has decided to leave the network and pursue the next chapter of her career. We have known and worked with Julie for several years and wish to express our sincere appreciation to her for her wonderful contribution to the Network and for her friendship. His passion and incredible talent for series development have been integral to the creation, launch and maintenance of many of our hit comedies, from Two and a half men, how I met your mother, and The Big Bang Theory, at The neighborhood and our other current successes, as well as its influence, will continue to live on with our new series for the 2021-22 season.
Watching a beloved coworker evolve is never easy, but she has had an incredible career spanning over 20 years and leaves us with the most enviable lineup of comedy on television and well positioned for the future.
Please join us in wishing him good luck and all the best.
Kelly and Thomas