Senior Executive Vice President, Programming, CBS Entertainment

November 2019

Thom Sherman is Senior Executive Vice President, Programming, CBS Entertainment. In this position, which reports to Kelly Kahl, President, CBS Entertainment, Sherman oversees creative affairs for entertainment programming in all dayparts and genres including comedy, drama, alternative, daytime, late night and specials.

Since joining CBS in 2017, Sherman has helped oversee the development, launch and success of such shows as YOUNG SHELDON, SEAL TEAM, S.W.A.T., FBI, GOD FRIENDED ME, THE NEIGHBORHOOD and MAGNUM P.I. He also oversaw the development of freshman series BOB ABISHOLA, ALL RISE, THE UNICORN, CAROL’S SECOND ACT and EVIL. Sherman also helps supervise Emmy-nominated late night series THE LATE SHOW with STEPHEN COLBERT and THE LATE LATE SHOW with JAMES CORDEN.

From 2006 to 2017, Sherman was Executive Vice President, The CW Television Network, where he was responsible for development and oversight of its entire slate of primetime programming. Sherman developed and supervised smash-hit series THE FLASH and RIVERDALE as well as Golden Globes-winning comedies “Jane the Virgin” and “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” Additionally, Sherman developed and supervised buzz-worthy scripted hits ARROW, “The Vampire Diaries” and “Gossip Girl.” On the unscripted side, Sherman developed and oversaw The CW’s versions of hit improv comedy WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? and hit magic series PENN & TELLER: FOOL US.

From 2004 to 2006, Sherman was President of Bad Robot Productions, which he co-founded with J.J. Abrams. Sherman was in charge of all television content and developed and executive produced several pilots and series, including “What About Brian” and “Six Degrees.” He also helped oversee the first two seasons of Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning series “Lost” and the last two seasons of cult favorite “Alias.”

From 1996 to 2004, Sherman worked in Drama Series Development at the ABC Television Network, the last five years of which he was department head with the title Senior Vice President. While at ABC, he was responsible for development and/or oversight of over three dozen primetime dramas, including critically acclaimed, award-winning series such as “Lost,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Alias,” “NYPD Blue,” “The Practice” and “Once & Again.”

Sherman was born in Chicago and raised in Del Mar, Calif. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater from the University of California at San Diego.