Noriko Kelley was promoted to Executive Vice President, Program Planning & Scheduling, CBS Entertainment, in June 2017, succeeding Kelly Kahl when he was named president of the division. She is the first-ever female head of scheduling for any broadcast television network.
In this position, which reports to Kahl, Kelley’s primary responsibility is overseeing the program planning and scheduling of all primetime programming for the CBS Television Network. She also supervises coordination between CBS programming divisions and the Network’s respective operations in sales, marketing, affiliate relations, news, sports and research, as well as with the CBS Television Stations Group.
Previously, Kelley was Senior Vice President, Program Planning & Scheduling since August 2012. Prior to that, she was Vice President, Program Planning & Scheduling since April 2010, playing a role in many of the Network’s successful scheduling moves. Previously, she served as a director in the department since May 2007. In that time, Kelley has also worked with The CW and will continue in that capacity.
Kelley moved into the scheduling department in 2003 as a coordinator, working with the department to schedule series, movies and specials for CBS and UPN. She was promoted to manager in February 2006. She began her career as an intern in the CBS research department in 2001, and in 2002 she was named a research analyst.
Kelley is a graduate of USC with a Bachelor of Arts in East Asian languages and cultures and also has an M.A. in communication management from USC’s Annenberg School of Communication. She serves on the board of the USC Annenberg School of Communication Alumni Advisory and is a member of the USC Trojan Women’s Network.