Allison Brightman has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Business Affairs and Operations as of January 2020, reporting to Deborah Barak, President, Business Operations for CBS Entertainment, CBS Television Studios and CBS News, and David Stapf, President, CBS Television Studios.
Ms. Brightman, who has been with CBS for almost a decade and a half in increasingly senior business affairs roles, leads a business affairs department that supports an industry-leading studio that is currently producing more than 75 series across 15 platforms. In her position, Ms. Brightman will be responsible for overseeing all “above-the-line” deals for the Studio’s development and production of scripted series, including series for the CBS Television Network such as the NCIS franchise, BLUE BLOODS, HAWAII FIVE-0, EVIL and THE UNICORN; CBS All Access programming such as THE GOOD FIGHT, THE STAND and THE TWILIGHT ZONE; as well as The CW’s series, including NANCY DREW, DYNASTY and WALKER, the upcoming remake of “Walker, Texas Ranger.” She will continue to negotiate licensing deals on behalf of the studio with myriad platforms, including Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Peacock, HBO Max, TNT, TBS, USA and SyFy. Ms. Brightman will also oversee the Studio’s many overall term deals with writers, producers and directors.
Ms. Brightman joined the Studio in June 2006 as Vice President, Business Affairs and was promoted to Senior Vice President in 2012. In 2017 she added business affairs responsibilities for the company’s streaming service CBS All Access to her portfolio. Prior to joining CBS, she worked as senior legal counsel at HBO since 1998.
Ms. Brightman earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Berkeley and her law degree from the USC Gould School of Law. She served as president of the board of directors of Disability Rights California for over eight years and continues to actively advocate on behalf of people with disabilities.