CBS ALL ACCESS ANNOUNCES EXPANSION OF ORIGINAL CONTENT TEAM
Danny Feldheim and Jana Steele Helman Both Elevated to
Senior Vice President, Original Content for CBS All Access
Ashley Whitaker Joins Originals Team as Director Alongside Eric Pertilla
More than 12 Original Series Planned for 2020 Season
Nov. 21, 2019 - Today, CBS All Access announced the expansion of its Original Content team, led by Julie McNamara, Executive Vice President of Original Content. Danny Feldheim and Jana Steele Helman have both been upped to the roles of Senior Vice President of Original Content, and Ashley Whitaker joins the team as Director of Original Content, alongside Eric Pertilla, who joined CBS All Access in August 2018 as Director of Original Content.
"Together we've built an originals brand for CBS All Access that stands apart in the marketplace, and I look forward to continuing to work with this incredible team to grow the service and our originals slate even further," said Julie McNamara.
The CBS All Access Original Content team has spearheaded the development and launch of nine originals to date including STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, THE GOOD FIGHT, WHY WOMEN KILL, and THE TWILIGHT ZONE. CBS All Access' original slate continues to expand with plans to offer more than 14 original series in 2020. Upcoming projects include the service's first documentary film, CONSOLE WARS; the limited event series THE STAND; STAR TREK: PICARD; and true crime series INTERROGATION, among others.
Danny Feldheim was one of the first hires for the Original Content division at CBS All Access, when the service launched original series in 2016. Feldheim is responsible for shepherding such dramas as STAR TREK: PICARD, STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, THE GOOD FIGHT, THE STAND and INTERROGATION, as well as a new "Star Trek" animated series called STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS, and has led CBS All Access' push into comedy with NO ACTIVITY, from Funny or Die. He has also helped bring in the service's first documentary feature film, CONSOLE WARS. Before joining CBS All Access, Feldheim worked in drama programming at Fox, and prior to that, he worked at entertainment companies Nickelodeon, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and ICM.
Jana Steele Helman joined CBS All Access as Vice President, Original Content, in April 2019. Since joining the team, she has spearheaded development on several series, including WHY WOMEN KILL, THE TWILIGHT ZONE and TELL ME A STORY. Prior to CBS All Access, she served as Vice President of Programming and Development at Freeform. During her time there, Helman was a key contributor to the rebrand of the network from ABC Family and oversaw the development and production of such series as Marvel's "Cloak and Dagger" and "Grown-ish." Prior to joining Freeform in 2016, Helman was Director of Comedy Development at Warner Brothers Television, working on series including "Two Broke Girls," "Undateable," "Selfie," "One Big Happy" and the adaption of "Green Eggs and Ham." Before her time at WBTV, Jana started her career as an assistant in the TV and motion picture literary departments at Endeavor (now WME).
Eric Pertilla joined CBS All Access in August 2018 as Director, Original Content. Since joining the team, Pertilla has supported the development of CBS All Access series including THE GOOD FIGHT, WHY WOMEN KILL, THE TWILIGHT ZONE and STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, among others. Prior to joining CBS All Access, Pertilla worked as a motion picture literary agent at Paradigm Talent Agency and as a talent manager at Mosaic Media Group. Pertilla began his career at the Walt Disney Company.
CBS All Access also announced Ashley Whitaker has joined the Original Content team as Director. Prior to CBS All Access, Whitaker served as a creative executive at Harpo Films, where she worked in television and film development. In this role, she worked closely with OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, helping to develop scripted content for the network, including hit series "Greenleaf" and "Ambitions." Whitaker began her career as a production assistant for ABC Studios and as an assistant at CAA.
About CBS All Access:
CBS All Access is CBS' direct-to-consumer digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service. CBS All Access gives subscribers the ability to watch more than 12,000 episodes on demand - spanning exclusive original series, CBS Television Network's primetime, daytime and late night shows, plus classic TV hits - as well as the ability to stream local CBS stations live across the U.S. CBS All Access' original series include THE GOOD FIGHT, THE TWILIGHT ZONE, STRANGE ANGEL, TELL ME A STORY, NO ACTIVITY, and WHY WOMEN KILL, as well as the upcoming INTERROGATION, THE STAND, and THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH. CBS All Access is also the exclusive domestic home to STAR TREK: DISCOVERY and the upcoming STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS and STAR TREK: PICARD featuring Sir Patrick Stewart. CBS All Access also includes the ability to stream CBS Interactive's other live channels, CBSN for 24/7 news, CBS Sports HQ for sports news and analysis, and ET Live for entertainment coverage.
The service is currently available online at CBS.com, on mobile devices via the CBS app for iOS and Android, and on Roku Players, Apple TV, Chromecast, Android TV, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Fire TV, Samsung Smart TVs, Vizio Smartcast TVs, Amazon Prime Video Channels and Apple TV channels. Versions of CBS All Access have now launched internationally in Canada and Australia (10 All Access), with unique but similar content and pricing plans. For more details on CBS All Access, please visit https://www.cbs.com/all-access.