LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Debra Wichser has been appointed Chief Financial Officer of TVGN, a CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS.A and CBS) and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) partnership. In her new role, effective immediately, she will oversee the cable network’s finance and accounting, financial planning and administration, human resources, engineering and operations, and facilities.
Most recently, Wichser served as Vice President, Corporate Development for CBS Corporation in New York. With her appointment at TVGN, she will relocate to the network’s headquarters in Los Angeles, reporting to David Wisnia, President of Business Operations, TVGN.
“Debra is a best-in-class media executive who brings 15 years of management and business strategy experience at leading entertainment corporations,” said Wisnia. “Her strong background in business and finance, coupled with her proven leadership abilities, will be a great addition to our senior management team here at TVGN.”
“I am incredibly excited for this new opportunity and challenge, as I see tremendous growth for TVGN as it continues to evolve,” said Wichser. “I look forward to leveraging my experience to help grow the business.”
During her recent tenure as Vice President, Corporate Development, CBS Corporation, Wichser evaluated investment opportunities, contracts and real estate transactions for the CBS’s cable networks, interactive and film divisions. She also led research and analysis for strategic initiatives, including acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures. Previously at CBS, Wichser served as Vice President, Investor Relations, and represented the Company through its split with Viacom, in addition to communicating corporate strategy and financials with analysts.
Prior to CBS, Wichser was Director, Investor Relations for Viacom. Earlier in her career, she worked as an associate at Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking division. She also held strategic analyst positions at 20th Century Fox and the Walt Disney Company.
Wichser earned her M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a B.A. from Stanford University.
TVGN (TV Guide Network) is a highly distributed entertainment network owned by CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS.A and CBS) and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF). The venture combines CBS’s programming, production and marketing assets with Lionsgate’s resources in motion pictures, television and digitally delivered content. Seen in more than 80 million homes, TVGN’s programming celebrates Hollywood with original series and specials. TVGN’s new ownership structure is comprised of the company with the #1 broadcast network and many of the top first-run syndication series (“Entertainment Tonight,” “The Insider”) and the studio that produces and distributes the blockbuster “Hunger Games,” “Twilight” and “Divergent” franchises and produces such award-winning TV series as “Mad Men” and “Orange is the New Black.”