Microsoft hires former CBS TV exec

Company brings on Nancy Tellem to develop "interactive and linear content for Xbox" at new production studio in LA to help make platform an all-in-one destination for entertainment.

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Microsoft has hired CBS Television executive Nancy Tellem to join as president of the company's Entertainment and Digital Media division. The former president of GameSpot's parent company CBS Network Television will join the Redmond, Washington company to develop "interactive and linear content for Xbox and other devices" at a new production studio in Los Angeles.

Tellem has moved from C.S.I to Halo.

On top of managing the new production studio, Tellem will lead Microsoft's push to make the Xbox platform an all-in-one destination for entertainment. She and her team will create "unique, compelling storytelling experiences" for Xbox. None of these were named.

Tellem has been an executive at CBS since 1997, and recently worked as senior adviser to company CEO Leslie Moonves. At her post at CBS, Tellem oversaw programming, development, production, business affairs, and operations related to the network's range of content.

Tellem will report to Microsoft Studios president Phil Spencer.

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