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.

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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abdougamer
abdougamer

They should hire Gamers , not a fµck!n nonGamers , they have nothin to do with video games industry , and specially there is a lots of studios have a nonGamers CEO's and directors . they should follow ''from Gamers to Gamers'' policy .

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

This hardly effects the fact i have plenty of games to play on my xbox both disk and xbla like some people seem to think it does

okassar
okassar

She doesn't seem like the videogame type. Out of touch.

EvilShabazz
EvilShabazz

The executive class only hires from the executive class.  The same suits (male and female) bounce around from post to post because, guess what - they all sit on the boards of each others companies and just hire each other.  Once you're in the executive class, you don't have to be good at what you do anymore.

Pyerun
Pyerun

The video game industry could really use more corporate muppets right now.

SeptuagintXXX
SeptuagintXXX

Yeah, because

1) CBS has a reputation for being so well run; and

2) middle age white women have their finger on the pulse of video games.

hadlee73
hadlee73

I just had to post something to justify wasting bandwidth loading up this article :P

Dark_Arcitekt
Dark_Arcitekt

More reason for me not to buy the next MS system. I have slowly lost interest in my 360 over the past year. Outside of a few games here and there, which I can also play on PS3. What reason do I have to fire up the Xbox? Sure i'll play Halo 4. Okay,  then what?

 

MSNBC news? Advertisements about Axe? It's ridiculous IMO. Sure, Comcast, Youtube, and Netflix is cool. But enough is enough. I bought it for gaming not to watch TV.

 

Besides... I already do all of that with my PC without worrying about it overheating, or any of the likes. I will be watching next gen very closely for GAMES, nothing else.

dRuGGeRnaUt
dRuGGeRnaUt

My only idea is that MS in fact does have some stellar new ips in the works, but is saving them solely for next gen. If thats the case, its annoying, but i would understand. Only time will tell.

dRuGGeRnaUt
dRuGGeRnaUt

Wow, another stellar move by MS... Seriously, they seem less interested in the gaming industry every, single, year. Eventually I see them just going Zynga style lol I haven't heard ONE excited GAME RELATED story about MS in... i don't know how long... It really doesnt seem like they will ever get any new exclusives... :S At least i have 24+ games in my xbox collection i have yet to finish... cause it looks like all that ill have to do with my Xbox.

RitsukoEX
RitsukoEX

I just want exclusives GAMES!!!! NOT MORE APPS! NOT MORE KINECT CRAP! NOT TIMED DLC! and most of all! NOT THIS BULLCRAP!!!! I WANT GAMES! Microsoft thinks. every gamer is a Ipad & Ipod user!!!

Trickymaster
Trickymaster

Oprah on Xbox confirmed. *men all over the world buy Xbox* Yes, men. Stop acting like women watch Oprah. Her primary audience are men. lol

Zonno
Zonno

Maaaaan. All those 'news items' about some awesome developerguy going from studio here to studio  there are getting a bit boring by now.

I really couldn't give more of a damn since it never has made a damn difference.

 

Eventually the discussion on the item is all about whether CBS is a good network or not.

SolidTy
SolidTy

CBS isn't the best network, but still could be something. CBS Television executive Nancy Tellem could just be looking to keep employed.

NTM23
NTM23

I only want the games, thanks. Well, actually, I take that back, if there's blu-ray, I'll probably watch movies on it as well, maybe, that's all.

fieryermine
fieryermine

Was CBS making good shows with this woman in charge. I know some folks that have developed for TV and I've heard a few horror stories about "Creative Execs" in general. Not to say anything bad about this woman in particular, but it seems likely that this move will just further feed Microsoft's generally bloated nature. 

sidzero
sidzero

Funny how people seem to think MS is abandoning gamers or whatever with this. The way I see it, they're just trying to reach a broader audience. It's not like there are going to be fewer games coming out because of this, or that they'll be of lower quality, or that adding extra awesome features to the Xbox is going to get in the way of our gaming. I know I for one don't spend ALL my free time gaming. It's like taking a pocket knife and turning it into a swiss army knife.

Sgthombre
Sgthombre

Because when you think Video Games, you think Only CBS. (Insert theme to CBS Evening News here.) 

BloodyAura
BloodyAura

They're headed in the wrong direction with this; thanks for abandoning us gamers,MS!

xlight63
xlight63

Those people usually doesn't care how and what is the Xbox means to gamers, the only thing they care is their 5 million $ houses and $200,000 Bentley. 

SingletreeAve
SingletreeAve

What is the benefit of using the Xbox for an all-in-one entertainment platform?  Other than is gives MS total control of content delivery.  I can't think of any digital content that isn't already easily available some other way.  With Microsoft's track record of putting their best interest over its customers, I think I'll pass on this one.

 

Prediction: Within months after it's release the new Xbox will "affectionately" become known as the Lockbox, as the result of consumer frustration with accessing digital content due to overly-restrictive and poorly implemented DRM.

Gravity_Slave
Gravity_Slave

Oh goodie...more "professional" people who have no idea of what it means to be a gamer...i'm sure her resume spoke volumes about her ability to relate with gamers...

PSP107
PSP107

I thought it was always Sony's vision to have the PS one stop destination for games movies, TV, music etc?

ElJefeDeMedios
ElJefeDeMedios

Their focus on entertainment vs gaming will drive me away from their next xbox.  I am sure lots of folks will love this - but I simply have not experienced ANY added value over what my current entertainment system brings me (and yes, my TV is internet capable and attached to my home LAN).  This is simply better done through other devises, with higher quality, and lower cost.

Daian
Daian

 @jtthegame316 The problem lies in the fact that few of them are actually exclusives. They're putting more effort in adding all kinds of unnecessary media options on it than focusing on making great games just for it.

sinn_exit
sinn_exit

 @Dark_Arcitekt Likewise the only console I am going back to now is the Wii, PC and I'm looking to buy the Wii U, and perhaps the PS4 (when it arrives)

sinn_exit
sinn_exit

 @RitsukoEX Remember the original Xbox .. Oh those were the hardcore gaming days

Lhomity
Lhomity

 @ElJefeDeMedios I think consoles need to be all-in-one loungeroom devices to continue thriving. Its long been a major contributing sales factor. Consider the PS2, and how that was a first DVD player for quite a lot of people. PS3 again, for Blu-Ray.

 

Whilst not many people would buy a PS3 or a 360 just to stream live sports for example, its definitely a pull factor that any console manufacturer would be insane to ignore in future. Nintendo have jumped on the bandwagon, and its a smart move. Too bad the Wii U won't have DVD playback, let alone Blu-Ray, but that's another story... Nintendo's logic is they figure people already have devices to support those formats***, but what has worked for Sony is: Who needs other devices when their game console does it?

 

*** Ref: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/gadgetreviews/nintendo-wii-u-no-dvd-or-blu-ray-player-no-problem/25581

surppo
surppo

 @ElJefeDeMedios i respectfully disagree, because of the added entertainment services all i have to pay for now is  internet. on the downside i dont get much gaming done anymore. i wish they would allow you to swap between games and shows on the fly or pic n pic so you could do both.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

 @Daian About 90 odd percent of what is released on both xbox and ps 3 are not exclusives.

y3ivan
y3ivan

 @Daian  @jtthegame316 x360 do have several exclusives that arent time exclusives typically more on XBLA than on $15 PSN titles. (new ips/sequels - not remakes or ports)

 

 Its MS that started shifting away from the regular retail games to budget titles and i wouldnt be surprise if the next console from MS will be another WII-U.

ElJefeDeMedios
ElJefeDeMedios

 @surppo

 I hear ya.  I have tried each of them out - I did not like the quality of the video picture. But yes - If I did not pay a horrible amount for cable already I would be less jaded.  I also can use all of the free services already through my TV - but in better quality.  Try running HULU on your PC through your TV ... let me know what you think of the difference in quality.  Still free, but IMHO - much better streaming quality.

ElJefeDeMedios
ElJefeDeMedios

 @shadow_MetroidSure!  I don't have any problem with it at all -  I am just saying that for me personally, when I look toward the nextgen systems - I would rather XBOX spend the computing resources into gaming experiences instead of non-gaming items, as I already have other systems which provide very high quality experiences because of their focus.