The following is an excerpt of from an article originally published by The Hollywood Reporter. The article highlights up-and-coming Hollywood executives under 35. Brianna Bennett is a 2004 graduate of Ohio University Film.

Brianna Bennett, 33, VP Drama Development, CBS Television Studios

Category: Television

When Bennett moved from her native Akron, Ohio, to Hollywood, she had a temp gig at the DGA and an apartment she’d found off Craigslist. Within a decade, the Ohio University grad had lined her résumé with a series of TV gigs (time at BWCS before its ICM merger, The CW and Fox) before landing at CBS TV Studios in summer 2014. In that time, the new mother (with husband Cole Maliska, a writer on Chicago P.D.) had worked on high-profile dramas including The Following, Sleepy Hollow and breakout Empire.

“That was the last thing I did before I came over to CBS,” she says of the latter. “I was so bummed because it didn’t premiere until midseason, so I missed all of the fun of seeing it [take off].” More recently, Bennett has been heavily involved in reimagining CBS’ Doubt, a legal drama with Katherine Heigl, and selling projects including the anticipated Nancy Drew reboot. 


TV SHOW I CAN'T MISS “Are You the One? My husband and I love trashy reality TV.”

MY QUIRKIEST HABIT “I make uptheme songs for all of our projects in development.

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