Sharon Vuong has resigned from his role as an alternative programming SVP on CBS Entertainment after nine years with the American broadcaster as a whole.
Vuong (pictured) left the ViacomCBS company on Friday (April 10) after the expiration of his contract to take a “much needed” break to spend more time with his family.
“Even though it was a very difficult decision for me, I am happy to carve out the next chapter, and to enjoy a much needed break with my family,” Vuong said in his email to staff. “At the same time, it was inconceivable for me to know exactly how to say goodbye to what truly became my home away from home.”
His successor has not yet been named.
The executive was appointed as an alternative programming SVP in April 2017 after spending six years in the CBS alternative department, and being assigned to develop new alternative programs, including reality series, games and other non-script programming.
President of CBS Entertainment Kelly Kahl called Vuong an “invaluable member” of the network executive team assigned to oversee a series of CBS hit reality franchises, including Survivors, The Amazing Race and Older brother, while fighting for the development of buzzy last summer Love Island.
Vuong’s email to CBS staff is as follows:
As some of you might already know – tomorrow will be my last day on CBS. Even though it was a very difficult decision for me, I was happy to carve out the next chapter, and to enjoy a much needed break with my family. At the same time, it was inconceivable for me to know exactly how to say goodbye to what truly had become my home away from home.
First and foremost, I tip ALL very talented and extraordinary people who work at CBS and want to thank you for being my family for the past decade. I am honored to have worked alongside the best in the business and proud of all that we have achieved and survived together.
From the bottom of my heart, I must express how grateful I am to the Alternative Team for their dedication, infectious passion and hard work in pastoring our heritage franchise and launching a new series during our time together.. I could not have asked for a better partnership with a group of individuals – and I am proud to be the waiter of this fantastic team.
Finally, I want to thank Kelly, Thom and the wonderful senior leadership, both past and present, whose guidance, support, and guidance I will carry for the rest of my life.
I will always like CBS, but I am excited for the next chapter that is ahead. I left better than I arrived because of the trail you left me.
I truly hope this is not a goodbye, because I believe we will always be together in this matter wherever our journey takes us into the future.
Kelly Kahl’s email to CBS Staff is below:
Good afternoon everyone. Some news I want to convey – our extraordinary alternative head, Sharon Vuong, told Thom and I recently that he would leave when his contract expires this week. (If I use my iPhone, this is where I type sad face emojis.)
Sharonhad beenbeing an invaluable member of CBS Entertainment, leading an alternative team with creativity, energy and a talent-friendly collaborative style that is always highly valued by our producers.
He is the guardian and shepherd of our signature properties, including “Survivor,” “The Amazing Race” and “Big Brother.” He fought for the development of “Island of Love” last summer and is behind some exciting new shows that we hope will have for this summer, “Tough as Nails” and “Game On.”
Even though Sharon left, he did not retire; he takes a very decent rest to spend more time with his family. Even though it often sounds like a spin, in this case it’s really true. Sharon works around the clock – literally – to put out fires, guide producers, ensure episodes are delivered on timeprotect the health and well-being of the contestants at our event. I don’t know anyone who pours more sweat into their show than Sharon, and I don’t know anyone who is more concerned with their success.
Most importantly, Sharon likes to win … and he leaves CBS as the big winner in my book. He manifests his dedication and is the ultimate team player. We will miss him a lot. We thank him for his extraordinary work, and we wish him the best.