Anne Roberts Nelson, 64-Year CBS Veteran, Dies

Was most recently VP of business affairs for CBS Entertainment, left CBS in January 2009

CBS Business Affairs executive Anne Roberts Nelson, who at 64 years of service was CBS’ longest tenured employee, died Saturday at her home in Baldwin Hills, Calif.

Her career at CBS began with a two-week temp job in 1945. She held many positions at the network, most recently as VP of business affairs for CBS Entertainment. She left CBS in January 2009.

Nelson negotiated contracts for classic shows such as I Love Lucy, All in the Family, Gunsmoke, and many others. She forged relationships with many in the business including Norman Lear, Art Linkletter, and Ozzie and Harriet Nelson.

Anne Nelson

Nelson’s status as an industry icon has been recognized by CBS and outside organizations. In 2005, CBS dedicated an entire floor at Television City to her, dubbing it “The Anne Nelson Mezzanine.” In 2006, she was honored with the inaugural Pinnacle of Excellence Award for Business Leadership at the UC San Diego Rady School of Management.
Nelson’s husband, Harmon Oscar Nelson, Jr., was a band leader in the 1930s and ‘40s as well as an advertising executive. He died in 1975.

Nelson is survived by three children, four grandchildren, a younger sister, two sons-in-law, a stepgrandson, and a wider extended family.