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CBS Interactive Entertainment Head Anthony Soohoo Leaving

Just days after buying Clicker Media and naming its CEO, Jim Lanzone, president of CBS Interactive, succeeding Neil Ashe, the television network’s digital division must now replace its entertainment-division head, as Anthony Soohoo is leaving the company, AllThingsD reported.

Soohoo said in an email to staff that he was planning on leaving before Lanzone’s hire, according to AllThingsD, and CBS Interactive said it has no immediate plans to replace Soohoo.

Much like the Clicker Media transaction, Soohoo joined CBS Interactive in 2007 when it purchased Dotspotter.com, which he founded, AllThingsD reported.

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CBS Interactive Acquires Clicker Media, Along with a Successor to Neil Ashe: Jim Lanzone

CBS Interactive clicked on acquire and reached an agreement to buy Internet TV guide Clicker Media, also naming its co-founder and CEO, Jim Lanzone, president of CBS Interactive, overseeing all of its operations worldwide.

Clicker, a guide to legal broadcast programming on the Internet, launched in November 2009 and boasts more than 2.5 million monthly users, as well as proprietary recommendation engine Clicker Predict and integration with Facebook.

Lanzone succeeds Neil Ashe, who came on board as president of CBS Interactive under similar circumstances when it acquired CNET Networks in June 2008. Ashe announced in December that he would leave CBS Interactive when a successor was named.

Prior to Clicker, Lanzone was with Ask.com from 2001-08, ending up as its CEO.

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Neil Ashe Speaks About Leaving CBS Interactive

Neil Ashe, who is leaving his post as president of CBS Interactive, spoke with paidContent about what’s next both for him and his former company. Highlights:

I’ve intentionally kind of not focused on what’s going to be next.

The reality is that there are a lot of talented people at CBSi, and they’re still there.

I’m at the end of my original commitment to these guys, and I feel really good about where CBS Interactive is.

It’s always unfortunate when people lose their jobs, so I’m sensitive to that.

CBSNews.com is at an all-time high in traffic and revenue, and we’ve done groundbreaking partnerships with the rest of the properties.

If I could go back in time, what I would have done is founded Google or Facebook. The stock price bounced around. The performance of the properties did not.

CBS Interactive President Neil Ashe Out

As first reported by AllThingsD, CBS Interactive president Neil Ashe is leaving the company. A replacement has not yet been named, but sourced told AllThingsD CBS senior vice president of strategic development Zander Lurie will assume a larger role.

AdAge.com also mentioned entertainment division head Anthony Soohoo as a potential successor.

“Neil has helped make CBSi into the successful and profitable business it is today,” CBS said in a statement. “Looking out into 2011, we are working on a relaxed time frame to name a successor to his post, as he embarks on his next great thing.”

CHOW Talks Turkey with CHOW Thanksgiving Dinner Coach App

Stressing over how to prepare the Thanksgiving turkey? There’s an app for that: CHOW Thanksgiving Dinner Coach, from CBS Interactive’s CHOW, which is available for the iPhone and iPod Touch, free-of-charge.

CHOW Thanksgiving Dinner Coach offers step-by-step instructions for nine traditional Thanksgiving recipes, as well as a timeline for getting through Thanksgiving day, including all of the prep work and shopping, and a shopping list.

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CBS.com Reports Strong September

September was a strong month for CBS.com, as data from comScore Video Metrix showed that it was the No. 1 Web site among broadcast networks in terms of video viewers (24 million), video streams (264 million), and minutes streamed (1 billion), with streams up 93 percent versus September 2009 and minutes rising 88 percent.

CBS.com vice president Jeff Clark said:

The programs that make up CBS’ lineup this season have been phenomenally successful so far. Due to the high demand for these shows, we knew we needed to provide fans with the best content possible. We’re thrilled to see that fans of CBS’ shows have come back to CBS.com again and again to enrich and extend their viewing experience.