Interview: Quincy Smith, President, CBS Interactive

imageQuincy Smith is the digital man of the hour at CBS, the president of newly created company-wide CBS Interactive tasked with ensuring that CBS makes the most of its digital potential — and that CEO Leslie Moonves doesn’t follow Tom Freston out the door. Our extended conversation early today (just after the official announcement of his joining CBS) featured a man full of ideas and details but wary of sounding too glib or all-knowing, especially in what he called “hour two.” He mentioned every major CBS exec and gave full credit to Larry Kramer, outgoing president of CBS Digital. Why CBS? In large part, says Smith, because CSTV co-founder Brian Bedol is there. Smith’s most recent employer, Allen & Co., had an investment in CSTV and a seat on the board. He sees it as a sign of an open attitude that a serial entrepreneur like Bedol still wants to work within the company. “The fact that he