Viacom is centralising development at its US cable channel CMT under Paramount Network’s Keith Cox, with Jayson Dinsmore exiting as a result.
Dinsmore (pictured) will leave his post as executive VP of development as Cox consolidates his position as Paramount Net, CMT and TV Land president Kevin Kay’s president of development.
In a seven-year spell at CMT, Dinsmore is credited with reviving country music drama Nashville and upping original quotas. He has joined from NBC
Kay has been overseeing the rebranding of male-skewed Spike into general entertainment channel Paramount Network since Viacom president and CEO Bob Bakish unveiled a new strategy in February.
He was handed control of country music-focused CMT and TV Land as they consolidated into the Viacom Global Entertainment Group, which also comprises Comedy Central, MTV, MTV 2, VH1, Logo and Viacom International Media Networks.