Cyma Zarghami


Nick Group’s Zarghami steps down after 30-year tenure

Cyma Zarghami is stepping down as president of Nickelodeon Group after more than thirty years in the network. While Viacom conducts a “comprehensive” search for a successor to lead the children’s network, Sarah Levy, chief operating officer of Viacom Media Networks, will lead the brand on an interim basis. During the transition, Levy will work […]

Nickelodeon pledges 20% increase in new programming

Nickelodeon is amping up its content pipeline by 20% as it heads into the 2018-2019 season. The network is set to bring in more than 800 new episodes of new and returning series, including a reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and a remake of the preschool entertainment landmark, Blue’s Clues. Nick is also looking […]

Keith Dawkins exits Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon veteran and TeenNick and Nicktoons executive VP Keith Dawkins is set to depart the company this week. Dawkins has accepted a job as CEO at The First Tee, a non-profit youth development organisation founded by the US Professional Golf Association (PGA). Laura Lundgren, NickSplat and Nick Sports’ senior VP, will temporarily fill Dawkins’ role. […]

Nick preparing for junior Lip Sync Battle

Nickelodeon is taking the kids to the Lip Sync Battle arena with a spin-off of the popular Spike format. Lip Sync Battle Shorties is a half-hour, ten-part series, and will go into production later this, the Viacom network revealed at its latest upfront presentation in New York City. This comes after an hour-long special of […]

Viacom moves CMT, TV Land in ents rejig

Viacom CEO Bob Bakish has delivered on his promise to move the CMT and TV Land channels from their home within the kids and family unit to the entertainment division. Both networks are now part of Viacom Global Entertainment Group, with their managers now reporting to Spike president Kevin Kay. Bakish drew up the plan […]

Viacom merging US and int’l under Bakish

Viacom’s international and US channel groups are merging into a new unit that Bob Bakish will lead as interim company president and CEO. Viacom International Media Networks and domestic networks arm Viacom Music and Entertainment Group are coming together as Viacom Global Entertainment Group (VGEG). Furthermore, the Viacom Kids and Family Group, which Cyma Zarghami […]

Nick president Hicks steps down

Nickelodeon president Russell Hicks has resigned from his post after 18 years with the Viacom-owned kids channel. Hicks, formerly Nick’s marketing chief, was upped to president, content development and production at the Nickelodeon Group in 2012. According to various US reports, he has resigned after a four-month medical break, and Nick has no immediate plans […]

VH1 chief exits as McCarthy steps up

Viacom’s VH1 has a new boss in the shape of Chris McCarthy after president Tom Calderone stepped down. McCarthy moves up after overseeing a successful ratings revamp of the MTV2 and Logo channels in the US, and in the new post will report to Viacom Music and Entertainment Group president Doug Herzog. At male-skewed MTV2, […]

Viacom retools channels under Zarghami, Herzog

Viacom has promoted Cyma Zarghami and Doug Herzog to run its channel operations, which will now be split into two groups under a new restructuring. Both are Viacom veterans, and have now divided up channels Van Toffler previously oversaw before the announcement of his departure earlier this week. Toffler officially exits in April after helping […]

Nick unveils toons, live-action for new season line-up

Network to launch three new animated series, three live-actioners, four preschoolers My Nick Jr. app to launch in spring Welcome to the Wayne launching on upcoming Nick Jr. App Six toons, three live-action series returning Nickelodeon has unveiled its 2014-15 programming line-up, with greenlights for a trio of animated toons and new live-action shows. The […]