David Bernath

Viacom rebuild continues with new appointments

Bob Bakish’s restructuring of US media giant Viacom has continued with appointment of a music programming chief, general managers for Comedy Central and TV Land, and an original series producer at VH1. Bakish has been marking his stamp on the troubled company since becoming president and CEO, focusing efforts around core brands, and building bridges […]

Comedy Central boss exits amid falling ratings

Comedy Central president Michele Ganeless has been replaced after a period of ratings decline at the US channel. Ganeless (pictured) will step down at the end of the month with president of original programming Kent Alterman moving into her role. She has been president for 12 years and with Viacom for 25, and will remain […]

Viacom forms domestic acquisitions division

US media giant Viacom has formed a new programme acquisitions unit to coordinate its domestic buying strategy. David Bernath and Barbara Zaneri will lead Viacom’s Program Acquisitions Group, which will acquire programming for domestic US channels such as BET, Centric, MTV, VH1, CMT, Comedy Central, Spike TV, TV Land, Nickelodeon and Nick at Nite. Bernath […]

Comedy Central chops digital division

Viacom-owned Comedy Central has closed its digital department in favour of a centralised structure co-lead by programming chief David Bernath. The network said it was taking the move because “fans don’t use the word ‘digital’ to talk about content”. This comes after Kent Alterman was promoted to president, content development and original programming for Comedy […]