David Lynn


Viacom’s James Currell exits after 18 years

Long-time Viacom exec James Currell is departing the business. Currell – who most recently served as president of the UK, Northern and Eastern Europe – has left the business with immediate effect. David Lynn, CEO of Viacom International Media Network (VIMN), is to oversee interim operations until the post is replaced. Currell first joined Viacom […]

TV18 takes control of Viacom JV

India’s TV18 Broadcast has become the controlling shareholder in the channels business it operates with Viacom. Network18 Media-owned TV18 has added 1% of Viacom’s shares in Viacom18 to become the 51% majority owner for US$20 million, meaning it takes operational and strategic control. A further element to the agreement means Viacom will continue to supply […]

Viacom int’l COO switch with Tolosa transforming

Viacom International Media Networks has named a new COO, as current incumbent Jose Tolosa moves to a new role oversee company-wide transformation. Long-serving exec Melody Tan (pictured) has been promoted to the number two post at the international arm of US media giant Viacom. She will report to president and CEO David Lynn, who moved […]

Viacom buys Italian net, half of DeA’s Super!

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has acquired an Italian digital free-to-air frequency in order to launch Spike locally, and a 50% stake in kids channel Super!. One agreement, with Scripps Networks Interactive, will see Viacom acquiring the LCN 49 network ahead of launching male-skewed Spike in Italy by the end of October. The other deal […]

Viacom names int’l Paramount, BET bosses

Jill Offman and Alex Okosi have again risen at Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN). Comedy Central International head and Comedy Central and MTV UK managing director Offman has been handed oversight of The Paramount Channel, and VIMN Africa executive VP and MD Okosi takes on BET International. This comes after Michael D. Armstrong, who ran […]

Viacom’s Armstrong to oversee int’l sales

Viacom International Media Networks has handed oversight on international programme and affiliate sales to BET and Spike’s non-US chief, Michael D. Armstrong. He will remain in command of the development of the BET, Spike and Paramount Channels internationally in his new post as executive VP and general manager, revenue and emerging brands for Viacom’s international […]

NATPE: Bakish outlines Viacom turnaround plan

New Viacom CEO Bob Bakish has begun to flesh out a plan to turn the US-based media giant around after a tumultous period for the business, he revealed here at NATPE Miami yesterday. Bakish (pictured) said he is working up a plan to “put the magic” back into the company, and speaking to TBI after […]

Viacom names Lynn replacement in UK, CEE

Viacom has named James Currell as executive VP and managing director for the UK, northern Europe and eastern Europe, following David Lynn’s appointment as president and CEO of Viacom Media Networks International. Channel 5 chief operating officer Paul Dunthorne has, meanwhile, been promoted to take on Currell’s old job of COO at VIMN for northern […]

Viacom buys into Israeli pay TV operator

Viacom International Media Networks has acquired a minority stake in Israeli pay TV channel provider and content producer Ananey Communications Group. VIMN also has an option to acquire a controlling stake in Ananey in the future. VIMN’s senior vice president, general manager for central and eastern Europe and Israel, Bartosz Witak, has joined the board […]

Viacom UK boss named new int’l chief

Viacom’s long-serving UK chief, David Lynn, has been named CEO of Viacom International Media Networks. He will replace Bob Bakish, who became president and chief executive of the entire Viacom media empire in November. Lynn was most recently VIMN’s president of UK and northern and eastern Europe, a role that covers more than 30 territories. […]

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