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Viacom names Levy global COO

Viacom’s worldwide entertainment arm has named Sarah Levy as its COO. Levy will oversee operations and strategy for Viacom Global Entertainment Group (VGEG)’s domestic cable channels and those networks that sit within the Viacom International Media Networks division. She has been promoted, having formerly been COO of Viacom Kids & Family Group, which was rebranded […]

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 […]

McCarthy replaces Atkins as MTV chief

Chris McCarthy has been installed as president of Viacom’s US cable network MTV, with incumbent Sean Atkins resigning after just over a year in the job. McCarthy’s star has been on the rise over the past 18 months, firstly being promoted to general manager of VH1 before becoming president of the channel and LGBT net […]

MTV reality chief exits

Long-serving MTV head of reality programming Lauren Dolgen is leaving the Viacom youth-skewed channel. Dolgen has worked at Viacom Media Networks and its predecessors for 19 years, most recently as head of reality programming and executive VP, series development. She was one of the execs from MTV’s earlier days who avoided the axe in the company-wide […]

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 […]

Levison is latest VH1 exit

Susan Levison is following Tom Calderone out of the door at music-focused US cable channel VH1. Chris McCarthy replaced former president Calderone earlier this year, and the management changes continue as executive VP, original programming and production Levison (pictured) exits after two years. McCarthy last month promoted Amy Doyle to become EVP of VH1 and […]

MTV poaches Discovery exec as Friedman exits

US cable channel MTV has a new president following the exit of previous incumbent Stephen Friedman, who is leaving the Viacom business after 18 years. MTV has drafted in Discovery Communications executive Sean Atkins to take on the post, as changes at Viacom’s domestic cable business continue following a major company-wide restructure. He will oversee […]

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 […]