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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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Tom Forman – why you need me if you want to crack the US

The meeting always goes the same way. On one side, you’ve got me and my development exec. On the other, a smart producer from Spain. Or Israel. Or Timbuktu. We’re knee-to-knee in the Majestic lobby. Or camped at a table at the Carlton. If it’s after lunch, we’ve ordered wine. If it’s earlier, we’re pretending […]

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 […]

MTV boss leaving to set up content firm

MTV president Van Toffler is leaving Viacom to set up a new content business, Below the Radar. Toffler (pictured), who is president MTV Networks Music & Logo Group, is a Viacom veteran, having been at the company for 28 years. Viacom offered Toffler a new deal but the executive said, in a memo to MTV […]

Viacom promotes Gorke for US distribution

Viacom has promoted Tom Gorke to a wider content distribution role in its domestic networks division. Gorke has been named executive VP, sales and business development, content distribution at Viacom Media Networks and BET Networks. This means he will oversee sales and new business efforts for all linear and digital partnerships across the BET, CMT, Comedy […]