Top US cable entertainment channel rankings unveiled

USA Network, home of The Sinner and Banijay’s forthcoming Temptation Island reboot, was the most watched ad-supported cable entertainment channel Stateside in 2018. The network marks its 13th year at the top of Nielsen’s annual rankings for cable entertainment channels in non-news and non-sports categories. It garnered an average of 1.48m across total viewers and […]

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 […]

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. […]

E!’s programming chief Olde exits

Jeff Olde is leaving NBCUniversal (NBCU)’s US cable channel E!. No replacement has been named for Olde, who was executive VP of programming and development. In that post, he had worked up series such as scripted shows The Arrangement and The Royals, and unscripted programmes including Hollywood Medium, WAGS, Mob Wives and Botched. Olde’s departure […]

Ex-VH1 boss leaves Spotify video chief post

Spotify’s head of video content, Tom Calderone, has reportedly left the company in an apparent winding down of its video content efforts. Bloomberg, which first reported news of the departure, said Spotify will “narrow its video ambitions” and instead focus on expanding video offerings on popular Spotify playlists like Rap Caviar and Rock This. Digital […]

Ex-VH1 exec takes CBS alternative spot

Former VH1 reality chief Susan Levison has joined US broadcaster CBS in a senior alternative programming post. She has been named senior VP, alternative programming at the Eye Network’s CBS Television Studios. She’ll work with and report to CBS TV Studios senior executive VP, alternative programming Ghen Maynard to create and develop unscripted programming for […]

Revamped VH1 unveils new slate

VH1 has unveiled its first slate since Bob Bakish took over parent company Viacom, ushering in management changes at the US cable net. Shed has one of the five new series and another Warner Bros. prodco, Renegade, another. Shed’s Baller Wives (WT) will follow pro athletes and their wives in Miami. The prodco already makes […]

Viacom rejig continues as MTV’s Lehrer exits

MTV’s head of development, Eli Lehrer, is leaving the young adult-focused cable channel, as Bob Bakish’s reworking on Viacom’s management continues. VH1 development chief Lily Neumeyer has added MTV to his duties following executive VP Lehrer’s exit, which comes just three months after he was promoted. Neumeyer will now oversee MTV along with Nina Diaz, […]

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 […]

E4 to remake VH1 confessions format

UK digital channel E4 has commissioned a British version of Walk of Shame Shuttle. E4 has ordered a TX pilot of the format, which comes from Brian Graden Media and was first for US cable channel VH1. The show sees party animals given a taxi ride home in exchange for details of their wildest nights […]

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