US: Viacom reorganizes team in advance of CBS merger

Viacom Chief Executive Bob Bakish is streamlining his team by identifying key executives who will oversee the various TV networks after Viacom’s upcoming merger with CBS. 

The Viacom-CBS marriage is expected to be complete by mid-December. Three veteran programming executives—Showtime’s David Nevins, Nickelodeon’s Brian Robbins and MTV’s Chris McCarthy—are getting increased turf as part of this month’s management overhaul of TV, film, and digital operations, according to the Wall Street Journal.

McCarthy will gain a much bigger portfolio, becoming president of entertainment and youth brands. The New York based executive already runs Viacom’s legacy channels, MTV and VH1, and Logo and CMT. He will pick up responsibility for four additional networks: Comedy Central, TV Land, Paramount Network, and the Smithsonian Channel, which currently is part of CBS.

Full Content: Wall Street Journal

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