NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CBS (NYSE: CBS.A, CBS) and Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA) today announced senior leadership appointments across ViacomCBS’ revenue lines. The appointments, effective upon closing of the deal to combine CBS and Viacom, will enable ViacomCBS to drive strong, multifaceted opportunities with distributors, advertisers and other partners.
“These appointments mark an important step in the integration of CBS and Viacom,” said Bob Bakish, President and Chief Executive Officer, Viacom, who will serve as President and Chief Executive Officer of ViacomCBS upon close. “The seasoned executives we announced today will capitalize on ViacomCBS’ must-watch programming, iconic library and franchises, as well as its global production capacity to drive important new distribution, content licensing and advertising opportunities all over the world.”
With 22% of television viewership in the U.S., the highest share of broadcast and cable viewing across all key audience demographics, and strength in every key category, including News, Sports, General Entertainment, Pop Culture, Comedy, Music and Kids, ViacomCBS will be a first-choice commercial partner. The combined company will have a portfolio of powerful consumer brands, including CBS, Showtime, Nickelodeon, MTV, BET, Comedy Central and Paramount Network, as well as one of the largest libraries of iconic intellectual property, spanning every key genre and addressing consumers of all ages and demographics.
Below are ViacomCBS’ leaders across revenue lines:
Jo Ann Ross, President and Chief Advertising Revenue Officer, CBS, will serve as President and Chief Advertising Revenue Officer, ViacomCBS Domestic Advertising Sales. Ross will direct all of ViacomCBS’ multiplatform media sales efforts, leading an integrated ad sales team that will drive revenue by connecting agency partners and advertisers with the company’s unmatched engagement, reach and innovative solutions.
- John Halley, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Ad Solutions, Viacom, will serve as Chief Operating Officer, Advertising Revenue, and Executive Vice President, Advanced Marketing Solutions, reporting to Ross. In this role, Halley will oversee commercial and business operations for the unified advertising team, as well as ViacomCBS’ portfolio of differentiated advanced advertising and marketing solutions across its linear, digital and social footprint.
- Ray Hopkins, President of Television Networks Distribution, CBS, will serve as President, U.S. Network Distribution, ViacomCBS, overseeing the combined company’s broadcast network affiliation distribution agreements, as well as domestic distribution of the company’s owned and operated television stations, channels and networks across all platforms. He will also drive ViacomCBS’ live linear content and on-demand digital distribution deals with third-party platforms.
Armando Nuñez, President and CEO, CBS Global Distribution Group, and Chief Content Licensing Officer, CBS, will serve as Chairman, Global Distribution and Chief Content Licensing Officer, ViacomCBS, overseeing all content licensing, including worldwide distribution and domestic syndication, for ViacomCBS-owned programming to third-party platforms.
- Dan Cohen, President of Worldwide Home Entertainment & Television Distribution, Paramount, will serve as President, Global Content Licensing, ViacomCBS, reporting to Nuñez.
- Pam Kaufman, President, Viacom/Nickelodeon Global Consumer Products, will serve as President, Global Consumer Products, ViacomCBS, and will be responsible for the combined company’s consumer products business, including global oversight of product and business development, licensing, merchandising, retail sales, consumer insights and marketing.
- David Lynn, President and CEO of Viacom International Media Networks, will oversee the combined company’s international media networks, including Network 10 in Australia.
The merger remains subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close by early December.
- Jo Ann Ross is the first woman to serve as sales chief of a broadcast network and the longest-running sales head in broadcast television. A 27-year veteran of CBS with 19 years as the company’s sales leader, Ross was promoted to President and Chief Advertising Revenue Officer, CBS Corporation in August 2017, overseeing the company’s multiplatform advertising sales effort. Ross previously served as President, Network, Sales, CBS Television Network, during which time she oversaw all sales for CBS Entertainment, Sports, Daytime, News and Late Night. Prior to joining CBS in 1992, she worked at ABC Network for three years. She has received numerous industry accolades, including the Gracies Leadership Award from the Alliance of Women in Media, the IRTS’ Hall of Mentorship Award and being enshrined in the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame in 2013. She has also been named to The Hollywood Reporter’s “100 Most Powerful Women in Entertainment,” “AdWeek 50,” and Multichannel News’ Wonder Women Class of 2019. A cancer survivor, Ross has been a longtime supporter of MSKCC’s annual Cycle for Survival. She also serves on the board of directors of the John A. Reisenbach Foundation, the Ad Council, the International Radio and Television Society, and FourBlock, an organization with a mission to ensure that all veterans have the resources they need to transition to life and a new career when returning back home.
- John Halley has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Ad Solutions, Viacom since 2013. In this role, Halley oversees the company's pricing, inventory, commercial operations, finance and business development functions for Viacom’s ad sales portfolio across all of its brands, including MTV, VH1, BET, Comedy Central, Paramount Network and Nickelodeon. As head of Viacom’s Advanced Marketing Solutions business, Halley steers Viacom’s advertising product suite and go-to-market strategy across its digital, social and advanced advertising offerings. He is the former Chairman of OpenAP and currently serves on the consortium’s Board of Directors.
- Ray Hopkins has served as President of Television Networks Distribution, CBS Corporation, since joining the company in June 2013, securing retransmission and affiliation agreements for CBS’ broadcast and cable networks, including the CBS Television Network, Showtime Networks, CBS Sports Network, Smithsonian Networks and Pop. He also has oversight of all distribution deals of the CBS Network to more than 40 affiliated television station groups throughout the country. An industry veteran, Hopkins has 30 years of experience, including nine years as Chief Operating Officer of YES Network (Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network), where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company’s affiliate sales, legal, finance, business development, new media, marketing, human resources and communications departments. Previously, Hopkins served in senior affiliate sales and marketing roles at Gemstar-TV Guide and FOX. Hopkins serves on the board of the cable industry’s T. Howard Foundation.
- Armando Nuñez has served as President and Chief Executive Officer, CBS Global Distribution Group, and Chief Content Licensing Officer, CBS Corporation, overseeing content licensing of CBS-owned programming to domestic and international distribution partners across all platforms. In this role, he has monetized original content that airs on the CBS Television Network, The CW, CBS All Access, SHOWTIME and non-CBS platforms, as well as a large television library. Nuñez also oversees CBS Television Distribution, which produces and distributes industry-leading franchises, such as “Entertainment Tonight,” “Judge Judy” and “Wheel of Fortune.” He played a key role in CBS’s acquisition and management of Network 10 in Australia and CBS channel ventures in the UK and EMEA. Nunez joined CBS to run the Company’s international business in 1999 and has held senior leadership positions in international media for more than 25 years. Nuñez has been recognized as a major television influencer on lists by The Hollywood Reporter, Hispanic Magazine and Variety. Recently, he was honored with Variety’s International Achievement in TV Award and was inducted into the 2019 class of the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. Nuñez is a member of the board and co-chair of the global committee of NATPE International, as well a member of the board and executive committee of the International Council of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS).
- Dan Cohen has served as President of Worldwide Home Entertainment and Television Distribution at Paramount Pictures since February 2019. Prior to this role, Cohen served as Paramount’s President of Worldwide Television Licensing. Before joining Paramount in 2017, he spent more than 20 years at Disney-ABC, where he most recently served as Executive Vice President of Pay Television & Digital for Disney-ABC Worldwide Home Entertainment and Television Distribution. There, he licensed films and series, including across digital platforms, on behalf of Walt Disney Studios, ABC Studios and Disney Channel.
- Pam Kaufman has served as the President of Viacom/Nickelodeon Global Consumer Products since May 2018, overseeing the consumer products business across Viacom Media Networks and Paramount Pictures. In this role, Kaufman leads worldwide licensing and merchandising and provides strategic focus on maximizing Viacom’s portfolio of brands and iconic franchise properties. Before her appointment, Kaufman spent more than 20 years at Nickelodeon, most recently as President of Consumer Products and Chief Marketing Officer. Kaufman has received numerous industry awards including Advertising Age’s Entertainment Marketer of the Year, Brandweek’s Grand Marketer of the Year, License Global’s list of Influentials, and Multichannel News’ roster of Wonder Women.
- David Lynn has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Viacom International Media Networks since 2017, overseeing all of Viacom’s media networks and related businesses outside the U.S. Previously, he was President of VIMN UK, Northern and Eastern Europe, during which time he helped lead the acquisition of Channel 5 Broadcasting in 2014. He assumed this position after serving as Executive Vice President, Managing Director of the group. Before that, Lynn was responsible for Viacom’s distribution strategy outside the U.S., overseeing deals with key international affiliates and securing distribution for Viacom content on video-on-demand platforms. Lynn joined Viacom in 1999 and has held a range of positions across the company’s brands.
CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS.A and CBS) is a mass media company that creates and distributes industry-leading content across a variety of platforms to audiences around the world. The Company has businesses with origins that date back to the dawn of the broadcasting age as well as new ventures that operate on the leading edge of media. CBS owns the most-watched television network in the U.S. and one of the world’s largest libraries of entertainment content, making its brand –"the Eye” – one of the most-recognized in business. The Company’s operations span virtually every field of media and entertainment, including cable, publishing, local TV, film and interactive. CBS’ businesses include CBS Television Network, The CW (a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment), Network 10 Australia, CBS Television Studios, CBS Global Distribution Group, CBS Consumer Products, CBS Home Entertainment, CBS Interactive, CBS All Access, the Company’s direct-to-consumer digital streaming subscription service, CBS Sports Network, CBS Films, Showtime Networks, Pop, Smithsonian Networks, Simon & Schuster, CBS Television Stations and CBS Experiences. For more information, go to http://www.cbscorporation.com.
Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA) creates entertainment experiences that drive conversation and culture around the world. Through television, film, digital media, live events, merchandise and solutions, its brands connect with diverse, young and young at heart audiences in more than 180 countries.
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