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Sarah Levy upped at Viacom

Viacom has tapped long-time executive Sarah Levy to the newly created role of chief operating officer of its Global Entertainment Group, effective immediately. Formerly serving as COO of the Viacom Kids ...
January 6, 2017

Viacom has tapped long-time executive Sarah Levy to the newly created role of chief operating officer of its Global Entertainment Group, effective immediately.

Formerly serving as COO of the Viacom Kids & Family Group, Levy (pictured) will look to increase operations and strategy across Viacom’s stable of media networks, including MTV, VH1, Spike, Logo, Comedy Central, CMT, TV Land and Viacom International Media Networks.

Across the group, Levy will be tasked with supervising production management and operations, digital, strategy and business development, research, and content and programming enterprises. She reports directly into Viacom president and CEO Bob Bakish.

During her 18-year tenure at Viacom, Levy has managed various businesses and departments, from consumer products to TV networks, and has previously held the title of COO of Nickelodeon. At Nick, she led the network’s expansion into new business, developing key strategic partnerships in consumer products and recreation.

Levy began her career with Nickelodeon in 1998 as director of business development.

“Viacom is committed to making the changes necessary to enhance performance, and we are deeply focused on increasing coordination and collaboration across our individual brands. Aligning these network operations under Sarah represents an important step forward to becoming a stronger and more integrated organization,” said Bakish in a statement. “In Sarah’s nearly 20 years at Viacom, she has established a strong track record of success, and has been a key leader at Nickelodeon, helping to drive the network’s long-range strategy and the continued dominance of the brand across every screen and revenue stream.”

In December, the American media conglomerate announced that president Doug Herzog was slated to depart from his role after a 25-year tenure on Jan. 12. The company has yet to name a replacement.

There have also been a number of staffing shake-ups at Viacom’s millennial-skewing music network MTV, including the October departure of Sean Atkins as president, and subsequent hiring of Chris McCarthy. Former executive VP of original programming Michael Klein also left MTV in November.

In another shift, MTV announced the consolidation of their unscripted team with sister network VH1, after appointing Nina L. Diaz  as head of unscripted at both networks in late November.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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