American telecom giant Verizon Communications has appointed former CBS executive Chris Castallo as head of development for mobile-first streamer go90.
In the new role, Castallo will oversee the digital platform’s development slate of 1,400 hours of original content and exclusive shows related to the 25,000 hours of live sports and television. He will report directly into go90′s chief content officer Ivana Kirkbride.
Castallo’s hire comes at a time when go90 is receiving real momentum for its premium mid form content, including the Emmy-nominated series Tales of Titans and TweenFest from Funny or Die, as well as the Banff Award-winner Young Guns from Rated Red.
In April, Castallo announced that he would be stepping down from his role as head of alternative programming at CBS following a decade-long run at the American broadcast net when his contract expires in September.
Castallo joined CBS in 2007 as senior VP of alternative programming before rising through the ranks to executive VP of alternative programming in August 2013. During his career at CBS, Castallo helped sustain the network’s long-running slate of reality franchises, including Undercover Boss, Survivor, The Amazing Race and Big Brotherr.
Prior to joining CBS, Castallo was senior VP of development at U.S. broadcaster NBC, where he oversaw development and production of primetime drama series, including Heroes, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and Kidnapped. Before this, Castallo served as senior VP at Tollin/Robbins Productions, and was involved in the development and production of Smallville and One Tree Hill.