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Viacom’s Paramount Network takes brunt of 20-person layoff, alt department impacted

Global media conglomerate Viacom Media Networks has laid off approximately 20 staffers across its entertainment group, with the majority coming at Paramount Network. Viacom declined to comment, but a source with ...
January 17, 2019

Global media conglomerate Viacom Media Networks has laid off approximately 20 staffers across its entertainment group, with the majority coming at Paramount Network.

Viacom declined to comment, but a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed to realscreen that Chachi Senior, SVP of alternative series and development (pictured, above), is among those impacted by the company’s internal restructuring. In terms of what executives remaining at the network will now oversee that area, it is unclear at present.

Tori Socha, VP of original series, was not impacted by these changes and remains with Paramount Network, realscreen understands.

The restructuring is said to represent less than 2% of the entertainment group’s personnel, which comprises Comedy Central, Paramount Network and TV Land.

The latest cuts at Viacom come following a reorganization of the broadcaster’s entertainment group in October. At that time, Viacom consolidated its structure to bring together Comedy Central, Paramount Network and TV Land under entertainment group president Kent Alterman.

The move came just months after Viacom slashed half of the staff at its teen-focused digital-first media company AwesomenessTV, which saw cuts to 98 jobs from its Santa Monica offices.

Variety first reported the latest round of layoffs.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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