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Viacom’s CMT, TV Land move to GEG

Media conglomerate Viacom has moved sister channels CMT and TV Land to its Global Entertainment Group, where they and Spike will be consolidated under the leadership of Spike president Kevin Kay. “Consolidating ...
February 1, 2017

Media conglomerate Viacom has moved sister channels CMT and TV Land to its Global Entertainment Group, where they and Spike will be consolidated under the leadership of Spike president Kevin Kay.

“Consolidating all three under Kevin’s leadership will strengthen these brands even further and will allow GEG to connect more deeply with our adult audience — which is well over 180 million viewers across Viacom brands globally,” said Viacom CEO Bob Bakish (pictured) in a memo to his staff.

During Kay’s tenure at Spike, the network has grown to become a premium entertainment destination for a gender-balanced audience. He is responsible for some of Viacom’s biggest hits including Emmy-nominated Lip Sync Battle, Ink Master, and Bar Rescue, which rank among the highest-rated cable series in their respective timeslots. Kay was also responsible for the acquisition of live sports property Bellator MMA, which is seen in over 140 countries.

Further information regarding TV Land and CMT’s transition under Kay’s remit will be announced in the near future.

About The Author
Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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