Viacom has shuffled its senior management team following the exit of Jayson Dinsmore from cable channel CMT.
Yesterday afternoon (Sept. 12), the company announced that Jayson Dinsmore, who had been with CMT since 2011, is stepping down from his role as EVP development and programming.
Frank Tanki, general manager of CMT TV and TV Land, noted that Dinsmore’s departure was one of the steps being taken to centralize the development teams for Paramount, CMT and TV Land. Keith Cox, who was elevated to president, development and production for Spike TV (soon to be rebranded as Paramount Network) and TV Land in February, will add CMT to his remit.
“A Kentucky native, [Keith is] returning to his roots as he immerses himself in the brand with the goal of building upon our success to further capitalize on the new and growing fan-base we cultivated this year,” said Tanki, in an internal memo to staff. “We’re actively fast-tracking several projects and will announce new programming in the coming months.”
Tanki noted that Viacom’s goal is to position Paramount, CMT and TV Land as a preeminent destination for adult viewers.
On the heels of this announcement, Viacom noted several other changes being made in an effort to streamline operations.
“To succeed, we will need to create a unified voice while also maintaining each brand’s unique personality and attributes,” he wrote. “By streamlining these development teams, we’ll be able to explore multi-brand talent development and first-look deals, while creating one focal point for the creative community.”
Tom Zappa, Spike’s EVP programming, is stepping down, while several execs were tapped for new and expanded roles across Paramount Network and TV Land.
Karen Cummins will serve as SVP, marketing partnerships, Paramount Network and TV Land and will continue to oversee off-channel marketing for originals series at TV Land. She will report to Niels Schuurmans, CMO for Paramount Network, TV Land and CMT with a dotted line to Tanki.
Scott Gregory has been appointed to the newly created role of SVP, programming, media planning & acquisitions, Paramount Network & TV Land. He will be responsible for managing content and scheduling across all platforms for both brands, reporting into Kay with a dotted line to Tanki.
Deva Newman will serve as SVP, creative for Paramount Network with a focus on scripted reporting into Terry Minogue, and SVP, Creative Director for TV Land, with a dotted line to Tanki.