CBS and Viacom have revealed key senior leadership appointments to take effect once the deal closes in December to unite the National Amusements-owned media giants.
Among the moves, Ray Hopkins (pictured right), president of television networks distribution at CBS, will serve as president of U.S. network distribution at the combined company, ViacomCBS.
Hopkins will oversee broadcast network affiliation distribution agreements, as well as domestic distribution of the company’s owned and operated television stations, channels and networks across all platforms. He is also tasked to drive live linear content and on-demand digital distribution deals with third-party platforms.
Armando Nuñez (left), president and CEO of CBS Global Distribution Group and chief content licensing officer at CBS, will take on the role of chairman of global distribution and chief content licensing officer at ViacomCBS.
Nuñez will oversee all content licensing, including worldwide distribution and domestic syndication for ViacomCBS-owned programming to third-party platforms.
Dan Cohen, president of worldwide home entertainment and television distribution at Paramount, has been appointed president of global content licensing at ViacomCBS, reporting to Nuñez.
Viacom International Media Networks President and CEO David Lynn will oversee the combined company’s international media networks, including Network 10 in Australia.
Bakish, currently president and CEO of Viacom, will helm ViacomCBS as president and CEO. Ianniello’s contract as CBS chairman and CEO runs 15 months from the merger’s closing.
“These appointments mark an important step in the integration of CBS and Viacom,” Bakish said in a statement. “The seasoned executives we announced today will capitalize on ViacomCBS’s must-watch programming, iconic library and franchises, as well as its global production capacity to drive important new distribution, content licensing and advertising opportunities all over the world.”