Multinational mass media conglomerate ViacomCBS has restructured oversight of Pop TV by shifting management of the cable channel from the Showtime group to ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks.
Pop TV will now move under the control of Chris McCarthy (pictured), president of entertainment and youth brands at the domestic media group. In November, the executive added Comedy Central, Paramount Network, Smithsonian Channel and TV Land brands, as well as the units’ respective content studios, to his portfolio. McCarthy also oversees MTV, VH1, CMT and Logo.
Brad Schwartz, meanwhile, will remain on board as Pop TV president.
The news was first reported by Variety.
The announcement comes one day after reports surfaced that ViacomCBS was in “advanced talks” with George Cheeks, vice chairman of NBCUniversal Content Studios, to board ViacomCBS as head of CBS operations. The move would mean that Cheeks is stepping into Joe Ianniello’s shoes at the head of CBS.
Read below for McCarthy’s internal memo outlining the network’s transition:
To follow up on David’s note, I wanted to say hello and welcome to the Entertainment & Youth Group.
First off, congrats to all of you and Brad on your tremendous success. And, to David and the Showtime team for your strong group leadership and support of Pop TV.
It’s been really great watching you from afar. And it’s not just because Schitt’s Creek is one of my favorite shows – it’s that from an outsider’s perspective, Pop shares many of the qualities of our brands – a passion for great characters, inventive storytelling and a desire to entertain and make people laugh.
I’m excited to meet you, learn more about what you do and what makes Pop as special as it is. You must have lots of questions, and while I don’t have all the answers yet, I look forward to connecting in the days and weeks ahead.