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ViacomCBS taps Tom Ryan to lead streaming; Marc DeBevoise, Pierluigi Gazzolo exit

Tom Ryan, CEO of Pluto TV, is stepping into the role of president and CEO of ViacomCBS Streaming as Marc Debevoise, ViacomCBS chief digital officer and president and CEO of ...
October 20, 2020

Tom Ryan, CEO of Pluto TV, is stepping into the role of president and CEO of ViacomCBS Streaming as Marc Debevoise, ViacomCBS chief digital officer and president and CEO of ViacomCBS Digital, exits the mediaco.

Ryan (pictured) — who served as CEO and co-founder of Pluto TV since early 2014 –¬† will have global oversight of the company’s streaming strategy, overseeing CBS All Access, rebranding as Paramount+ in early 2021, and Pluto TV.

He will also partner with the ViacomCBS Content Council to accelerate a franchise-driven content strategy.

DeBevoise, who led ViacomCBS’s digital and streaming businesses, will serve in an advisory capacity for the remainder of 2020.

The executive joined CBS International in 2011, previously serving as president and CEO of the division since 2016.

Pierluigi Gazzolo, meanwhile, is stepping down from ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI) as president of streaming and studios with Kelly Day, COO of VCNI, taking over leadership of streaming.

JC Acosta, who oversees VCNI’s operations in Latin America and Canada as president of VCN Americas, is adding oversight of ViacomCBS International Studios (VIS) to his purview.

Day will report to David Lynn, VCNI president and CEO, and Ryan.

She will oversee the international rollout of Paramount+, launching in Australia, Latin America and the Nordics in 2021, as well as the expansion of Pluto TV following its launch in Latin America.

Prior to taking up his current role in November 2019, longtime executive Gazzolo was president, Americas, for Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), which was renamed as VCNI after the ViacomCBS merger in December last year.

He served as COO for VIMN from 2011 to 2014 and its predecessor MTV Networks International  from 2009 to 2011, reporting in both roles to Bob Bakish, now president and CEO, ViacomCBS.

Before 2009, he held several different roles with the company including serving as president of MTV Networks Latin America.

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