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Paramount+ head of programming Julie McNamara exits

Longtime CBS executive Julie McNamara is leaving her post as EVP and head of programming at ViacomCBS streaming service Paramount+, with word on further change for the streamer’s content structure ...
May 28, 2021

Longtime CBS executive Julie McNamara is leaving her post as EVP and head of programming at ViacomCBS streaming service Paramount+, with word on further change for the streamer’s content structure reportedly due in the coming weeks.

McNamara, who had been with CBS and ViacomCBS for 15 years, recently headed up original content for CBS All Access before taking the head of programming post for its evolved iteration, Paramount+. In her memo to staff, she said: “At CBS All Access, the introduction of our Original Series exponentially grew the subscriber base and profile of the platform, and set the stage for what’s to come. Now, Paramount+ is launched and poised to capitalize on the breadth and depth of talent across multiple brands, with series lined up by the incredible P+ creative team.”

Original unscripted content on the service includes the recently announced Queen of the Universe competition series from RuPaul’s Drag Race prodco World of Wonder, which will see drag queens face off against each other in a singing competition. That series makes its debut on the streamer on December 2, while another Drag Race spin-off, RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars, is also finding a new home on the streamer, beginning in June.

From Cradle to Stage, directed by Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, debuted earlier this month. Produced by Live Nation Productions, the six-part series explores the special relationship between successful musicians and their mothers.

Earlier this year, the streamer unveiled more unscripted originals that draw heavily on past MTV and VH1 hits, including The Real World: The Homecoming, a reboot of Road Rules and The Challenge: All Stars.

There’s no word on McNamara’s next move. Meanwhile, speculation in the trades is pointing towards Nicole Clemens, currently head of Paramount Television Studios, taking a top scripted programming role in the soon-to-be-announced content restructuring. ViacomCBS has not confirmed or offered comment on the matter.

(With files from Kim Izzo and Jillian Morgan)

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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