The shakeup has given more responsibilities to existing Viacom and CBS executives while some senior employees including Kent Alterman are exiting the new entity, which will be called ViacomCBS following the merger.
Media giants Viacom and CBS are realigning some of the leadership roles for their creative operations ahead of the merger of the two companies expected to take place in December.
The shakeup has given more responsibilities to existing Viacom and CBS executives while some senior employees are exiting the new entity, which will be called ViacomCBS following the merger.
Kent Alterman, who currently runs Comedy Central, TV Land and Paramount Network, will depart the company after the merger concludes. Sarah Levy, who is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Viacom Media Networks, will also exit after the merger.
Chris McCarthy, who currently oversees the MTV, VH1, Logo and CMT networks, will also take charge of Comedy Central, Paramount Network, TV Land and Smithsonian Channel in the shakeup, according to news reports.
McCarthy will continue to report to Viacom CEO Bob Bakish, who will retain that title at ViacomCBS.
David Nevins, chief creative officer of CBS and CEO of Showtime Networks, will be responsible for BET Networks as well.
Scott Mills will continue to run BET but will now report to Nevins.
Brian Robbins will continue to oversee Nickelodeon but will now also oversee AwesomenessTV.
The latest shakeup is a sign that the media giants are preparing the groundwork to combat the dwindling linear TV ratings and the rise of streaming services.