Pierluigi Gazzolo will focus on accelerating the rollout of Pluto TV across international markets. He will also be responsible for managing original content creation assets across ViacomCBS internationally.
Viacom’s international division Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has appointed Pierluigi Gazzolo as president of OTT International and Viacom International Studios (VIS). Gazzolo is currently the President of VIMN Americas and EVP of Nickelodeon International.
Under the new role, Gazzolo will initially focus on accelerating the rollout of Pluto TV across international markets. Additionally, he will further establish VIMN’s premium D2C products in partnership with distributors.
Gazzolo will report to David Lynn, President & CEO of VIMN.
The company said that the appointment of the 26-year Viacom veteran to the new role, ahead of the planned completion of Viacom’s merger with CBS in early December, signals “the increasing importance of VIMN’s studio and OTT business”.
“He will also be responsible for creating an integrated, Viacom International Studios operation, managing original content creation assets across ViacomCBS internationally,” the company said. “This new structure will enable the company to accelerate the creation of original content across international markets, consistent with the ViacomCBS mission of becoming one of the world’s pre-eminent content companies.”
Commenting on his new role, Gazzolo said: “With ViacomCBS’ position as one the world’s most important content creators and distributors, it’s an extraordinary moment to help drive the expansion of both Pluto TV and OTT internationally, which is the fastest growing part of the video business; and at the same time, create a unified international studio for Viacom – when the demand for content has never been greater.”