The week’s executive shuffle at Viacom came into clear focus with news that what used to be three network groups are being restructured into two. Doug Herzog, who led the former Entertainment Group, will take charge of the new Viacom Music and Entertainment Group, consisting of MTV, MTV2, Logo, VH1, Comedy Central and Spike, and their related digital networks. Cyma Zarghami, who this year marks her 30th year with the company, will take on an expanded role leading the new Kids and Family Group. Her purview includes all brands currently in the Nickelodeon Group–Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., TeenNick, Nick at Nite, NickMom and NickToons–as well as TV Land, CMT and CMT Pure Country. Debra Lee will continue to hold the reins at BET. Out are former MTV chief Van Toffler, who is starting an indie production company, and TV Land president Larry Jones. In an internal email to employees, Viacom president/CEO Philippe Dauman told employees, “Our industry is in transition and change does not always come easy… We are working hard to adapt to changing audience behavior, to incorporate new forms of distribution and to better integrate technology into everything we do.”
Figure skater/headline maker Adam Rippon declined the opportunity to become an NBC correspondent for the rest of the 2018 Winter Games when he realized it would mean leaving the Olympic team and Village. “My teammates were there for me during my events, and now I NEED to be there for them,” tweeted the U.S. team […]
Alfre Woodard (Luke Cage) will guest as Cookie’s formidable mother on an upcoming episode of Fox drama Empire….Madeline Stowe (Revenge) joins Fox musical drama pilot Mixtape….Bonnie Soper (Filthy Rich) will play Princess Diana and Maggie Sullivan (Fargo) takes on Queen Elizabeth in Lifetime movie Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance.
The 2018 NBA All-Star Game handed Turner Sports with boosts across all platforms – television (TNT and TBS), digital and social, including a 4.3 household rating and 5.1 million household impressions – both up 2% over 2017 and marking the best for the event since 2013, based on Nielsen Fast Nationals. In addition, the telecast […]
The Big 12 Conference is turning to FloSports to live stream the 2018 Big 12 championships for swimming & diving on FloSwimming.com, indoor and outdoor track & field on FloTrack.com, wrestling on FloWrestling.com, and gymnastics on FloGymnastics.com. The deal is an expansion of FloSports’ current agreement with the conference. Programming begins Feb. 21-24 with the […]
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