24 JUN 2021

VIACOMCBS RESTRUCTURES ITS OPERATIONS TEAM TO PRIORITIZE PARAMOUNT+

Seven of the conglomerate's top executives will take on various duties specifically targeting the growth of the streamer's presence in a crowded streaming market. David Nevins will now lead the company’s streaming scripted original division.

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ViacomCBS has restructured its leadership team, moving seven of its top content executives to a new division that prioritizes the growth of streaming service Paramount Plus. The company intends to strengthen the streamer's presence in a crowded streaming market.

The reshuffle will bring David Nevins, Nicole Clemens, Chris McCarthy, Brian Robbins, and Tanya Giles new responsibilities for the streamer, with Giles set to serve as Chief Programming Officer of streaming, a newly created role in which she will oversee strategy at Paramount+ and Pluto TV with a focus on audience acquisition and engagement.

CBS Corp. CEO George Cheeks will add chief content officer of news and sports for the platform, while Paramount Pictures CEO Jim Gianopulos will now also add content chief of movies. Bruce Gillmer, President of music, programming, and events, will also have a content chief title for the same role at Paramount+. McCarthy adds the content title for unscripted and adult animation.

Nevins, previously tasked with chief creative officer duties at CBS and CEO at Showtime, will use some of the skills he learned to take on his role as chief content officer of scripted originals for Paramount+. With Nevins no serving as broadcaster for CBS, network president Kelly Kahl and CBS Studios topper David Stapf will now report directly to Cheeks. nWednesday’s reorganization was foreseen through the departure of Julie McNamara exit earlier this month as head of originals for Paramount+. Last week, another top digital executive, Christy Tanner, also exited the company.