The body count in the executive offices at Viacom continues to climb, with the latest casualty being Denise Denson, the company’s top domestic distribution executive. The New York Post reports that Denson is leaving the company after 22 years.
“Denson, who had a fearsome reputation and ruled the roost under a variety of chief executives, is being replaced by a former CBS executive, Tom Gorke, who on Monday was named executive vice president, content distribution,” The Post reports. “Denson had some epic battles in recent years that resulted in Viacom being dropped permanently from cable operator Suddenlink in 2015 and temporarily by DirecTV in 2012 — both over fee disputes.”
The report adds: “Denson’s exit is one of a handful of changes being made by new acting Chief Executive Bob Bakish, who said that improving relations with pay-TV firms was one of his priorities.”