CBS Corp. Combines CBS Paramount, King World

Sep 26, 2006  •  Post A Comment

CBS Corp. has formed the CBS Television Distribution Group, a division that combines CBS Paramount Domestic Television, King World and CBS Paramount International Television into one unit.

King World CEO Roger King has been named CEO of the CBS Television Distribution Group. Robert Madden and John Nogawski each are president and chief operating officer of the newly combined domestic television arm, with Armando Nuñnez Jr. continuing as president of CBS Paramount International Television. All three will report directly to Mr. King.

Leslie Moonves, president and CEO of CBS Corp., made the announcement Tuesday.

In connection with the restructuring, Joel Berman, who has served as president of CBS Paramount Worldwide Television, will leave the company.

“Joel’s resume running the studio’s distribution arm is decorated with great success,” Mr. Moonves said in a statement. “He has played a meaningful role in the life or launch of some of the top programs in syndication history. We appreciate all of Joel’s contributions to the company, greatly respect his leadership skills and executive talents and wish him the best.”

Mr. Madden will oversee operations for administration, finance, legal, communications and CBS Consumer Products. Mr. Nogawski will run syndication sales and advertiser sales, as well as marketing, research and new media.

Terry Wood, who was named president of creative affairs and development for both CBS Paramount Domestic TV and King World in January, will continue that role in the new domestic entity, reporting to both Mr. Madden and Mr. Nogawski. Ms. Wood will be in charge of current programming for both labels and for developing new first-run series for CTDG.

Steve LoCascio, who has served as executive VP and chief financial officer for CBS Enterprises, has been named executive VP and chief financial officer for the CBS Television Distribution Group.

The announcement made no mention of Greg Meidel, who currently is president of programming for CBS Paramount Domestic Television.