CBS Corp. has a new chief creative officer, announcing that effective immediately the post has been taken by David Nevins. Nevins, who has been overseeing Showtime Networks, has also been promoted to chairman of Showtime Networks Inc. and will retain his Showtime Networks CEO title.
Joe Ianniello, president and acting CEO of CBS Corp., announced the moves Thursday.
“David has a brilliant creative mind and an impressive track record of success at Showtime and in the entertainment industry,” Ianniello said in making the announcement. “He is a forward-thinking leader who has driven programming excellence and subscriber growth for the cable network and its growing over-the-top service. The combination of David working with the outstanding and proven creative leaders we have in place will continue to build our position as a global premium content powerhouse.”
The company’s announcement adds that in his new role, “Nevins will be responsible for oversight of programming, marketing and research across CBS Television Studios, the CBS Television Network’s Entertainment division, Showtime Networks and, in conjunction with CBS Interactive, programming for CBS All Access. He will also oversee CBS’ interest in The CW, a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment. Julie McNamara (CBS All Access), David Stapf (CBS Television Studios), Kelly Kahl (CBS Entertainment), George Schweitzer (Marketing) and Radha Subramanyam (Research) will continue in their leadership roles in these respective areas.”
Reporting on Deadline, Nellie Andreeva notes: “The promotion had been rumored since the day Ianniello, a regarded business executive with no creative background, was named acting CEO in the wake of [Leslie] Moonves’ ouster. But the real conversations reportedly did not start until a couple of weeks ago.”
Andreeva adds: “Moonves was a rare TV executive who came up through the creative ranks and kept that role even after he became CEO of a media conglom. Nevins is now taking on that role, but made it clear in the announcement today he will rely on the current top executives at the divisions he oversees.”
Nevins is quoted saying in the announcement: “We have great strength in the creative leadership across the company’s content divisions, and I am excited to get to work with the talented teams that run CBS’ programming services. Together, we are committed to growing our businesses, offering industry-leading shows that are among the most powerful and most loved across broadcast, streaming and premium cable.”
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