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Fremantle taps ex-CMT exec for unscripted post

FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) has hired former CMT development head Jayson Dinsmore as president of alternative programming and development. Dinsmore replaces former executive vice president Toby Gorman, who exited last year to join a new A. Smith unit created in November. In his new role, Dinsmore will lead the company’s domestic and global unscripted development […]

CMT realigns dev under Cox as Dinsmore exits

Viacom is centralising development at its US cable channel CMT under Paramount Network’s Keith Cox, with Jayson Dinsmore exiting as a result. Cox is now leading development for CMT, TVLand and the upcoming Paramount Network, which is soon to replace Spike TV. Dinsmore (pictured) will leave his post as executive VP of development as Cox […]

CMT president Philips exits after 16 years

Brian Philips is leaving Viacom cable channel CMT after 16 years with the network. Frank Tanki has been handed control of the channel as president Philips steps down. Philips has joined as senior VP and general manager, riding to his current post in 2009. He told staff he had been considering an exit for some […]

eOne brings in CMT exec for alternative

Entertainment One Television has hired Julia Silverton from US cable channel CMT as senior VP, development of alternative programming. Based out of LA, she will lead development efforts for a unit whose shows include the recently-announced Fuse series The Hollywood Puppet Show (WT). Silverton (pictured) joins from Viacom’s CMT, where she was VP, development, ushering […]

TV Land’s Cox lands key role at Paramount Net

TV Land development chief Keith Cox is reportedly set to add the upcoming Paramount Network to his responsibilities, with Sharon Levy exiting at the same time. US media sits say Cox will become president of development and production at Paramount Network, as the Viacom-owned American cable channel settles into its new skin and the former […]

Viacom moves CMT, TV Land in ents rejig

Viacom CEO Bob Bakish has delivered on his promise to move the CMT and TV Land channels from their home within the kids and family unit to the entertainment division. Both networks are now part of Viacom Global Entertainment Group, with their managers now reporting to Spike president Kevin Kay. Bakish drew up the plan […]

A+E poaches Viacom programming exec

A+E Networks has brought over veteran programming executive Katie Buchanan from Viacom’s US cable channel CMT. Buchanan (pictured) has been named senior VP programming strategy and scheduling for the Lifetime and LMN cable networks. She will report to Lifetime’s SVP, strategy, scheduling and acquisitions, Christian Drobnyk, who said: “Katie brings a breadth of experience and […]

Viacom merging US and int’l under Bakish

Viacom’s international and US channel groups are merging into a new unit that Bob Bakish will lead as interim company president and CEO. Viacom International Media Networks and domestic networks arm Viacom Music and Entertainment Group are coming together as Viacom Global Entertainment Group (VGEG). Furthermore, the Viacom Kids and Family Group, which Cyma Zarghami […]

CMT and Hulu save Nashville

CMT has stepped in to rescue cancelled US series Nashville, teaming with Hulu to order a new season of the country music drama. The show ran to four seasons on ABC, but the broadcast net cancelled it earlier this year. Viacom net CMT (Country Music Television) has now greenlit a fifth season of the show, […]

Comedy Central Africa will Deal With it

Comedy Central Africa has acquired celebrity prank show Deal With it from Israeli distributor Keshet International. The deal for seasons one and two of the US comedy means Viacom International Media Networks-owned Comedy Central will run in more than 50 sub-Saharan African territories. The UK version of Comedy Central already airs the show, which debuted […]

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