Viacom (VIA) - Get Report merged its CBS Broadcast International and Paramount International Television units into a new entity called CBS Paramount International Television, headed by Armando Nunez Jr.
The New York media giant said the new global television sales and distribution entity "will help maximize our programming resources, efficiently streamline our overseas distribution and establish a programming pipeline that can have a huge impact in the global marketplace."
Nunez will report to both Roger King, CEO of CBS Enterprises and King World Productions, and Joel Berman, president of Paramount Worldwide Television Distribution. Those domestic companies will continue to operate independently, Viacom co-operating chief Les Moonves said.
The shakeup comes as Moonves and co-operating chief Tom Freston remake the Viacom organization in the wake of June's departure of longtime President Mel Karmazin. Last month, Freston named Bob Bakish his operations deputy.
Nunez will assume oversight of all international distribution, sales and marketing for Viacom's network and syndicated programming assets, as well as Paramount's feature films and the CBS and Paramount television libraries. He will also direct their nine offices worldwide and manage the company's interests in joint ventures for movie channels in Asia, Australia, Brazil, India, and Latin America, as well as TV1, a series programming channel in Australia.
In connection with the restructuring, Gary Marenzi, who has served as president of Paramount International Television since 1997, will be leaving the company.