John Nogawski Out, Armando Nuñez In After CBS Distribution Restructuring

John Nogawski
John Nogawski
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John Nogawski is departing as president of CBS Television Distribution, the top supplier of syndicated shows to local stations with a catalog that includes top ratings performers Judge Judy, Dr. Phil and Entertainment Tonight.

As part of a restructuring that will merge domestic and international operations, Armando Nuñez will now oversee worldwide operations, according to a Tuesday announcement from CBS Corp. president and CEO Leslie Moonves.

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Nuñez has served as president of CBS Studios International. He is only days away from leaving for France to attend the annual MIPCOM market in Cannes.

The domestic and international operations will remain separate and retain their current identities for now, according to a CBS spokesman. There are no other personnel changes or layoffs pending as a result, at least not immediately.

While CBS has been the top supplier, it has had a hard time breaking new first-run shows under Nogawski. The most recent effort is a talk show starring Jeff Probst, which has gotten off to a slow start in the syndication ratings.

The other big move by Nogawski still pending is the launch of a new late-night talk show starring Arsenio Hall. For now, that is still planned, according to a CBS source.

Nogawski had a very public negotiation with Katie Couric, who went on to make a deal for a talk show at Disney. Then the Probst show was announced.

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Nogawski’s departure after about 30 years is a mutual decision by the executive and the network, according to the spokesman, which would imply he's been forced out.

In the announcement, Nuñez is credited with growing CBS Studios International revenue to more than $1 billion annually. During the past three years, he has forged international channel ventures for CBS in the U.K., India, Australia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa that reach 105 million households. He also has expanded the international licensing of CBS programming to emerging digital, satellite, on-demand and SVOD platforms, making deals with Netflix for Canada, the U.K. and Latin America and with Hulu in Japan.

“We have great leaders around our company, and Armando has always been one of the best – admired and respected by clients and colleagues alike,” said Moonves. “He has led our international group to great heights, increasing revenue around the world with new distribution windows and new channel ventures that complement our traditional licensing business. With this newly created position, we have one of the industry’s best global thinkers maximizing the value for our current hits and vast library to the growing number of content licensors here in the U.S. and around the world.”

“Our business is increasingly looking at program distribution and content value through a global lens,” said Nuñez. “From hit network shows to syndication franchises to a deep and diverse library, no one has bigger and better content than CBS. I look forward to continuing to work with Leslie and the terrific domestic and international teams to take full strategic advantage of the traditional, new and emerging distribution opportunities available to us everywhere.”

Nuñez joined CBS Broadcast International as president in July 1999. In January 2000, following the merger of CBS Television and King World Productions, he added the title of executive vp of CBS Enterprises. He was named president of CBS Studios International (formerly CBS Paramount International Television) in August 2004 following the merger with Paramount International Television.

Before joining CBS, Nuñez served as president of Universal Television. From 1994-97, he was president of New World International Television Distribution and before that executive vp international sales at Viacom Enterprises.

Nogawski had been CBS TV Distribution’s co-president and COO since September 2006, when CBS Paramount Domestic TV merged with King World. Before the merger, Nogawski had been president of CBS Paramount Domestic TV since 2002. He was responsible for the sales and marketing of CBS Paramount's first-run and off-net library, oversaw advertising sales and began the company's integrated marketing initiatives.

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