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CEO Bob Bakish's plan for Viacom's small-screen expansion is to focus on six core brands: BET, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr. and Paramount Network. The conglomerate has shaken up the exec suites at five of those networks amid a larger restructuring that has seen a handful of rising executives (Kevin Kay, Chris McCarthy, Keith Cox) take charge of multiple networks.
The latest change came June 29 when CMT president Brian Philips was pushed out following a 16-year run and amid the niche cable network's recent growth on the back of Nashville. Philips' ouster made CMT the latest Viacom cable network to lose its leader, joining MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and Spike, with the latter set to be rebranded as the Paramount Network in January.
Here's a look at the new power players on Viacom's TV side with the below all reporting directly to Bakish.
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