ViacomCBS Consolidates Kids & Family Executive Team

Zack Olin and Shauna Phelan
Courtesy of Nickelodeon

ViacomCBS is making some more changes to its executive structure, this time in its Kids & Family group.

The division is combining all live-action production under one team to be headed by Nickelodeon executives Shauna Phelan and Zack Olin. In addition to heading Nick’s live-action scripted content, the pair will also oversee live action for ViacomCBS subsidiary Awesomeness and third-party platforms.

Syrinthia Studer will continue to head the combined Awesomeness and Nickelodeon live-action film studio for ViacomCBS. All three execs report to Kids & Family president Brian Robbins.

"As our content grows in demand from both our own audiences and from third-party platforms, consolidating all scripted live action under Shauna and Zack streamlines our process to make the biggest creative impact possible," said Robbins. "Syrinthia, Shauna and Zack are a formidable team of terrific storytellers, and they’re delivering an exciting slate of films and series that have been tailored to the full expanse of demos we serve, from kids to Gen Z."

The expanded roles for Phelan and Olin come after Awesomeness executive Shelley Zimmerman, who opted not to renew her contract, departed the company.

"Shelley and I have worked together throughout the years, and she is an incredibly talented and savvy creative executive," said Robbins. "We wish her the absolute best and are so grateful for her leadership and contributions to Awesomeness’s studio success with hits like To All the Boys I’ve Loved BeforePen15 and Trinkets."