ViacomCBS Networks International Head David Lynn to Step Down

ViacomCBS Networks International CEO Dave Lynn
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ViacomCBS Networks International CEO Dave Lynn

Raffaele Annecchino will succeed Lynn as president and CEO as studio sees its streaming platforms like Pluto TV and the upcoming Paramount+ service roll out internationally.

ViacomCBS Networks International head David Lynn is set to step down after 24 years with the studio.

Raffaele Annecchino has been named as the new president and CEO of VCNI, with Lynn leaving the company after a transition period. In his new role, Annecchino will oversee all of ViacomCBS’s media networks and related businesses outside the U.S. where the studio sees an opportunity to become a global leader in paid-for streaming based on its competitive position.

That includes a range of pay-TV entertainment brands and broadcast networks across six continents — including Channel 5 in the UK, Telefe in Argentina, Network 10 in Australia and Colors in India through a joint venture with Viacom18.

Annecchino will also work closely with ViacomCBS’s global streaming streams as they expand, including the international rollout of Pluto TV and the launch of Paramount+ in 2021.

ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish, in announcing Annecchio's promotion, in a statement said "Raffaele is an entrepreneurial, results-oriented leader with a proven ability to transform businesses and drive growth across diverse markets. His experience in expanding ViacomCBS’s international footprint, forging key partnerships and accelerating our push into mobile and digital platforms will be critical to building on our leadership positions across Europe, Latin America and Asia and realizing our global ambitions."

Bakish added about Lynn as he departs the studio: "I’m grateful for his dedication and leadership and wish him the best as he starts this next chapter.”

Beginning in the first quarter of 2021, VCNI will relaunch Paramount+ in Latin America and the Nordics and rebrand and relaunch the 10 All Access streaming service in Australia as a new super-sized premium version of Paramount+.

The service will exclusively feature Showtime original series premieres, Paramount+ originals and series from CBS Television Studios, Paramount Television Studios, BET, Nickelodeon, MTV brands and more.

ViacomCBS' international unit has made earlier executive promotions and hires to round out its new streaming-focused leadership ahead of the 2021 launch of Paramount+. In the latest move, Annecchino will report to Bob Bakish, President and CEO, ViacomCBS.