| ||President and CEO, Viacom Inc. ||Yes|
Bob Bakish is President and Chief Executive Officer of Viacom Inc. and is responsible for growing Viacom’s industry-leading brands – including Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon and BET – and the world-renowned Paramount Pictures film and TV studio. He is focused on investing in and developing new content, expanding distribution and pursuing strategic growth opportunities in Viacom’s core businesses.
Mr. Bakish has been promoted to his role after serving as President and CEO of VIMN – and its predecessor MTV Networks International – since 2007 and more than doubling the division’s revenue and consistently growing its profitability across that period. VIMN enjoyed its most profitable year financially in the 12 months to September 30th 2016, thanks to the success of its diversification strategy that has helped it build leading positions in some of the world’s most valuable media markets including established markets like the U.K., Italy and Spain, as well as higher growth markets such as India, Mexico, Brazil, China, Russia and Africa, where VIMN is the continent’s leading supplier of pay TV channels.
As CEO of VIMN, Mr. Bakish oversaw a massive expansion of the international footprint of Viacom’s branded TV networks, gaining distribution for Comedy Central and Nick Jr. and launching Spike and Paramount Channel – now the world’s leading ad-supported movie network – to sit alongside MTV and Nickelodeon on pay TV platforms worldwide. Viacom’s 200 plus TV channels now reach a cumulative 3.9 billion subscribers across more than 180 countries and broadcast in more than 40 languages, making it the world’s largest entertainment company by reach across TV.
In addition, Mr. Bakish built scale for Viacom in high value and high growth international media markets through the launch or acquisition of large general entertainment networks including Colors in India – through its Viacom18 joint venture with Reliance Industries – Channel 5 in the UK, which has just delivered record profits under Viacom’s ownership, and, most recently, Telefe in Argentina.
Mr. Bakish also rapidly accelerated VIMN’s digital strategy and grew online engagement with its video content, by launching a range of innovative multi-platform products, including My Nick Jr. and My MTV and mobile streaming service, Viacom Play Plex, which makes content from all Viacom’s branded TV networks available to view on-demand and on-the-go. Play Plex mobile apps have been downloaded 16M times to date and served more than half a billion streams.
Under Mr. Bakish’s direction, VIMN has also substantially increased the volume of programming it originates and owns internationally, driven in part by the launch of Viacom International Studios in Miami, and the expansion of Channel 5 Productions in the UK. VIMN has also scaled up production of short form video content for distribution via its own digital properties and third party social media platforms, including via MTV and Comedy Central’s global channels on Snapchat Discover; Viacom now has an estimated 850 million fans and followers on social media worldwide.
In addition, Mr. Bakish has expanded the ‘real world’ presence of VIMN's brands through live events, stores, theme parks and recreation.
Prior to taking over responsibility for Viacom’s international business, Mr. Bakish held a series of corporate, sales and development roles at both Viacom Inc. and Viacom’s MTV Networks (MTVN). From 2004 to 2006, he played a key role in Viacom’s senior management team, serving as Executive Vice President, Operations and Viacom Enterprises with responsibility for Strategic Planning and Business Development and a range of business units including the Famous Music Publishing Company and Famous Players Theater Circuit in Canada. He served as EVP and Chief Operating Officer, MTVN Advertising Sales, from 2001 to 2004, and was also Chairman of the Cable Television Advertising Bureau from 2003 to 2005. Prior to that, Mr. Bakish was Senior Vice President, Planning, Development and Technology at Viacom.
Before joining Viacom Inc. in 1997, Mr. Bakish was a partner with Booz Allen & Hamilton in its Media and Entertainment practice. He worked with clients in the TV, motion picture, book publishing and new media industries in the U.S., Europe, Latin America and Asia. Previously, he worked at AT&T in network systems.
Mr. Bakish has an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and a B.S. in Operations Research from Columbia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. Mr. Bakish serves on the boards of both schools and is also a Director on the Board of AVID Technologies, a NASDAQ-listed company.
| ||President, Comedy Central||Yes|
Kent Alterman is President of Comedy Central. He is responsible for the leadership, strategy and management of the #1 brand in comedy.
Alterman rejoined Comedy Central in 2010 as Head of Original Programming and Production (he served as Head of East Coast Development from 1996-2000). He was promoted to President, Original Programming in 2013 and rose to his current position of President in 2016.
Upon his return in 2010, Alterman and his development team embarked on an ambitious launch of original programming – more than doubling the amount of original series on the air than at any time in the history of the brand. Focused on incubating new talent and concepts across all screens, he created bona fide franchises with a broad mix of some of the most significant voices in comedy today, including the Emmy® Award-winning series "Drunk History," "Key & Peele," "Inside Amy Schumer" and "@midnight with Chris Hardwick," along with critical and fan favorites "Broad City," "Nathan for You," "Another Period," "Workaholics," "Review" and "Detroiters." He was a key voice in selecting Trevor Noah as host of the Emmy® Award-winning "The Daily Show" and the driving force behind Comedy Central’s resurgence in late night with the development and launch of 2017 series "The Opposition w/ Jordan Klepper," "The Jim Jefferies Show" and "The President Show."
Alterman also led an increase of the brand’s specials output and stand-up driven series like "This is Not Happening," "The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail" and two new stand-up series produced by and starring Kevin Hart. Under his leadership, the Comedy Central Roast franchise has been elevated to new heights with the roasts of Charlie Sheen, James Franco, Justin Bieber and Rob Lowe, and expanded with new shoulder programming including the "Roast Battle" series and Jeff Ross Roasts… docu-comedy specials.
Expanding the brand’s footprint and deep connection to its fans beyond the linear screen, Alterman spearheaded Comedy Central’s expansion into the physical world with the launch of the wildly successful Colossal Clusterfest, a jam-packed, three-day, comedy and music festival experience across five indoor and outdoor stages that featured stand-up and sketch performances, podcasts recordings, and iconic comedy attractions, along with musical performances including one-of-a-kind collaborations between musicians and comedians.
In addition, under Alterman's watch Comedy Central has greatly expanded its development for digital and social platforms, producing platform-specific, original series and short-form content. In 2016, over 3.7 billion streams and 20 billion minutes of original content were viewed across platforms led by destinations such as Facebook, cc.com and Comedy Central’s Discover channel on Snapchat.
Prior to his current position with Comedy Central, Alterman had an overall film deal with Fox Film Studios. Before that, he directed and executive produced New Line’s feature film "Semi-Pro," starring ill Ferrell, Woody Harrelson and Andre Benjamin. From 2001 to 2006, he served as Executive Vice President at New Line, overseeing a diverse slate of films including perennial Christmas hit, "Elf," and multiple Oscar nominated films, "A History of Violence" and "Little Children."
In Alterman’s first stint at Comedy Central, he oversaw development and production on such series as "Strangers with Candy," "Upright Citizens Brigade" and "TV Funhouse." Early in his career, he worked with Michael Moore as a writer, director and producer on the Emmy® Award-winning series "TV Nation."
Alterman is based in Viacom’s Hollywood offices and reports to Bob Bakish, President and CEO, Viacom Inc.
| ||Senior Vice President, Investor Relations and Treasurer||Yes|
Jim Bombassei is Senior Vice President of Investor Relations and Treasurer. In this role, Mr. Bombassei oversees the Company’s relationships with equity research analysts and investors on a global basis. Mr. Bombassei also oversees the Company’s debt capital markets activity, commercial bank and credit agency relations as well as the Company’s cash management.
Prior to assuming his current role, Mr. Bombassei was Senior Vice President, Investor Relations and Vice President, Investor Relations. Prior to working in Investor Relations, he served as Vice President, Treasury. Mr. Bombassei joined Viacom in 1992. Before joining Viacom, Mr. Bombassei worked at Ernst & Young as a consultant and an auditor.
Mr. Bombassei earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Lehigh University and an M.B.A. from the New York University Graduate School of Business. He is a certified public accountant in the State of New York. He is a member of the National Investor Relations Institute and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
| ||Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary||Yes|
Christa A. D’Alimonte is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, overseeing Viacom’s global legal functions. Ms. D’Alimonte joined Viacom as Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Assistant Secretary in 2012 from Shearman & Sterling LLP, where she was Deputy Practice Group Leader of the Firm’s Global Mergers & Acquisitions group.
In her practice at Shearman & Sterling, Ms. D’Alimonte represented a broad range of domestic and multinational clients – including Viacom - on public and private mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, as well as corporate governance matters. Ms. D’Alimonte joined Shearman & Sterling in 1993, and became a partner in January 2001.
Ms. D’Alimonte graduated from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was the Editor-in-Chief of the American Criminal Law Review, and received her A.B. in Politics and a Certificate of Proficiency in Latin American Studies from Princeton University. She has been recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA and Legal 500 and as a “Top Female Dealmaker” by Law360. D’Alimonte is a member of the Princeton University Politics Department Advisory Council and a past participant in the Partnership for New York City’s David Rockefeller Fellows Program.
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| ||Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer ||Yes|
Wade Davis is Chief Financial Officer of Viacom. In this role, which he assumed in November 2012, Mr. Davis is responsible for overseeing the core financial functions of the company on a global basis, including Financial Planning, Tax, Treasury, Reporting, and Risk Management. Additionally Mr. Davis oversees Corporate Development, Strategy, Research & Consumer Insights functions for the Company.
Prior to joining Viacom, Mr. Davis was an investment banker in the technology and media sectors for more than a decade. As an investment banker at Lazard Frères & Co and Wasserstein Perella & Co., Mr. Davis advised clients on transactions with an aggregate value of more than $40 billion. Before becoming an investment banker, Mr. Davis held operating positions at Harley Davidson, Inc. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Mr. Davis has been active in the reform of public education and is co-founder and a member of the Board of AdvancePath Academics, a firm that operates technology-based centers that recover and educate high school dropouts. Additionally, Mr. Davis serves on the Board of Directors of Cengage Learning, one of the largest providers of higher education curriculum solutions in the world.
| ||President, Viacom Digital Studios||Yes|
Kelly Day is President of Viacom Digital Studios, an original content studio dedicated to creating quality programming for the social, mobile audience. She partners with Viacom’s media networks to build audience engagement across Viacom’s massive social and OTT footprint; develop new, original content and branded entertainment in a variety of formats; and drive engagement and innovation across platforms.
Prior to joining Viacom in 2017, Day served as the Chief Business Officer, and previously Chief Digital Officer, of multi-platform media company Awesomeness. At Awesomeness, Day was responsible for driving growth in the company’s business by developing new distribution strategies for the digital, television and film studios; overseeing international expansion, launching Awesomeness in dozens of territories around the world; and driving new technology investments such as mobile and OTT apps.
Before joining Awesomeness, Day was CEO of Blip, an online video platform for independent content creators. Day also served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Digital Media and Commerce for Discovery Communications from 2005 to ‘12. She also led E-Commerce at The Knot and held a variety of E-commerce positions at AOL from 1996 to 2003.
Day graduated from Penn State University with a bachelor’s degree in French. She is married and has two daughters.
| ||Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures||Yes|
James Gianopulos is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Paramount Pictures, a role he assumed in April 2017. Mr. Gianopulos has been involved in the evolution of new entertainment media and technologies for more than 30 years, and has been recognized as an industry leader.
Prior to joining Paramount, Mr. Gianopulos served as the Chairman and CEO of Twentieth Century Fox from 2000 to September 2016. In this role, he oversaw all feature film production, marketing, and global distribution of film and television content in all media.
From 2009 to 2012, Mr. Gianopulos oversaw Twentieth Century Fox Television Studios. He served as President of Twentieth Century Fox International from 1994 to 2000. From 1992 to 1994 he served as Fox’s President of International Television and Home Entertainment. Before joining Twentieth Century Fox, Mr. Gianopulos held senior management positions at Paramount and Columbia Pictures from 1981 to 1992, following his career as an attorney specializing in entertainment.
Mr. Gianopulos is a Governor and the Treasurer of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, a member of the Board of the USC School of Cinematic Arts and is a Trustee of Carnegie Mellon University, as well as a Trustee of the American Film Institute. He is involved in a number of civic and philanthropic activities, including serving as Chairman of the Motion Picture & Television Fund, on the National Entertainment Advisory Council for the Anti-Defamation League, and the Board of the X-Prize Foundation. In 2013, the Simon Wiesenthal Center bestowed him their highest honor, The Humanitarian Award.
Mr. Gianopulos attended the master’s program at the New York University School of Law, the Fordham School of Law (Juris Doctor, 1976) and Boston University (BA, 1973).
He resides in Los Angeles with his wife Ann and their three daughters.
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| ||Executive Vice President, Music/Talent Programing and Events, Viacom International Media Networks; Head of Music/Talent, Global Entertainment Group||Yes|
Bruce Gillmer is Head of Music/Talent for Viacom’s Global Entertainment Group, where he oversees music programming, talent and events for the portfolio. In addition, Gillmer serves as Executive Vice President of Music /Talent Programming and Events for Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), and is co-brand lead for MTV International.
In his dual role, Gillmer oversees the creation and execution of worldwide music initiatives, leveraging the global scale of Viacom’s iconic brands while also leading the MTV US Music and Talent team in amplifying music across the channel. Gillmer executive produces both the “MTV VMAs” and the “MTV EMAs,” as well as a wide variety of series, specials, and events. In addition, Gillmer co-directs the creative vision and operations for MTV International and leads the VIMN Music/Talent teams around events, music strategy and programming.
During Gillmer’s tenure at MTV International, he has orchestrated countless unforgettable performances, infused more music into the brand, and further established MTV as a worldwide leader in the space. From the “2016 MTV EMAs” in the Netherlands and “MTV Evolution” in the Philippines to the “MAMAs” in South Africa and the “MIAWs” in Mexico, MTV International’s tentpole events hosted more than half a million fans on the ground in 2016 and tens of millions more on MTV’s platforms. Gillmer and his team have engineered countless culture-defining moments in music, including the historic U2 and Jay-Z collaboration at the Brandenburg Gate for the “2009 MTV EMAs” to performances by icons ranging from Lady Gaga to Andrea Bocelli.
Gillmer began his career at Viacom in the MTV US Music and Talent department. Prior to joining VIMN, Gillmer served as Senior Vice President of Music and Talent Relations for VH1 in the US, where he led the Music and Talent department on all music-driven shows, events and initiatives. Gillmer was deeply involved in the co-development and production of “VH1 DIVAS LIVE,” “VH1 Hip Hop Honors,” “VH1 Fashion Awards,” “Behind the Music” and a variety of other shows, series and events.
Gillmer graduated from Indiana State University with a B.S. in Music and Marketing.
| ||Executive Vice President, Head of Distribution and Business Development||Yes|
Tom Gorke is Executive Vice President, Head of Distribution and Business Development for Viacom Inc. He oversees Viacom’s media networks distribution partnerships and strategy with all domestic affiliates, SVOD platforms and other content licensees. Additionally, Mr. Gorke is responsible for digital business development, leading the team that is charged with expanding Viacom’s media networks’ reach on all social, mobile and other connected platforms. He is based in the company’s New York City headquarters.
Mr. Gorke previously served as Executive Vice President of Sales and Business Development for Content Distribution at Viacom Media Networks and BET Networks, leading sales and new business efforts for all linear and digital distribution partnerships across BET, CMT, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Logo, Spike, TV Land and VH1, as well as Viacom's joint venture EPIX. Prior to that position, he was Senior Vice President of Content Distribution and Marketing for Viacom Media Networks, where he was responsible for all of Viacom Media Networks' digital content distribution and select linear deals, and oversaw Viacom’s partnerships with subscription video aggregators, electronic sell-through providers and other mobile and internet-based content distributors. Mr. Gorke also previously served as the Vice President of Digital Distribution, focused specifically on online content deals and relationships, as well as Director of Digital Operations and Distribution Development.
Before joining Viacom in 2005, Mr. Gorke was Manager of Strategy and Investments for the CBS Internet Group, where he helped lead the origination, analysis and management of a portfolio of investments in internet companies. He began his career at investment bank Alex. Brown as a financial analyst in the Consumer Group.
Mr. Gorke sits on the board of the T. Howard Foundation and was included among Multichannel News 2013 list of 40 Under 40. He received an M.B.A. with honors and a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
| ||President, Paramount Network, TV Land and CMT||Yes|
Kevin Kay serves as President of Paramount Network, TV Land and CMT where he is responsible for the day-to-day management, creative direction and overall growth strategy for the three brands. Combining his passion for great storytelling and music with an emphasis on creativity, Kay oversees all aspects of original programming and specials, marketing/creative, research, scheduling, digital/social, corporate communications and music strategy. He is leading the charge on Paramount Network launching January 2018, featuring premium, original scripted and non-scripted programming, while guiding the success of TV Land and CMT, which are both enjoying unprecedented ratings growth.
Under his direction, Paramount Network will soon debut an ambitious slate of high-quality, cinematic original series including “Yellowstone,” starring Emmy® and Oscar®-winner Kevin Costner and written and directed by critically-acclaimed Oscar®-nominated screenwriter Taylor Sheridan; “Waco,” with an award-winning cast including Michael Shannon, Taylor Kitsch, John Leguizamo, and Melissa Benoist; “American Woman” from Emmy® award-winning producer John Wells, a single-camera comedy set in the 1970s amid the sexual revolution and the rise of feminism starring Alicia Silverstone and Mena Suvari; and “Heathers” an hour-long pitch-black comedy anthology set in the present day, based on the 1988 cult classic film of the same name.
Kay added oversight of TV Land and CMT in 2017, and this fiscal year both networks marked their highest-rated years since 2014. TV Land notched 12 consecutive months of year-over-year growth to garner the highest year-over-year growth of any Top 20 Cable Entertainment network in 4Q17. This success was largely spearheaded by the channel’s hit original series “Younger.” The critic and fan favorite darling Darren Star series finished its fourth season as its highest-rated and most-watched ever in series history, and also started its own Facebook Live aftershow, “Getting Younger,” raising Facebook engagement rates five times over versus the prior season. The fifth season – picked up before the fourth season even began – will premiere in 2018. TV Land’s other critically-acclaimed series “Teachers,” is returning for the latter half of its second season in Fall 2017, and has already been picked up for a 20-episode third season to premiere in 2018
Under Kay’s leadership, CMT is emerging as all touchpoint brand that reaches fans on every device and in real life. CMT’s re-energized modern country culture branding is fueling a creative and ratings renaissance. This year, “Nashville,” became CMT’s most watched series ever, while the 12th season of “Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team” scored its highest rated season to date. By refreshing CMT’s seminal music series and specials, “CMT Artists of the Year” garnered its highest ratings, while “CMT Crossroads” with Backstreet Boys/ Florida Georgia Line spurred its highest ratings in five years. This year, CMT began to actively create experiential experiences. The recent “CMT Music Awards,” expanded from one-night event into a three-day festival for sponsors and fans, creating the largest footprint in CMT history.
Prior to the rebranding to The Paramount Network, Kay’s recent accomplishments as President of Spike included successfully shifting the network’s focus to target a more gender-balanced audience with brand-defining original hit series. Most notably, this includes the two-time Emmy®-nominated and, critically-acclaimed multiplatform megahit series, “Lip Sync Battle,” hosted by LL COOL J and Chrissy Teigen. The “Lip Sync Battle” franchise is a global phenomenon with original format versions airing in 14 countries, while the U.S. version airs in more than 120 territories spread out over six continents. The series has over one billion cross-platform views since the series launch and has two million subscribers to the LSB YouTube Channel. The Lip Sync brand grew exponentially in 2017 with the spinoff series “Lip Sync Battle: Shorties,” on sister network Nickelodeon, and various specials on BET and MTV.
Kay was also named to USA Today’s list of “Most Powerful Men in Mixed Martial Arts,” overseeing the evolution of the fast-rising MMA franchise, Bellator MMA. Under the leadership of Kay and Bellator President Scott Coker, Bellator MMA enjoyed record ratings, attendance, international expansion and a huge upgrade in talent on the roster in 2017. Bellator MMA can now be seen in over 140 countries worldwide featuring many of the best and most exciting fighters in the world along with rising stars. Prior to Spike’s partnership with Bellator MMA, Kay was instrumental in developing the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) into one of the fastest rising sports properties on television.
Kay also oversees Spike’s annual tentpole events including “One Night Only” and “Rock The Troops,” hosted by Dwayne Johnson. These star-studded events are a financial boon to Viacom, delivering some of the biggest names in Hollywood.
Over the last 14 years, under Kay’s leadership, Spike developed a robust and vibrant brand with the network’s original series including “Bar Rescue,” “Ink Master,” “TUT,” “Pros vs. Joes,” “MXC,” the original “Joe Schmo,” the event series “The Kill Point,” and tentpole events including the “Guys Choice Awards,” “Spike TV Video Game Awards,” and “Scream.”
Before joining Spike (which was previously TNN) in 2003, Kay served as Executive Vice President, Production and Original Series Development for Nickelodeon, Nick At Nite and TV Land. He was responsible for Nickelodeon’s program development and current series production activities. He oversaw the development of many Nickelodeon franchise hits, including the animated smash hit “SpongeBob SquarePants” and “The Fairly OddParents” as well as “The Brothers Garcia,” “The Amanda Show,” “The Nick Cannon Show” and “Jimmy Neutron.”
Kay first joined Nickelodeon as Executive in Charge of Production of the series “The Adventures of Pete & Pete” and also managed the production of “Weinerville” and the award-winning series, “Wildside.” He also provided the creative leadership in the development of classic Nickelodeon series as “Kenan & Kel” and “All That.”
Prior to joining Nickelodeon, Kay had a development deal with HBO Downtown Productions. He is the recipient of numerous honors, including two local Emmy® Awards for “New York at Night” and two Cable ACE awards for the Nickelodeon series “The Adventures of Pete & Pete.”
Kay splits his time between New York and Los Angeles.
| ||Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer||Yes|
David Kline is Viacom’s Chief Technology Officer. He provides strategic leadership for the company’s technology infrastructure and oversees Viacom’s Online Central Platform Technology and Interactive Services, Content Creation and Distribution Technology, Application Development and Information Security and Compliance.
During Mr. Kline’s five years with Viacom, he has led several successful initiatives including consolidating technology services across the organization to increase efficiency globally; implementing many core ERP systems such as SAP; driving innovation and efficiency across all aspects of technology to distribute our world-class content; and building the foundations of our business to consumer services and internal technology systems. All the while, Mr. Kline has developed and promoted a strong, diverse team of talented people to sustain these important goals and initiatives.
Mr. Kline joined Viacom in November 2010 after three years at Discovery Communications, where he had most recently been Executive Vice President of Technology and CTO. Prior to Discovery, Mr. Kline held senior technology roles at Rainbow Media, a unit of Cablevision Systems, for nearly 10 years.
| ||Executive Vice President, Global Government Affairs||Yes|
Ms. Lea brings two decades worth of leadership experience and institutional knowledge to Viacom as its Executive Vice President of Global Government Affairs, a position she has held since 2006. In this role, she oversees the development and execution of government relations strategy for the company both domestically and internationally.
Ms. Lea’s career at Viacom began in 1997 as its Vice President of Government Affairs, and continued as the department’s Senior Vice President. She also served as Vice President of Government Relations for Dallas-based television broadcasting company Belo Corporation, and as SVP of Government Relations for the National Association of Broadcasters.
Ms. Lea has been named by Black Enterprise Magazine as one of the Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America. NY Moves magazine named Ms. Lea one of its 2017 Power Women and is a recipient of NCTA Vanguard Award for Government and Community Relations.
Ms. Lea obtained a J.D. from Georgetown Law, and graduated cum laude from Howard University with a B.A. in Broadcast Managment. She currently sits on the boards of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and the MedStar Washington Hospital Center.
| ||Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, BET Networks||Yes|
Debra L. Lee is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Black Entertainment Television (BET) Networks, a unit of Viacom Inc. and the leading provider of entertainment for the African-American audience and consumers of Black culture globally. Ms. Lee oversees one of the most influential multiplatform media companies in the world, including several cable television networks and digital offerings.
BET Networks is committed to providing its audience with quality entertainment that speaks to where they are in their lives and where they want to go. Under her leadership, Ms. Lee has led the company’s successful reinvigorated brand and successful programming vision that has created hits such as "The New Edition Story," "Real Husbands of Hollywood," "Being Mary Jane," "The BET Awards," "Black Girls Rock!," "BET Honors" and many more. Ms. Lee’s vision for BET’s reinvigorated approach is built on supporting families, embracing and encouraging their dreams, and focusing on the issues that are important to them.
She also oversees the company’s current growth initiatives, including international distribution of the brand in Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, France, the Middle East and sub-Saharan Africa.
Prior to her being named Chairman and CEO, Ms. Lee was President and Chief Operating Officer of BET Networks for almost 10 years, during which she guided the company to consistent increases in viewership, revenue and earnings. She first joined BET as Vice President and General Counsel in 1986 after serving more than five years as an attorney with Washington, D.C.-based Steptoe & Johnson, a corporate law firm. Prior to that, she served as a law clerk to the late Honorable Barrington Parker of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.
Named one of The Hollywood Reporter’s 100 Most Powerful Women in Entertainment, Ms. Lee’s achievements in a 25-plus year career at BET Networks have earned her numerous accolades from across the cable industry, as well as recognition as one of this country’s most respected business executives. Ms. Lee was honored with the Distinguished Leadership Vanguard Award by the National Cable & Telecommunications Association and inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. Most recently, Ms. Lee was celebrated as an Icon at the 2017 Grammy Salute to Industry Icons for her major contributions to American music and culture through BET. This distinguished honor was presented by Clive Davis and The Recording Academy. She is the first woman to receive this honor.
Affiliated with a number of professional, civic and cultural organizations, she serves as the President of the Board of Trustees for The Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation and is a member of the Board of Trustees for The American Film Institute, Brown University’s Center for Slavery & Justice, The Paley Center for Media, and The USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. Additionally, Ms. Lee was appointed by President Obama to the White House Management Advisory Board and is a member emeritus of the Federal Communications Commission’s Advisory Committee on Diversity for Communications in the Digital Age. She also currently serves on the Board of Directors for former President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Alliance.
Ms. Lee earned her juris doctorate at Harvard Law School, while simultaneously earning a master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government. She graduated from Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in political science with an emphasis in Asian politics. In 2014 she was awarded with a Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D.) from Brown University.
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| ||Chief Operating Officer, Viacom Media Networks||Yes|
Sarah Kirshbaum Levy is the Chief Operating Officer of Viacom Media Networks. In this role, she oversees operations and strategy for MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, BET, VH1, Spike, CMT, TV Land, Logo, and Viacom International Media Networks. Her responsibilities include management of Multiplatform Product, Production Management and Operations, Program Acquisitions, Strategy, Research & Audience Science, Content Distribution, Finance, Business and Legal Affairs and Human Resources. She is also charged with managing emerging businesses, including Consumer Products and Live Events for the brands.
Ms. Kirshbaum Levy recently served as the COO of the Viacom Kids & Family Group, where she directed strategic planning, financial and business operations for Nickelodeon, TV Land and CMT. During her 19-year tenure at Viacom, she has led a diverse range of departments and businesses within the company, from consumer products to TV networks to ad sales. Her work has been instrumental in securing several key acquisitions for Viacom, including the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles global franchise.
Prior to her role as COO of the Kids & Family Group, Ms. Kirshbaum Levy served as COO for Nickelodeon. She began her career with Nick in 1998 as Director of Business Development.
Ms. Kirshbaum Levy received a B.A. in Economics from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Prior to business school, she worked at The Walt Disney Co. and at Goldman Sachs & Co.
She serves as a member of the Board of the Lucius N. Littauer Foundation and lives in New York City with her husband and two children.
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| ||President, CEO, Viacom International Media Networks||Yes|
David Lynn is President and Chief Executive Officer of Viacom International Media Networks, giving him management oversight of all of Viacom's media networks and related businesses outside the U.S.
Prior to assuming this role in January 2017, Mr. Lynn was President of VIMN UK, Northern and Eastern Europe from 2014, having been Executive Vice President, Managing Director of the group since March 2007. In this role he was responsible for the largest of Viacom’s geographic divisions outside the U.S., encompassing the company’s operations in 33 European countries including the UK, Hungary, Poland, Russia and Scandinavia. The group has grown profitability under Mr. Lynn’s management in every year since 2010 thanks, in particular, to increased share of viewing in the UK driven by success with local commissions and an expanding distribution footprint, including the first launch of Spike outside the U.S.
Mr. Lynn led the acquisition of Channel 5 Broadcasting in 2014 and its successful integration into Viacom. Under his management, Channel 5 has performed strongly, reporting the highest operating profit in its 20-year history in the financial year to 30th September 2016.
He was also previously responsible for Viacom’s distribution strategy outside the U.S., overseeing deals with key international affiliates and securing distribution for Viacom content on video-on-demand platforms.
From December 2004, Mr. Lynn served as Senior Vice President, Managing Director, for Nickelodeon UK. Under his direction, Nickelodeon became the UK’s most popular children’s TV network, launched Nick Jr. and kick-started its digital strategy. Prior to this, Mr. Lynn worked for Paramount Comedy Channel in the UK from 1999 onwards, rising to become General Manager and moving the business into profit, as well as securing channel launches for the brand in Spain and Italy.
Mr. Lynn is a member of Viacom’s Global Inclusion Advisory Committee and has championed the company’s diversity strategy in the UK with Channel 5 re-joining the Creative Diversity Network.
| ||President, MTV, VH1 & Logo Group||Yes|
Chris McCarthy was named President of MTV, VH1 and Logo in October 2016. An engineer by training and a creative at heart, McCarthy brings an entrepreneurial and audience-first approach to developing content and building powerful brands.
In less than a year at MTV, McCarthy has already elevated and reinvented existing hits (“Catfish,” “The Challenge”), successfully launched new shows (“Siesta Key,” “Fear Factor”) and effectively fast tracked digital by harnessing the power of the brand’s iconic IP on platforms including Snapchat and Musical.ly. With three of the top ten unscripted shows on cable, MTV is now a top #5 network and September marked the fourth consecutive month of year-over-year ratings growth, a first in six years. Additionally, MTV just closed out three consecutive quarters of quarter-to-quarter growth in share, the longest streak in 15 years.
Prior to becoming President of MTV, McCarthy was General Manager of VH1 in July 2015 before being promoted to President of VH1 and Logo in May 2016.
Since McCarthy's arrival at VH1, the network just closed out its ninth consecutive quarter of year over year growth. In 2017, VH1 has delivered its highest ratings in seven years with five of the top ten unscripted shows on cable.
Under McCarthy, VH1 unveiled the brand position of “where pop culture comes to party” in conjunction with an expansive slate that includes a tenth season of the Emmy® Award-winning hit “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” a nostalgic take on reality with “90’s House” and more of the buzzy “Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner,” “Hip Hop Squares” and “America’s Next Top Model” to name a few. In addition, he’s elevated #1 hits “Love & Hip Hop” and “Black Ink Crew” to all-time highs.
At Logo, McCarthy transformed the brand into the dominant LGBTQ digital destination and led record ratings growth as the only network in all of cable to achieve ten consecutive quarters of year over year growth. McCarthy established its multiple Emmy award winning documentary division, brought "RuPaul's Drag Race" to new heights including its first Emmy, created “Trailblazer Honors” which recognizes the LGBTQ pioneers whose shoulders we stand on today, and continues to be on the vanguard of culture when the network became the first U.S. broadcaster to air the international phenomenon Eurovision Song Contest.
Prior to joining VH1, McCarthy held the dual roles of Executive Vice President at large for MTV and General Manager of its digital networks, Logo TV, MTV2 and mtvU.
As the GM of MTV’s digital networks, McCarthy led the group to four years of consecutive growth. At MTV2, McCarthy relaunched the network into a male-targeted Millennial brand, developing hits including "Guy Code," "Nitro Circus Live," "Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family" and "Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out." As a result, MTV2 achieved four years of record ratings growth and has become a top ten cable network for M12-24.
McCarthy served as the Executive Vice President for MTV from 2010 to 2014 and oversaw all strategy, planning and operations across the world's premier youth entertainment brand. During this time the business saw four years of record growth across all metrics, and launched such landmark series as "Jersey Shore," "Teen Mom," "16 & Pregnant," "Teen Wolf," and "Catfish."
The recipient of multiple Emmys and a Peabody Award, McCarthy earned an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science with Honors in Commerce and Engineering from Drexel University.
| ||President, BET Networks||Yes|
Scott M. Mills is President of BET Networks, where he leads overall strategy, creative and business operations.
Previously, Scott served as Viacom's Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, where his responsibilities included Human Resources, Technology, Real Estate, Programming Acquisitions, Facilities and Security.
Prior to this, Scott was President and Chief Operating Officer of BET Networks. Scott also previously served as BET Networks’ Chief Financial Officer and President of Digital Media. Before becoming CFO, he was Executive Vice President and COO of BET Interactive.
Prior to joining BET, Scott was a Vice President in investment banking who focused on infrastructure financing. Scott also served as Deputy Treasurer of the City of Philadelphia. A native of New York, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Scott is a Director of the Principal Financial Group. Scott is also a member of the Undergraduate Executive Board of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
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| ||Head of Marketing & Partner Solutions||Yes|
Sean Moran is Head of Marketing & Partner Solutions for Viacom, overseeing all advertising sales for some of the biggest media brands in the world, including Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Paramount Network, CMT, Logo, TV Land and VH1.
Mr. Moran spearheads a team that develops innovative, data-driven ideas for advertisers looking to redefine the relationship between audiences and leading brands, offering solutions across platforms, from linear television to digital to social to live events. A pioneer in advanced advertising solutions, Viacom – led by Mr. Moran and his team – uses Vantage, its leading data engine, to help advertisers understand their audiences and how to reach them through best-in-class audience insights, predictive modeling, continual optimization and measurement. Under Mr. Moran’s guidance, and along with partners Fox and Turner, Viacom founded OpenAP, the industry’s first open platform for cross-publisher advanced audience targeting and independent measurement.
Mr. Moran also leads Viacom Velocity, the company’s full-service brand studio, which seamlessly integrates brand into the cultural conversation with custom content across all of Viacom’s platforms and experiences.
Over the course of his career, Mr. Moran’s ability to connect with partners and audiences alike has led him to develop and maintain deep, successful relationships with a wide range of clients and advertising agencies, including AT&T, Coca Cola, Ford Motor Co., General Motors, OMG, Group M, IPG, McDonald’s, PepsiCo, Proctor & Gamble, Sony Pictures Entertainment Corp., T-Mobile, Taco Bell, Toyota Motors, Unilever, Universal Pictures, Verizon, Walmart and Publicis Media, among many others.
Prior to his current role, Mr. Moran was Executive Vice President of Advertising Sales for a portfolio of Viacom’s brands including MTV, VH1, CMT, Spike, Comedy Central, TV Land and Logo. Previously, Mr. Moran was EVP of National Advertising Sales, MTV 360 Brands, where he was responsible for the MTV suite of networks and websites. Before MTV, he served in multiple senior roles at VH1, successfully promoting the re-energized brand and its new direction to the advertising community, as well as managing the upfront planning and strategy for the brand nationwide. Mr. Moran began his career in television advertising sales with Turner Broadcasting Systems, Inc. as a Sales Service Executive in the Turner Sports division.
A former professional basketball player in the Welsh and Portuguese leagues, Mr. Moran has served on the Advisory Board of Peace Players International (PPI) since 2006. PPI operates on the premise that via the game of basketball, “children who play together can live together.” Mr. Moran is also a board member of The Ad Council, and sits on the Advisory Board of the Fiver Children’s Foundation, a comprehensive youth development organization that empowers children from underserved communities to develop life skills and to reach their full potential.
Mr. Moran lives in Rumson, New Jersey with his wife, Marion, and their four sons.
| ||Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer||Yes|
As Chief People Officer for Viacom, Fukiko Ogisu manages the company’s human resources organization and associated functions, as well as oversees Viacom’s security services.
Prior to assuming her current role in 2018, Ogisu served as Senior Vice President of Viacom HR Business Operations & Information Solutions, where she led the Talent (Learning & Development, Organizational Effectiveness and Employee Engagement), HR Information and Analysis, HR Operations, and Greenroom company portal teams.
Prior to joining Viacom in 2008, Ogisu spent more than a decade at Microsoft on product and business teams across the company. Before joining Microsoft, Ogisu worked as an editor at Encyclopædia Britannica. She launched her career at Japan's largest daily newspaper, Yomiuri Shimbun.
Ogisu holds an MA in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from The University of Chicago and graduated from Duke University with a degree in comparative area studies, modern Russia and Japan. Ogisu is an Army Brat and grew up living around the U.S. (Oklahoma, Virginia, Louisiana, and California) and outside the U.S. (Germany, Japan, and Okinawa).
| ||Executive Vice President, Communications, Culture and Marketing||Yes|
Julia Phelps is Executive Vice President of Communications, Culture and Marketing at Viacom, overseeing Corporate Communications, Corporate Marketing, Corporate Responsibility, Special Events and the Catalyst creative services group. Ms. Phelps reports to Bob Bakish, President and Chief Executive Officer of Viacom.
Prior to assuming this role in October 2017, Ms. Phelps acted as Executive Vice President of Communications for Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN). In this role, Ms. Phelps was responsible for VIMN’s communications strategy, positioning and brand publicity for Viacom’s businesses outside of the U.S. She also managed internal communications across VIMN’s 35 offices and international communications around the division’s key lines of business, international mergers and acquisitions, and new channel and product launches.
Before assuming her role at VIMN, Ms. Phelps served as Vice President of Corporate Communications for Viacom, where she managed communications strategy around a variety of external and internal initiatives, including executive communications, ad sales, content distribution and marketing, and corporate responsibility.
Ms. Phelps joined Viacom in 2005 from DeVries Public Relations, a New York-based communications agency. A native of Canada, Ms. Phelps holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Victoria in British Columbia, and an M.S. in strategic communications from Columbia University.
| ||Chief Data Officer and Executive Vice President||Yes|
Kern Schireson is Chief Data Officer and Executive Vice President at Viacom responsible for expanding Viacom’s market-leading data capabilities across all areas of the company’s domestic and international business, including its television, theatrical, events, consumer products, and digital business units.
Mr. Schireson previously served as Viacom’s Executive Vice President of Data Strategy and Consumer Intelligence, where he oversaw the Strategic Insights and Research team as well as the Audience Science, Data Strategy, and Corporate Business Development teams. He played an instrumental role in the creation of Viacom Vantage, Viacom’s data-driven advertising initiative and the launch of Viacom’s 2016 Datafront, a first-of-its-kind event for the industry, which explored how data strategy is redefining television.
Prior to joining Viacom, Mr. Schireson served as CEO of Schireson Associates – an insights and strategy consultancy that he founded. In over a decade at Schireson, he led the development of innovative product and brand strategy for some of the world’s leading companies including Amazon, American Express, Intel, Microsoft, Nestle, and many others,
Prior to founding Schireson Associates, Mr. Schireson led the Marketing and Product teams at Informative an online market research firm that pioneered a technology for combining structured and unstructured data to derive rich context. Prior to Informative, Mr. Schireson served as a senior executive in Product Management and Marketing roles at two venture-funded startups in the US and UK and was the Chairman of an educational non-profit that recruited, trained, and placed at-risk young adults into entry level jobs in technology support.
Early in his career Mr. Schireson specialized in network security and was responsible for the design and management of some of the largest private networks in the world. He has lectured extensively on this topic, written two advanced courses, and published a column in PC Magazine.
| ||Executive Vice President and Global Head of Inclusion Strategy, Viacom; Executive Vice President, Public Affairs and Chief of Staff, Nickelodeon Group||Yes|
Marva Smalls is the Executive Vice President and Global Head of Inclusion Strategy for Viacom and Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Chief of Staff for the Nickelodeon Group. She reports directly to Viacom President and Chief Executive Officer, Bob Bakish.
As EVP and Global Head of Inclusion Strategy, Ms. Smalls works with company leadership to champion multiculturalism, inclusiveness and diversity worldwide through employee engagement and strategic partnerships. She has established and developed best-in-class diversity and inclusion initiatives, including Viacom’s employee resource groups, and advisory councils that foster a collaborative culture while driving innovation and business results. Under her leadership, Viacom has garnered top recognitions by GLAAD, Human Rights Campaign, NAACP and Working Mother, among others.
As Chief of Staff for Viacom’s Nickelodeon Group, Ms. Smalls partners with the President in directing financial resources, personnel and strategy. In her role as EVP of Public Affairs, she oversees all corporate social responsibility initiatives for Nickelodeon, including award-winning pro-social campaigns that have been recognized by presidential administrations and supported by leaders across the entertainment industry.
Before joining Viacom in 1993, Ms. Smalls was the Chief of Staff for U.S. Congressman Robin Tallon (D-SC) and served in the administration of Governor Richard Riley. She was the first African-American Chief of Staff for a white Southern Member of Congress.
Ms. Smalls is a founding board member of the Performing Arts Center in Florence, SC, and the Corporate Director of the National Bank of South Carolina. She serves on the University of South Carolina Presidential Advisory Committee and the boards of the Medical University of South Carolina Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York, National Council for Families and Television, The American Theatre Wing and the International African-American Museum.
Ms. Smalls holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of South Carolina, where she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities. Additionally, she founded the university’s Marva Smalls Endowment, which has awarded more than $1 million to programs for youth and families, as well as a $1 million endowment for the Ronald McNair Center to support engineering students from the under-represented populations.
Her work has been honored by numerous national organizations including NAMIC, The National Action Network, and the T. Howard Foundation among others.
She resides in New York and South Carolina.
| ||Chief Transformation Officer||Yes|
Jose Tolosa is the Chief Transformation Officer of Viacom, a position he assumed in November 2017. In this role, Mr. Tolosa guides the company’s transformation agenda, overseeing a team responsible for developing and executing initiatives to support and accelerate the evolution of Viacom’s media business and grow its consumer products, recreation and events businesses. He reports directly to Viacom President and CEO Bob Bakish.
Mr. Tolosa previously served as Chief Operating Officer of Viacom International Media Networks since 2015, leading the company’s international growth strategy to extend its pay-TV footprint in key markets and increase opportunities for consumers to access VIMN content across multiple viewing platforms. In addition to his role as COO, Mr. Tolosa was Executive Vice President of Global Strategy at Viacom Media Networks, heading a group of divisional strategy heads in crafting and executing a unified global strategic path for all of Viacom’s teen- and adult-oriented brands.
Prior to his positions as COO and EVP of Global Strategy, Mr. Tolosa served as the Executive Vice President of Strategy, Business Development and Operations for VIMN from 2013, and Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development from 2009. During that time, he worked with VIMN’s management teams to implement business plans, identify new growth opportunities, oversee key M&A transactions and deliver important operational improvement opportunities.
In his ten-year career at Viacom, Mr. Tolosa has also acted in a number of pan-regional business development and strategy responsibilities in Latin America, Japan and India. Before joining Viacom, he was co-founder and COO at the HNMA Funding Company and held roles at The Parthenon Group, Bear Stearns and Co. and Claxson Interactive Group.
A native of Puerto Rico, Mr. Tolosa holds an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School and graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University with a B.S. in Finance and Accounting.
| ||President, Nickelodeon Group||Yes|
Ms. Zarghami has served as President of Nickelodeon, overseeing all creative and business operations for the company, since 2006.
She began her career with Nickelodeon in 1985, and has nurtured the continued growth and expansion of the Nickelodeon brand in television, feature films, digital, consumer products and travel and recreation while ensuring it has remained true to its primary mission of serving and being inclusive of all kids. Under Ms. Zarghami’s leadership, Nickelodeon has been the number-one rated U.S. cable network in total day for more than 16 consecutive years.