John Nogawski is leaving his post as president of CBS Television Distribution, the top supplier of syndicated shows to TV stations. He’s being succeeded by Armando Nuñez, who will head both domestic and international distribution.
John Nogawski is stepping down as president of CBS Television Distribution in a reorganization that folds the distributor of Judge Judy, Entertainment Tonight, Dr. Phil, Jeopardy and other popular syndication mainstays into CBS Studios International under Armando Nuñez, it was announced this afternoon.
As head of both domestic and international distribution, Nuñez will hold the title of president and CEO of CBS Global Distribution Group.
The press release announcing the move provided no explanation, saying only that Nogawski will be “leaving the company after assisting with the transition.”
It also suggested that there would be no other immediate changes. Departments heads at CBS Television Distribution and CBS Studios International will report directly to Nuñez, it said.
Nogawski has led CBS Television Distribution since it was created through the 2006 merger of CBS Paramount Domestic TV and King World.
During his tenure, the unit has managed CBS’s vast library and renewed carriage agreements for many of the mainstays, but struggled to come up with new first-run syndication winners. This fall’s entry, The Jeff Probst Show, is off to a disappointing start.
Nuñez has headed the international division since 1999. According to CBS, under his leadership, the division has grown to more than $1 billion in annual revenue.
CBS also credits him with expanding the international licensing of CBS programming to emerging digital, satellite, on-demand and SVOD platforms, Netflix in Canada, the UK 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 CBS CEO Leslie Moonves in a prepared statement.
“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.”
In a statement, Nunez said he looks “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 assumed the roles of president, CBS Broadcast International and EVP, CBS Enterprises. He was named president, CBS Studios International in August 2004, following the merger of CBS Broadcast International and Paramount International Television.
Nuñez has held leadership positions in international distribution for the past 25 years. Prior to joining CBS, he served as president, Universal Television. In that role, he oversaw all program sales worldwide, as well as the division’s expansion in new areas of distribution.
From 1994-1997, Nuñez was president, New World International Television Distribution, with responsibility for international sales, marketing and co-production. From 1992 to 1994, Nuñez was EVP, international sales, Viacom Enterprises.
Before the merger with King World, Nogawski had been president of CBS Paramount Domestic TV since 2002. In that role, he spearheaded the digital remastering of the original Star Trek series, which returned to broadcast syndication in an HD format with all-new special effects after a 16-year absence from over-the-air TV.
Previously, Nogawski was president, distribution, Paramount Domestic Television, a position he held since 1999.
He first joined Paramount in 1983, became an account executive in the division in 1985 and was named VP, eastern regional manager, in New York in 1990. In 1992, he relocated to Los Angeles as SVP general sales manager, and was named EVP, general sales manager, in 1994.