CBS Corp. said that Marc DeBevoice will become president and CEO of CBS Interactive when Jim Lanzone steps down at the end of the year. Lanzone, who has been in charge of CBS’s digital assets since 2011, will become an executive-in-residence at Benchmark Capital.
It marks the newest expansion of major market local news streaming services from CBS and features local news content produced by WBZ-TV.
It is the first major local market streaming service from CBS and features local news content produced by WCBS and WLNY.
CBSN Local services will feature local news content produced by CBS Owned Stations. CBSN New York will be first, launching during the fourth quarter of 2018.
Among them, Christy Tanner has been promoted and will now work more closely with CBS News President David Rhodes.
Marc DeBevoise is taking a step up from his previous role as EVP and GM of CBS Digital Media. His new job, which also adds COO to his title, entails heading up strategy and operations for all of CBS Interactive’s 25-plus brands and CNET.
CBS Interactive has started a new group to create custom-branded content for marketers. Studio 61 will be a dedicated in-house team charged with producing custom content running on CBS Interactive platforms — including short- and long-form video, social-media content, infographics and custom data integrations.
CBS has broken its standoff with Hulu by providing some shows to the video site’s service in Japan. But don’t expect that to mean a thaw with Hulu in the U.S., where CBS wants big-money rights fees to distribute content online, according to CBS Interactive president Jim Lanzone, who said the site would only damage the network’s brand in the U.S.
More bodies moving around at CBS’ digital division: Last week, the broadcaster bought Clicker.com for a reported $100 million, and put its CEO Jim Lanzone in charge of CBS Interactive. Now, CBS Interactive entertainment head Anthony Soohoo says he’s leaving.
Neal Ashe, the longtime CEO of CNET who became president of CBS Interactive, is leaving CBS. No successor has been named as the company looks at a “relaxed time frame” to seek a replacement.