CBS CEO George Cheeks is scrambling to shore up morale at CBS News, dialing back demands that staffers work nights and weekends as they lament conditions under the struggling network’s hard-driving boss. Results from an annual “well-being survey” about employee satisfaction at Paramount Global — home to CBS, Showtime, MTV and Comedy Central — revealed particularly bad scores from CBS News employees, according to one source close to the company.
ViacomCBS has restructured its international reporting structure, bringing its global business under the control of a trio of U.S. execs. Chris McCarthy (l), Brian Robbins (c) and George Cheeks (r) have all been promoted as part of the move. Cheeks, who is president-CEO, CBS Entertainment Group, will expand his role to include responsibility for a global content strategy across ViacomCBS’ free-to-air networks around the world. These include Channel 5 in the U.K., Telefe in Argentina and Network Ten in Australia. McCarthy and Robbins have added global oversight for their brand groups — MTV Entertainment Group and Nickelodeon. There are no specifics but word is that, like with Cheeks, the oversight is content-related and includes programming and marketing.
ViacomCBS has made it official today: Joe Ianniello, chairman and CEO of CBS, will be leaving the company. George Cheeks has been appointed president and CEO of CBS Entertainment Group, effective March 23.
George Cheeks, vice chairman of NBCUniversal Content Studios, has stepped down after nearly eight years with the company and is poised to join ViacomCBS as a successor to Joe Ianniello as the head of CBS’s operations within the newly merged company.
NBCUniversal today unveiled management changes that will see Bonnie Hammer shift from launching the Peacock streaming platform to overseeing all broadcast and cable studio operations. Comcast vet Matt Strauss is joining NBCU as the new head of Peacock, while Paul Telegdy will become the solo chairman of NBC Entertainment, multiple sources close to the situation have confirmed. George Cheeks, who has spent the past years as co-chair of the NBC Entertainment broadcast division alongside Telegdy, will shift to a vice chair role under Hammer.
Four months into their run as Co-Chairmen of NBC Entertainment, where they replaced Bob Greenblatt, George Cheeks and Paul Telegdy offered their first public comments about their roles and the TV landscape during a keynote session at NATPE.
It’s official: Bob Greenblatt’s tenure as NBC Entertainment has come to an end. NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke, in a memo to staff Monday morning, officially announced that George Cheeks and Paul Telegdy would take over for Greenblatt and serve as co-chairmen of NBC Entertainment.
NBCUniversal is firming up its executive ranks after longtime executive Jeff Wachtel’s departure for an international position. Dawn Olmstead and George Cheeks have been promoted to co-presidents of Universal Cable Productions and Wilshire Studios, reporting to NBCU Cable Entertainment chairman Bonnie Hammer. Additionally, Bill McGoldrick has been upped from EVP of scripted content to president of scripted content at NBCU Cable Entertainment. He will now report to Hammer.
NBCUniversal Broadcasting ChairmanTed Harbert is leaving the company and his duties are being divvied up. With his departure, NBC Sports chief Mark Lazarus will expand duties and oversee the O&Os and affiliate relations, although those units will continued to be run by Valari Staab and Jean Dietze, respectively. NBCU execs George Cheeks and Paul Telegdy will assume Harbert’s oversight of NBC’s first-run syndication business, which is headed by Ed Swindler.
NBC has promoted George Cheeks to president of business operations and latenight programming. The network veteran will now oversee all NBC late-night programming, including Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night With Seth Meyers and Last Call With Carson Daly. Cheeks will also retain oversight of business affairs for NBC Entertainment, still reporting to Bob Greenblatt.
George Cheeks has just been named head of latenight television at NBC, adding it to his existing portfolio. Cheeks, who spends about half his time in New York, will work with Alternative and Late Night Programming President Paul Telegdy overseeing latenight. His new title will be EVP business operations and latenight, NBC Entertainment.
Beginning this fall, George Cheeks will assume the position of EVP of business operations for both the network and studio.