Joe Ianniello Carves Post-CBS Path With Media SPAC

Joe Ianniello hopes to take advantage of M&A shakeups and technological disruption in media as he launches his a media-focused SPAC with a number of fellow CBS Corp. veterans. The former chief operating officer and CEO of CBS sees his next move as partnering with former peers in Big Media to acquire and help manage assets that may no longer be top priority for a large conglomerate, but are still big businesses.

Former CBS CEO Joe Ianniello Launches SPAC, Eyes Media Deals

Former longtime CBS executive Joseph Ianniello has launched a special purpose acquisition company, or SPAC, with a handful of former colleagues to scout for acquisitions in media, entertainment and sports. The firm called Argus Capital Corp, filed with the SEC Thursday to raise up to $300 million, offering 30 million units at $10. Ianniello is chairman and CEO of the group.

Former CBS Chief Ianniello Made $129M In 2019

Joe Ianniello, who formerly led CBS Corp., made $125.4 million in compensation and severance packages from ViacomCBS last year according to the company’s annual proxy filing with the SEC.


Univision Suitor Seeks To Recruit CBS Chief

Joe Ianniello, who oversees CBS assets at ViacomCBS, hasn’t decided whether to join Platinum Equity’s bid for the Spanish-language broadcaster.

CBS CEO Ianniello Expected To Leave In Spring

CBS CEO Joe Ianniello is expected to depart from ViacomCBS in the spring, according to two individuals familiar with the situation.

ViacomCBS Remakes Executive Ranks

As chief Bob Bakish installs a new tier of toppers and cuts costs, No. 2 Joe Ianniello might exit even sooner than many expect.

CBS Rushes To Get CEO Out Of Testifying

Will CBS CEO Joseph Ianniello have to take the witness stand at a trial next month and talk about Leslie Moonves and the company’s problems on the “me too” front? On Monday, CBS took steps to avoid that possibility.

CBS Exec To Receive $100M Package

Acting CBS Chief Executive Joe Ianniello, who will become chairman and CEO of CBS once Viacom merges with CBS, will bank a hefty payout of $100 million when the deal closes, sources say. That’s up from the $70 million he was already set to pocket in severance for not being named head of the newly combined company — despite staying on in his current job.

CBS Chief Ianniello Touts Reforms

With his company poised to merge once more with fellow media conglomorate Viacom, CEO Joe Ianniello on Tuesday addressed CBS’s diversity and inclusion efforts in a company-wide memo.

Can Ianniello Pave CBS’s Future Under Viacom?

Once the heir apparent to disgraced CBS chief Leslie Moonves, Joe Ianniello will now steer the legendary media company through its second incarnation with Viacom.

CBS And Viacom Set Merged Structure

CBS and Viacom appear to have settled the question of who will run the combined entity when the Great Reunion finally occurs, perhaps as soon as next Thursday. Bob Bakish, currently CEO of Viacom, is in line to head the merged company, sources familiar with the proposed structure tell Deadline. Joe Ianniello, who has been acting CEO of CBS, will continue to run the CBS assets in a senior role.

Ianniello: Sports Betting A ‘Huge’ Opportunity

CBS Corp. sees sports betting as a “huge” and growing business opportunity as it gets legalized in more states, particularly in terms of advertising revenue, acting CEO Joe Ianniello told an investor conference Wednesday. He said: “It’s an advertising play for us. It’s digital advertising, the demographics are very favorable, so we are leaning into that with our trusted brands — CBS Sports HQ, CBSN, ET Live.”

CBS Suspends CEO Search, Ianniello Extended

CBS has called off its search for a permanent CEO, at least for now. Joe Ianniello has agreed to extend his role as president and acting CEO for six additional months through Dec. 31.

CBS Insiders See Strong Case For Ianniello As CEO

With David Nevins, a so-called content guy, installed in a chief creative role, it looks more logical for the CBS board to settle on a numbers guy, like Joe Ianniello, […]

CBS Extends COO Ianniello’s Contract

CBS Corp. Chief Operating Officer Joe Ianniello will be sticking around Black Rock through mid-2022 thanks to a new contract that took effect this month.