Nuñez To Lead CBS Global Distribution Group
Armando Nuñez today was named president and chief executive officer of the CBS Global Distribution Group and chief content licensing officer of CBS Corp. This newly created position, reporting to Joe Ianniello, president and acting chief executive officer, CBS Corp., reorganizes CBS’s content licensing, domestic syndication and international distribution into one division under Nuñez.
The appointment of Nuñez follows the recent announcement of Paul Franklin’s retirement and Scott Koondel establishing his own production and distribution company. Franklin was the company’s head of domestic syndication, and Koondel was the previous chief content licensing officer.
“CBS is a global premium content company,” said Ianniello. “This reorganization establishes a focused structure for content monetization of our shows across all platforms, both domestically and internationally, under an accomplished worldwide distribution leader.
“Armando is a best-in-class executive with strong client relationships on every continent and an impressive track record for creating business opportunities and distribution strategies that maximize revenue for CBS programming.”
In his new role, Nuñez will assume oversight of the company’s content licensing to domestic and international distribution partners across all platforms: cable, broadcast television and on-demand services. He will be responsible for a growing portfolio of CBS-owned original content that airs on the CBS Television Network, The CW, CBS All Access, Showtime and non-CBS platforms, as well as a library of more than 10,000 episodes of programming.
Nuñez will also continue as head of CBS Studios International, whose varied businesses include worldwide distribution and format sales for content from all CBS Corp. programming areas. The division also manages 11 channel ventures covering 109 territories, the company’s ownership of Network Ten in Australia, international co-productions and local content production, and coordinates with CBS Interactive to support the company’s global rollout of CBS All Access.
In addition, Nunez will also re-assume leadership of CBS Television Distribution, which produces and distributes seven of the top 10 first-run shows in syndication: Entertainment Tonight, Dr. Phil, Inside Edition, Rachael Ray, Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy and Judge Judy.
Previously, Nuñez led a combined CBS domestic syndication and international distribution group from 2012 to 2016. For the past two years, he has focused on CBS’s rapidly expanding international business.
Nuñez has led CBS’s international operations since joining the company in 1999 as president, CBS Broadcast International. In January 2000, following the merger of CBS Television and King World Productions, he assumed the role of president, CBS Broadcast International and EVP of CBS Enterprises.
He was named president, CBS Studios International (formerly CBS Paramount International Television) in August 2004, following the merger of CBS Broadcast International and Paramount International Television.