Oct 02 2012




Newly Created Position To Lead CBS’s

Combined Domestic and International Programming Distribution Business

LOS ANGELES – Armando Nuñez has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of the CBS Global Distribution Group, a newly created position that will lead CBS’s combined domestic and international television distribution business, it was announced today by Leslie Moonves, President and Chief Executive Officer, CBS Corporation.

Nuñez, who has served as President of CBS’s international television division since 1999, will now oversee a streamlined worldwide television distribution operation that includes CBS Television Distribution, a preeminent syndicator of first-run and off-network programming, and CBS Studios International, which licenses CBS programming worldwide to more than 200 markets across multiple media platforms.

His expanded purview will include a domestic television company that features seven of the top 10 first-run syndicated shows – including long-running franchises such as JUDGE JUDY, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, DR. PHIL, WHEEL OF FORTUNE and JEOPARDY! – with the international arm that has grown into the top supplier of U.S. programming in Europe, featuring CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, the most-watched show in the world. 

Under Nuñez’ leadership, CBS Studios International revenues have grown to more than $1 billion annually, and over the last three years he has forged international channel ventures for CBS in the UK, India, Australia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa that reach 105 million households.  He has also expanded the international licensing of CBS programming to emerging digital, satellite, on-demand and SVOD platforms, including deals with 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 Moonves.  “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.”

“Our business is increasingly looking at program distribution and content value through a global lens,” said Nuñez.  “From hit network shows to syndication franchises to a deep and diverse library, no one has bigger and better content than CBS.  I look 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.”

In the newly combined structure, department heads from both CBS Television Distribution and CBS Studios International will report directly to Nuñez.

John Nogawski, President of CBS Television Distribution, will be leaving the Company after assisting with the transition.

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 role of President, CBS Broadcast International and Executive Vice President, 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.

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 1992-1994, Nuñez was Executive Vice President, International Sales, Viacom Enterprises. 

Nuñez currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Fordham University, his alma mater, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing.

About CBS Corporation:

CBS Corporation (NYSE: CBS.A and CBS) is a mass media company that creates and distributes industry-leading content across a variety of platforms to audiences around the world. The Company has businesses with origins that date back to the dawn of the broadcasting age as well as new ventures that operate on the leading edge of media. CBS owns the most-watched television network in the U.S. and one of the world’s largest libraries of entertainment content, making its brand – “the Eye” – one of the most recognized in business. The Company’s operations span virtually every field of media and entertainment, including cable, publishing, radio, local TV, film, outdoor advertising, and interactive and socially responsible media. CBS’s businesses include CBS Television Network, The CW (a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment), Showtime Networks, CBS Sports Network, Smithsonian Networks, Simon & Schuster, CBS Television Stations, CBS Radio, CBS Outdoor, CBS Television Studios, CBS Studios International, CBS Television Distribution, CBS Interactive, CBS Consumer Products, CBS Home Entertainment, CBS Films and CBS EcoMedia. For more information, go to www.cbscorporation.com.

About CBS Studios International:

CBS Studios International is the leading supplier of programming to the international television marketplace, licensing to more than 200 markets in more than 30 languages across multiple media platforms.  The Studio participates in international channel ventures, currently comprised of 22 channels in 18 languages across 87 territories reaching more than 100 million international households. CBS Studios International also exports a diverse line up of formats for local production around the world.  The division distributes content from CBS Television Studios, CBS Television Distribution, Showtime, CBS News, CBS Films and a library of more than 70,000 hours of programming.  CBS Studios International is a division of CBS Corporation.

About CBS Television Distribution:

CBS Television Distribution is the preeminent company in television syndication.  CTD produces or distributes 12 first-run series and holds the largest distributed television library at 70,000 hours strong.  Among CTD’s critically-acclaimed programs are the #1 syndicated series Judge Judy; talk leader Dr. Phil; the #1 and #2 rated game shows Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!; the Emmy Award-winning talk shows Rachael Ray and The Doctors; the #1 newsmagazine Entertainment Tonight and its sister show The Insider; the #2 newsmagazine Inside Edition; the court show Judge Joe Brown; and the new talker The Jeff Probst Show; as well as popular off-network product, including the CSI and Star Trek franchises, Everybody Loves Raymond, Frasier, NCIS, Criminal Minds, NCIS: Los Angeles, The Good Wife, Blue Bloods, Hawaii Five-0, Hot in Cleveland and Undercover Boss.  In addition, CTD handles the domestic television distribution of CBS News, CBS Films and Showtime. CBS Television Distribution is a division of CBS Corporation.