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CBS shakes up distribution: John Nogawski out, Armando Nunez in

October 02, 2012|By Meg James
  • Armando Nunez was named president and chief executive of the newly created CBS Global Distribution Group.
Armando Nunez was named president and chief executive of the newly created… (CBS )

CBS has consolidated its distribution units, and elevated the veteran Armando Nuñez to be president and chief executive of the newly created CBS Global Distribution Group.

As part of the move, John Nogawski, a nearly 30-year veteran of CBS and Paramount, is leaving the company. Nogawski has served as president of the domestic division, CBS Television Distribution, for about eight years. He was in charge of programming and sales.

Nuñez, a trusted lieutenant of CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves, has been president of CBS’ international television division since 1999.

He now will take charge of a more streamlined division that includes the highly profitable domestic distribution arm. CBS is the industry's leading syndicator of first-run and network rerun programming, which boasts several of the top syndicated shows on television, including "Judge Judy," "Entertainment Tonight," "Dr. Phil," "Jeopardy" and "Wheel of Fortune." 

Nogawski's unit last month launched a new daytime talk show, "The Jeff Probst Show," which has limped out of the starting gate among an increasingly crowded field that includes a new show featuring Katie Couric.

CBS said Nuñez also will have oversight of CBS Studios International, which licenses CBS programming to more than 200 foreign markets.

"We have great leaders around our company and Armando has always been one of the best -- admired and respected by clients and colleagues alike,” Moonves said in a statement. "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."

Nuñez joined CBS Broadcast International as president in July 1999. The following year, he took on the role of president of CBS Broadcast International following the merger of CBS Television and the syndicating powerhouse King World Productions. Prior to joining CBS, he was president of rival Universal Television.  

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