Viacom Inc.'s Paramount Pictures has named Amy Powell to the position of president of Paramount Television as the company ramps up its efforts to develop programming for smaller screens.
Powell will continue to serve as head of Paramount's digital entertainment and Insurge Pictures unit, Paramount said Monday in a statement.
“Amy has proven herself to be a highly talented, innovative and creative executive,” Paramount Chief Executive Brad Grey said in a statement. “Her skill and experience working across all platforms, at engaging audiences, and, most recently her work at Insurge, will be instrumental as we build a versatile television operation."
Paramount expects to spend at least five years reassembling a television production studio after handing off its profitable TV production studio six years ago to CBS in the wake of Viacom's corporate split. CBS claimed the Paramount Television studio and its valuable library that included such gems as "Frasier" and "Star Trek," and syndicated programming including "Entertainment Tonight."