Viacom Creates Global Entertainment COO Role
Effective yesterday, one individual will now oversee the operations and strategy for MTV, Comedy Central, VH1, Spike, CMT, TV Land, Logo and Viacom International Media Networks.
This individual will also manage Production Management and Operations, Digital, Strategy and Business Development, Research, and Content & Programming Enterprises for what is now housed under Viacom‘s Global Entertainment Group.
The person chosen for the newly created role of the group’s COO?
Viacom Kids & Family Group COO and Nickelodeon COO Sarah Levy.
Levy has spent 18 years at Viacom, and in announcing her new role, Viacom President/CEO Bob Bakish called her a key leader at Nickelodeon, helping to drive the network’s long-range strategy and “the continued dominance of the brand across every screen and revenue stream.”
Bakish said, “Viacom is committed to making the changes necessary to enhance performance, and we are deeply focused on increasing coordination and collaboration across our individual brands. Aligning these network operations under Sarah represents an important step forward to becoming a stronger and more integrated organization.”
Levy’s COO duties will also see her help guide Content Distribution, Finance, Business and Legal Affairs and Human Resources functions across the group’s networks.
Levy’s achievements at Viacom include the acquisition and development of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise. She began her career with Nickelodeon in 1998 as Director of Business Development.