Armando Nunez rises in CBS TV Distribution shakeup

Longtime domestic syndie prez John Nogawski to exit

CBS TV Distribution has consolidated oversight of its domestic and international units under the direction of Armando Nunez, who has been upped to a newly created post as prexy-CEO of the CBS Global Distribution Group.

Longtime CTD domestic prexy John Nogawski is exiting after nearly 30 years at CBS and its predecessor, Paramount Domestic TV.

Nunez’s ascent was no surprise as he’s known to be a trusted lieutenant of CBS Corp. topper Leslie Moonves and has steered the growth of the international division that has been a boon to the conglom.

Nogawski presided over a stable of blue-chip firstrun syndie properties from “Dr. Phil” to “Wheel of Fortune.” But the unit’s latest launch, “The Jeff Probst Show,” stumbled amid a crowded field of new talkers that have fared relatively better, including “Katie” and “Steve Harvey.”

Nunez, who has been serving as president of CBS Studios Intl. since 2004, will oversee CBS TV Distribution, but it will remainseparate from the overseas arm.

“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,” Moonves said of Nunez’s promotion.

Sources say Nogawski’s departure wasn’t a surprise internally given the diminished profile he’s maintained in the company over the past year.

In addition to CTD’s firstrun stable, the company oversees a massive library of programming stretching back decades, all the way to “I Love Lucy.” Nunez has played a key role in realizing the profitability of that library in the form of linear channels overseas and subscription VOD licensees including Netflix, which is among several streaming services expanding internationally.

Putting domestic and international under singular oversight will enable Nunez to take a more holistic view of the marketplace. “It’s about being more strategic about content distribution around the world,” he said. “You don’t want to kill the core, traditional piece of the business by grabbing quick digital revenues here or there.”

Nunez’s key direct reports at CTD will include sales prexy Joe DiSalvo, who focuses on the station business, and Scott Koondel, president of distribution, who focuses on cable and distribution while maintaining a dual CBS Corp.-level role as senior VP, corporate licensing and distribution. Koondel has been the Eye’s point man on navigating the new world of digital licensing.

Nunez’s top lieutenants on the international side are sales exec veeps Barry Chamberlain and Joe Lucas.

Nogawski first joined Paramount in 1983, rising through the ranks to president of distribution at Paramount Domestic Television in 1999. After that unit became CBS Paramount Domestic TV with the split of Viacom and CBS Corp. in 2005, it merged two years later with King World to form CTD. Nogawski was named to the post at the division after the death of Roger King in 2008.

Nunez has worked in international TV sales for the past 25 years, serving stints at Universal Television, Viacom Enterprises and New World Intl. Television Distribution before joining the Eye.

(Stuart Levine contributed to this report.)

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