×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Viacom Group Merged Under Par’s Cassara

Viacom has officially consolidated its TV station group into the Paramount Station Group with Paramount Stations Group president Anthony Cassara signing a multiyear deal to oversee the expanded group.

As a result of the consolidation, Pat Brady, head of the Viacom Station Group, has resigned after nine years with the company.

Between the Paramount and Viacom stations, Cassara oversees one of the largest groups in the country with 12 major-market stations reaching 18.4% of the country.

The Viacom stations that Cassara adds to his control include NBC affiliates WVIT Hartford, Conn., WNYT Albany and WHEC Rochester, and CBS affil KMOV St. Louis.

On the Paramount front, Cassara oversees eight UPN affiliates including WGBS Philadelphia, WSBK Boston, WDCA Washington, KTXA Dallas, WKBD Detroit, WVEU Atlanta, KTXH Houston and WBFS Miami. Over the past year, Viacom has been on a buying binge and is expected to continue looking for properties should Congress and the FCC relax the TV ownership rules from the current limits of 12 TV stations and a reach of 25% of the country.

Cassara, a broadcasting veteran, joined Paramount in 1993. Before that, he ran his own group.

More TV

  • Black Panther

    'Black Panther,' 'Crazy Rich Asians,' 'Westworld' Among Costume Designers Guild Winners

    “Crazy Rich Asians,” “The Favourite” and “Black Panther” walked away with top honors at the 21st annual Costume Designers Guild Awards Tuesday night, the final industry guild show before the Oscars on Feb. 24. “The Favourite” and “Black Panther” are up for the Oscar this year, along with “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” “Mary Poppins [...]

  • Syfy Cancels 'Nightflyers' After One Season

    Syfy Cancels 'Nightflyers' After One Season

    The George R.R. Martin drama “Nightflyers” has been canceled by Syfy after only one season. Based on the novella from the mastermind behind “Game of Thrones,” the show was seen as a big gamble for the NBCUniversal-owned cable network, as it represented the most expensive series it had ever developed. The network attempted to spark [...]

  • Batwoman Arrow

    The CW's 'Batwoman' Pilot Switches Directors, Adds Dougray Scott

    The CW has added veteran Scottish actor Dougray Scott to its “Batwoman” pilot as well as swapped in Marcos Siega for previous director David Nutter, Variety has learned. The pilot, which stars Ruby Rose as the eponymous caped heroine, is being helmed by DC TV head Greg Berlanti, and was penned by “Vampire Diaries” alum [...]

  • OG Review

    Review: 'O.G.' on HBO

    Jeffrey Wright, the most compelling reason to watch HBO’s new film “O.G.,” is among television’s best actors at switching between codes or manners of being. On “Westworld,” his timeline-toggling android swaps personae so delicately that his performance gains in resonance when recalled in retrospect. (Perhaps that’s why Wright has been so oddly underrated through the [...]

  • Nahnatchka Khan Writers Room

    Nahnatchka Khan Exits 20th Century Fox TV for Overall Deal at Universal

    Nahnatchka Khan has signed a four-year overall deal at Universal Television. The deal brings an end to the decade-plus Khan and her Fierce Baby Productions banner spent at 20th Century Fox Television. The move will see Khan exit from her role as showrunner on ABC comedy “Fresh Off the Boat,” which she also created. The [...]

  • David Ajala

    'Nightflyers' Star David Ajala Joins CBS Drama Pilot 'Under the Bridge'

    David Ajala has been cast in a lead role in the CBS drama pilot “Under the Bridge,” Variety has learned. In the project, when a scandal rocks the medical practice she runs with her husband and their friends, a surgeon rises to the occasion and takes the lead in trying to mend both the practice and [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content