CBS, King World distrib exex reassigned

Nunez head of foreign sales

NEW ORLEANS — Now that the CBS merger with King World has been completed, the companies’ top international distribution execs have their marching orders.

Armando Nunez Jr. will take over as president of CBI, the foreign program sales arm of the merged CBS and King World. Reporting directly to him will be Fred Cohen, who will manage all of the company’s format business abroad. His new title is president of King World Intl. Prods.

Nunez will report to Ed Wilson, president of CBS Enterprises.

Wilson said the blending of the two entities is “a combination of complementary businesses.” And more importantly, the combo is in keeping with the wishes of CBS toppers Mel Karmazin and Leslie Moonves, who will soon oversee the merger of the entire CBS with Viacom.

The accent at the combined distribution entity will now be three-pronged — program sales, local production and formats and channel development.

Cohen will not only continue to oversee foreign formats of KW properties like “Wheel of Fortune” and “Jeopardy,” but beef up his portfolio to include more talkers, courtshows and formattable material from the CBS library.

In addition to handling all program sales, Nunez says he believes there are opportunities to create foreign channels using CBS News archive material. ” ‘The Eye on People’ concept is one we’re looking at,” he said.

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