CBS Corp’s president and acting CEO Joe Ianniello is making moves to shore up the company in the wake of Les Moonves’ exit in September. Today, he elevated Showtime Networks CEO David Nevins to chief creative officer of the company.
The promotion gives Nevins oversight of programming, marketing and research across the entire company, including CBS Entertainment, CBS Television Studios, Showtime Networks, CBS All Access and CBS’ interest in The CW (which the company owns jointly with Warner Bros.). Ianniello also has added chairman of Showtime Networks to Nevins’ title.
The programming, marketing and research execs at those networks and studios, including CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl and marketing chief George Schweitzer, will now report to Nevins.
The move helps fill the creative leadership void left by the Sept. 9 exit of Moonves, who had been with the company for 23 years, after 12 women accused him of sexual harassment and intimidation in a pair of New Yorker stories published in July and September.
“David has a brilliant creative mind and an impressive track record of success at Showtime and in the entertainment industry,” Ianniello said in a statement. “He is a forward-thinking leader who has driven programming excellence and subscriber growth for the cable network and its growing over-the-top service. The combination of David working with the outstanding and proven creative leaders we have in place will continue to build our position as a global premium content powerhouse.”
In his own statement, Nevins said, “We have great strength in the creative leadership across the company’s content divisions, and I am excited to get to work with the talented teams that run CBS’ programming services.”
Before joining Showtime in 2010, Nevins worked as president of Imagine Television, developing and executive producing shows like 24, Arrested Development and Friday Night Lights. He previously was evp of programming at Fox, and svp of primetime series at NBC.
Nevins wasn’t the only Showtime exec to receive a major promotion today. Ianniello elevated Christina Spade, who had been evp, chief financial officer and strategy for Showtime since 2013, to evp and chief financial officer for CBS Corp.