Television

MTV Networks' Herb Scannell quits; top level management changes made

MUMBAI: MTV Networks vice chairman and Nickelodeon Networks president Herb Scannell has put in his papers at the company to pursue other business opportunities.

In conjunction with Scannell's departure, MTV Networks also announced a management restructuring of Nickelodeon Networks.

MTV Networks chairman and CEO Judy McGrath said, "Herb and I have worked together for nearly two decades, and I've appreciated him as a creative and strategic thinker and, most importantly, as a friend. He has guided Nickelodeon Networks to an unrivaled leadership position and has broadened its businesses to engage viewers beyond the TV screen in licensing, movies, recreation and much more. He is a true innovator, and he is leaving a great legacy for our company and the industry."

Scannell added, "After nearly 20 years with MTV Networks and Nickelodeon, I felt this was the right time to move to the next leadership position in my career. I have great faith in the management teams in place at Nickelodeon, TV Land and Spike TV, and am confident that these networks will continue their outstanding performance and maintain the extraordinary bonds with their audiences that have made them so successful. I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to lead such an exceptional team, which has built some of the strongest brands in our business."

Scannell led Nick to 10 straight years as the number one cable network and expanded business into consumer products, movies and digital media.

He was instrumental in building a vibrant consumer products division, growing it from $100 million in retail sales to what is now the third largest licensing company in the world, with over $4 billion in retail revenues in 2005.

Also during Scannell's tenure, Nickelodeon opened a new animation studio in Burbank, CA; launched its feature film division, which has released 14 movies grossing over $1 billion and netting Academy Award nominations; launched Noggin/The N, Nicktoons and Nick GAS channels; and most recently positioned Nickelodeon as the kids online leader with the launch of its TurboNick broadband platform and the acquisition of Neopets.

Cyma Zarghami to lead MTVN Kids and Family Group

Under the restructuring, Nickelodeon Television president Cyma Zarghami will assume leadership of a newly formed MTVN Kids and Family group, which will include Nickelodeon Television, Nick at Nite, Nick Online, Nick Movies, Noggin/The N, Nicktoons Television, Nickelodeon Games and Sports (Nick GAS), as well as Nickelodeon's magazine and recreation divisions and Nickelodeon's new digital businesses, including Neopets.

Additionally, TV Land, which previously operated under the Nickelodeon Networks brand, will join Spike TV and Comedy Central under president Doug Herzog, with TV Land president Larry Jones reporting into Herzog. Jones will continue to lead Nick at Nite with a dual report into Zarghami.

"Cyma's creativity, vision, passion for her audience and incomparable track record make her the best person to lead our Kids and Family group. She has consistently proven herself to have the foresight, management expertise and consumer expertise we'll need to continue our strong momentum at the Nickelodeon networks and take them to the next level of multiplatform success," said McGrath.

"Having worked with Cyma throughout her career at Nick, I am happy and proud that Cyma will be carrying Nick forward to its next era of success," said Scannell.

"What has made Nickelodeon successful, in addition to an extraordinary team of people, is the notion that Nickelodeon's brand is greater than the sum of its parts. It will be the coordination of all our parts that will allow us to take kids and family entertainment to the next level and bring our great content to all distribution platforms. It is an exciting time for the Nickelodeon brand, and we are well positioned to go everywhere our audience goes," Zarghami said.

"It has been an absolute pleasure and a privilege to have worked with Herb over the years, and I will miss his creative and strategic thinking. I'm sure his next endeavor will also be a great success," she added.

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/03/20/walt.jpg?itok=d834AJ3p
Disney formally closes deal with Fox, massive layoffs expected

Walt Disney Co (Disney) has finally closed the deal with on its $71 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox (Fox). In recent months, the acquisition received final approval from antitrust regulators across the globe.

Television Production House Fiction
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/03/20/chrome.jpg?itok=Vy9rPxRb
Music genre most benefitted in Chrome DM week 11

Music genre has grown 3.93 per cent with the highest opportunity to see (OTS) in week 11 of Chrome Data Analytics and Media.

Television TV Channels Viewership
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/03/20/kevin.jpg?itok=i0pF-Eox
Warner Bros chief Kevin Tsujhara to step down

The WarnerMedia group has announced that Warner Bros studios chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujhara is stepping down after allegations of having an affair with a young British actress and helping her secure roles surfaced, according to reports.

Television TV Channels People
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/03/20/flix.jpg?itok=Ur43FBM_
Witness the heart-warming bond unfold in the epic-adventure movie Alpha premiering on &flix, &Privé HD and Zee Café

Amidst the vast wilderness, the survival of the fittest truly determines life and death. But what happens when your fight for survival brings with it the dangers of the wild? Witness a young boy unleash his inner warrior and struggle as he travels through treacherous landscapes in the epic-...

Television TV Channels English Entertainment
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/03/20/smriti.jpg?itok=PZiuoicm
Smriti Mehra elevated to Executive Vice President, Focus at Network18

After stints with Discovery Channel, Arré and Turner Broadcasting, Smriti Mehra returned home to Network18 Group last year. The company today announced her elevation as EVP – Focus, to head revenue. She will report to Priyanka Kaul – President, Marketing & Special Projects, Network18.

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/03/20/ganga.jpg?itok=H7BNoB2s
Big Ganga launches 4 new Bhojpuri shows

Big Ganga, ZEE Entertainment Enterprise Ltd’s Bhojpuri general entertainment channel in Bihar, Jharkhand, and Purvanchal is all set to cater to the demands of its audience for original content with two hours of weekday and one hour of weekend with four new shows.

Television TV Channels Regional
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/03/20/t_tv_punjabi.jpg?itok=S7j173Rc
New FTA channel T TV to focus on Punjabi audience

T TV, Taur Punjab Di, is the latest 24 hour free to air channel being launched by Teleone Consumers Product Pvt Ltd which is a part of DV Group of companies and is aimed at providing quality entertainment to the north Indian audience.

Television TV Channels Regional
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/03/20/re.jpg?itok=ab6NQhhE
ARG Outlier Media writes to TRAI, accuses News18 India of flouting landing page directive

ARG Outlier Media Asianet News, which owns channels like Republic TV, Republic Bharat among others, has accused TV18 Broadcast Ltd of flouting Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) 3 December 2018 directive to broadcasters and distribution platform operators (DPO).

Television TV Channels News Broadcasting
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/default/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2019/03/19/abby.jpg?itok=9MZhUc6j
“ABBY AWARDS 2019” announces the illustrious Master Jury for the Creative ABBY’s

The gold standard in advertising awards, ABBY Awards 2019 that celebrates creative excellence in the category has announced an illustrious master jury for the upcoming edition.

Television TV Shows Awards

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories