President and CEO, International Networks, Studios and Streaming
Raffaele Annecchino is President and CEO, International Networks, Studios and Streaming. Based in Madrid, Annecchino reports to Bob Bakish, President and Chief Executive Officer, Paramount.
In his role as President and CEO, Annecchino oversees all of Paramount's media networks and related businesses outside the U.S., including a diverse portfolio of top pay TV entertainment brands and broadcast networks across six continents. These include Channel 5 in the U.K., Telefe in Argentina, Network 10 in Australia and Colors in India through a joint venture with Viacom18.
Annecchino also oversees Paramount's portfolio of international streaming products Paramount+, Pluto TV and Noggin. Annecchino joined MTV Networks International in 1997 as Distribution Manager. In 2002 he was made General Manager of MTV Spain and later Iberia. In 2013, he was promoted to President of Viacom International Media Networks’ Southern Europe, Middle East and Africa cluster, a role that was further expanded in 2016 with the addition of the GSA and BLX territories in Europe and again in 2020 with the addition of Northern and Eastern Europe and Asia.
Before joining Paramount, Annecchino held positions at Turner International, Cartoon Network and CNN. Annecchino holds a Bachelor of Economics from the European Business School, London, UK, and an Executive MBA from the Instituto de Empresa International, Madrid, Spain. He completed the CTAM U Executive Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2016 and the CTAM Europe Executive Management Program at INSEAD in 2017.
Robert M. Bakish
President and Chief Executive Officer of Paramount Global
Robert M. Bakish is President and Chief Executive Officer of Paramount Global. Bakish oversees one of the world’s leading producers of media and entertainment content, driven by a global portfolio of powerful consumer brands and flagship streaming platforms, including CBS, Showtime Networks, Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, BET, Paramount+, and Pluto TV, among others. In this role, which he assumed in December 2019, Bakish is responsible for growing the company’s creative assets, content capabilities and streaming services to serve important and diverse audiences, which consume over 30 billion hours of Paramount content globally across more than 180 countries.
Bakish’s leadership was integral to the successful merger of Viacom and CBS as he led the transformation efforts within the new company, combining two great cultures, formalizing a best-in-class leadership team and aligning the organization around strategic growth priorities centered on streaming. Importantly, Bakish created a new, unified global streaming organization and strategy to maximize Paramount content across pay, free and premium streaming services spotlighted by Paramount+, Pluto TV and Showtime OTT.
Prior to the recombination of Viacom and CBS, Bakish was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Viacom since December 2016. He led the revitalization and evolution of Viacom’s core businesses, returning the company to growth, and extending its leadership across multiplatform entertainment content, next-generation distribution and advertising. Through a strategy to deepen and expand Viacom’s presence in digital and live experiences, Bakish also stewarded the key acquisitions of free streaming television service Pluto TV; Gen-Z focused brand Awesomeness; influencer marketing firm WHOSAY; and VidCon, the world’s largest celebration of online video fans and creators.
Bakish previously headed the company’s international business as President and CEO of Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) since 2007. Under his leadership, VIMN more than doubled revenues and broadened its portfolio with new, broadly distributed pay-TV networks, including Spike and the Paramount Channel, as well as general entertainment broadcast networks Channel 5 in the U.K., Telefe in Argentina and Colors in India. At the same time, he guided the company to launch Viacom Play Plex and other innovative mobile streaming offerings that introduced a new generation of young audiences to Viacom’s popular brands and IP.
Bakish joined Viacom in 1997, and held a series of senior corporate, sales and development positions at the company. He previously worked as a partner with Booz Allen & Hamilton in its Media and Entertainment practice.
Bakish has an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and a B.S. in Operations Research from Columbia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. He serves on the boards of both schools and is also a Director on the Board of AVID Technologies, a NASDAQ-listed company.
Executive Vice President, Chief Corporate Development and Strategy Officer
Alex Berkett is Executive Vice President, Chief Corporate Development and Strategy Officer. In this role, Berkett leads Paramount’s efforts to identify, pursue and execute strategic growth opportunities, including acquisitions, partnerships, investments and joint ventures, across all of the company’s businesses and geographies.
Berkett joined Viacom in August 2015 and most recently served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy, leading the company’s global activities related to corporate development, mergers and acquisitions and strategy. In this role, he worked closely with senior executives across the company to advise on and lead transaction negotiations. Berkett also launched and oversaw the Global Emerging Opportunities Group to coordinate Viacom’s company-wide activities related to new technologies, platforms and business models.
Before Viacom, Berkett served as Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Townsquare Media (NYSE: TSQ), where he was responsible for corporate development, mergers and acquisitions, investor relations, legal affairs, business development, corporate communications and all capital raising activities, including the company’s 2014 IPO. Berkett co-founded Townsquare in 2010 with his partners from FiveWire Media, an investment firm he co-founded. In 2009, Berkett joined FiveWire from J.P. Morgan’s Technology, Media & Telecom Investment Banking Group, which he joined following J.P. Morgan’s acquisition of Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. in 2008.
Berkett spent 11 years in the investment banking division of Bear Stearns, principally focused on media and technology mergers and acquisitions, ultimately rising to the level of Managing Director. During the course of his career, Berkett has been involved, as a principal or an advisor, in over 100 M&A and capital raising transactions totaling over $250 billion in aggregate value.
Berkett received a B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania and is a graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy. He serves on the board of directors of Viacom18 in in India and Rainbow SPA in Italy, among others, as well as the Fresh Air Fund’s Council.
President and CEO, CBS and Chief Content Officer, News and Sports, Paramount+
George Cheeks assumed the role of President and Chief Executive Officer of CBS in March 2020.
Cheeks oversees CBS-branded assets within Paramount, including CBS Television Network, which encompasses CBS Entertainment, CBS News and CBS Sports, as well as CBS Studios, CBS Stations, CBS Media Ventures, its first-run syndication business, and CBS-branded digital assets.
In June 2021, Cheeks added the role of Chief Content Officer, News and Sports, Paramount+, extending the world-class content from CBS News and CBS Sports to the streaming super service, and responsibility for global content strategy for ViacomCBS’ free-to-air networks in the United Kingdom, Australia and Argentina.
Prior to joining CBS, Cheeks served more than seven years at NBCUniversal in senior executive positions that spanned creative, business and operational roles. Most recently, he was Vice Chairman, NBCUniversal Content Studios and was also in charge of late night programming for NBC Entertainment.
Previously, Cheeks was Co-Chairman of NBC Entertainment and was jointly responsible for overseeing primetime, late night and scripted daytime programming for the network, including business affairs, marketing, communications, scheduling, West Coast research and digital operations, as well as first-run syndication.
Prior to being named Co-Chairman, Cheeks served as Co-President, Universal Cable Productions and Wilshire Studios as well as President, Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment, where he oversaw the network’s lucrative and successful late night slate. Prior to that role, Cheeks was President of Business Operations and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment.
Cheeks joined NBC in 2012 after serving as Executive Vice President, Business Affairs and General Counsel, Viacom Music and Entertainment Groups, Content Distribution and Marketing, as well as Head of Standards and Practices for Viacom Media Networks, in New York. In his first stint with Viacom starting in 1998, he began working as Senior Counsel for MTV Networks in the Business and Legal Affairs Department for the Nickelodeon Group. While there, he ascended to positions of increasing responsibility, and in 2005 he was elevated to Executive Vice President and General Counsel for MTV, MTV2, MTVu, MTV Films, VH1, CMT and LOGO.
Cheeks began his career as an Entertainment Associate at Loeb & Loeb from 1992-1994. In addition, he served as Senior Counsel, Business and Legal Affairs, for Castle Rock Entertainment from 1995-1997 and worked as an entertainment attorney at the boutique entertainment firm of Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren & Richman, in Beverly Hills from 1997-1998.
A graduate of Yale University (Phi Beta Kappa), Cheeks received his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School (cum laude).
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Naveen Chopra is Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of Paramount. In this role, Chopra oversees the company’s financial operations, including treasury, tax, accounting, investor relations, information security and real estate, as well as global corporate development and strategy.
Prior to joining ViacomCBS, Chopra was the CFO of Amazon’s Devices and Services Business where he oversaw some of Amazon’s fastest growing and most strategic consumer businesses including Alexa and Echo, FireTV, Ring, Kindle, and the Amazon Appstore. Before Amazon, Chopra was the Chief Financial Officer at Pandora Media where he ran finance, corporate development, music licensing, business development, investor relations, real estate, and CIO functions. While at Pandora, he helped lead a major corporate turn-around, which led to the acquisition of Pandora by SiriusXM for $3.5 billion.
Chopra also spent several years across a variety of roles at TiVo including interim CEO, CFO, and head of Corporate and Business Development. During his tenure at TiVo, he guided the company through multiple phases of growth and transformation culminating in TiVo’s acquisition by Rovi. Earlier in his career, Chopra held business development roles at both large enterprises like Microsoft and Hewlett Packard and early-stage venture-backed companies including WebTV, Ofoto, and Rearden Steel.
From 2014-2020 Chopra also served as a board member at Vonage Holdings, a multi-billion-dollar cloud-communications company. He is currently a member of the board of KQED, one of the nation’s largest public media organizations.
Chopra holds bachelor degrees in Computer Science and Economics from Stanford and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Chief Content Licensing Officer
Dan Cohen is chief content licensing officer for Paramount where he leads the company’s global content licensing and distribution operations. He is responsible for monetizing a large and growing portfolio of original content that airs or streams on the CBS Television Network, The CW, Paramount+ and SHOWTIME, as well as programming from Paramount Pictures, Paramount Television Studios, CBS Studios, CBS News, CBS Media Ventures, the MTV Entertainment Studios, Nickelodeon, VIS, Miramax and third-party partners. He also runs worldwide home entertainment for the company overseeing the distribution of the industry’s largest library of film and television titles.
Cohen assumed leadership of the division following his role as president, global content licensing, formerly for ViacomCBS. Previously, Cohen served as president of Worldwide Home Entertainment & Television Distribution for Paramount Pictures. He joined Paramount in 2017 as president of Worldwide Television Licensing.
Prior to joining Paramount, Cohen spent 20 years at Disney/ABC, where he served as executive vice president of pay television and digital sales for home entertainment and television distribution for the Walt Disney Studios. In this role, he distributed catalog and properties such as Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, ABC, and Disney Channel to businesses around the globe. Cohen was also responsible for securing two of the most significant pay television deals in history – Netflix in 2012 and Starz in 1999 – negotiating exclusive, multi-year deals and licensing agreements.
Before Disney/ABC, Cohen served as vice president of program acquisitions and scheduling for Tele-TV Media, vice president of film acquisitions and co-productions for Showtime Networks, and held roles at Viewer’s Choice, Palmer Cablevision and Post-Newsweek Cable.
Cohen holds a BA in economics from Portland’s Lewis & Clark and a master’s in radio and television from San Francisco State University; he is on the board of directors of the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE). He was the recipient of the 2017 Executive of the Year Award from the Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors. Cohen resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Lisa Black.
Christa A. D'Alimonte
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Christa A. D’Alimonte is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Paramount. She oversees the company’s global legal affairs as its chief legal officer, and reports to Bob Bakish, President and Chief Executive Officer, Paramount.
D’Alimonte previously served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Viacom since 2017. During this time, she was responsible for overseeing Viacom’s global legal functions, as well as the company’s Human Resources organization and its Security, Facilities and Real Estate teams.
D’Alimonte joined Viacom as Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Assistant Secretary in 2012 from Shearman & Sterling LLP, where she was Deputy Practice Group Leader of the Firm’s Global Mergers & Acquisitions group. In her practice at Shearman & Sterling, D’Alimonte represented a broad range of domestic and multinational clients – including Viacom – on public and private mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, as well as corporate governance matters. She joined Shearman & Sterling in 1993, and became a partner in January 2001.
D’Alimonte graduated from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was the Editor-in-Chief of the American Criminal Law Review, and received her A.B. in Politics and a Certificate of Proficiency in Latin American Studies from Princeton University. She has been recognized as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA, Legal 500 and Cablefax, and as a “Top Dealmaker” by Law360 and The Hollywood Reporter. Additionally, D’Alimonte was named a “Wonder Woman” by Multichannel News in 2018, and was honored by the National Organization for Women – New York Chapter with a Women of Power & Influence Award in 2019.
D’Alimonte is a member of the board of directors of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, and a board member of Asphalt Green, a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting individuals of all ages and backgrounds achieve health through a lifetime of sports and fitness. She is also a past member of the Princeton University Politics Department Advisory Council and a past participant in the Partnership for New York City’s David Rockefeller Fellows Program.
Executive Vice President, Investor Relations
Anthony DiClemente is the Executive Vice President, Investor Relations for Paramount. He began this role in December 2019 following the merger of CBS and Viacom and after serving in a similar position for CBS.
DiClemente is responsible for coordinating and overseeing Paramount’s outreach strategies to the investment community. He is also part of the executive team charged with refining the combined company’s corporate strategy and competitive positioning.
DiClemente joined CBS in June 2019 as Executive Vice President, Investor Relations. Before joining CBS, he was Senior Managing Director and Fundamental Research Analyst at Evercore Group, where he worked since 2017. Prior to that, he led the equity research coverage of internet and media companies for Nomura Instinet, and before that, he worked for Barclays and Lehman Brothers for 13 years.
DiClemente has a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce, and is a CFA charter holder. He lives in New York City with his wife and children.
Executive Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer
Katherine Gill-Charest is Executive Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of Paramount. In this role, which she assumed in December 2019, Gill-Charest oversees the accounting, financial reporting and financial compliance of the combined company and its divisions. She reports to Naveen Chopra, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Paramount.
Before this position, Gill-Charest served as Senior Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of Viacom since October 2010. During this time, she was instrumental in strengthening the financial position of the company to deliver on its strategy for growth and evolution. Gill-Charest drove efforts to improve Viacom’s financial reporting structure, policies and procedures, and helped to guide its risk mitigation and compliance actions.
In recognition of her leadership, Cablefax named Gill-Charest one of the media industry’s Most Powerful Women in 2017, and Treasury & Risk magazine honored her as an Outstanding Women in Finance in 2012. She was also appointed to the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council in 2020 and FEI’s Committee on Corporate Reporting in 2021.
Gill-Charest joined Viacom in 2007 as Vice President, Deputy Controller. Prior to her career at Viacom, she served as the Chief Accounting Officer of WPP Group and was the Vice President and Worldwide Controller of Young & Rubicam Inc. previous to its acquisition by WPP. She also held roles in financial reporting and accounting policy at Time Warner Inc. and NYNEX Corporation, and worked in the audit practice of Price Waterhouse.
Gill-Charest holds a B.S. in Accounting from Manhattan College, where she graduated summa cum laude. She is a New York State Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of CPAs.
President, Music, Music Talent, Programming and Events, Media Networks and Chief Content Officer, Music, Paramount+
Bruce Gillmer is President, Music, Music Talent, Programming and Events, Media Networks and Chief Content Officer, Music, Paramount+. Gillmer guides the company’s strategy to align and optimize all music-driven initiatives across the Paramount portfolio. He reports to Bob Bakish, President and Chief Executive Officer, Paramount.
Over the course of his career, Gillmer has engineered many culturally defining moments in music, including the historic U2 and Jay-Z collaboration at the Brandenburg Gate for the 2009 MTV EMAs, and numerous performances by icons ranging from Lady Gaga to Andrea Bocelli. He has also executive produced some of the world’s largest music events, including several MTV VMAs and 13 MTV EMAs. Gillmer was recently responsible for the global launches of MTV Unplugged at Home and the MTV Prom-athon livestream, engaging fans and connecting them with their favorite artists during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Currently, Gillmer oversees talent, development and programming of music content, series and specials, and tentpole events for the MTV Entertainment Group (MTVE) and Paramount International Networks & Streaming, in partnership with MTVE President and CEO Chris McCarthy and Paramount International Networks & Streaming President and CEO Raffaele Annecchino. Gillmer is also responsible for leveraging Paramount’s global scale, unmatched music industry relationships and iconic library of IP for streaming service Paramount+. Additionally, he chairs the Paramount Music Council, a cross-company initiative to unify Paramount’s music programming, talent and events strategy, and to extend its leadership in the music content space.
Gillmer previously served as Head of Global Music and Executive Vice President, Music & Talent, Programming & Events for Viacom International Media Networks since 2010. He and his team have created and produced numerous music series, specials and initiatives, most recently MTV Fresh Out Live!; the reimagined, local versions of YO! MTV Raps internationally; MTV documentary series The Ride; and MTV Push, a global initiative to spotlight new music talent.
Prior to his international and global roles, Gillmer was Senior Vice President of Music and Talent Relations for VH1 in the U.S., where he was deeply involved in the co-development and production of shows, series and events, including VH1 DIVAS LIVE; VH1 Hip Hop Honors; VH1 Fashion Awards; and Behind the Music, among others. He began his career in the MTV Music and Talent department in 1987, working on such iconic series and specials as Headbangers Ball, MTV Spring Break and YO! MTV Raps.
Gillmer graduated from Indiana State University with a B.S. in Music and Marketing.
President, U.S. Networks Distribution
Ray Hopkins is President of U.S. Networks Distribution, Paramount. He assumed this role in December 2019 following the close of the merger between Viacom and CBS Corporation. He reports to Paramount President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Bakish.
In this position, Hopkins is responsible for setting and executing the strategy for maximizing the value of ViacomCBS’ cable, premium and broadcast television portfolio across satellite providers, cable operators, telco services, internet video providers and various other platforms. He oversees all distribution deals for a portfolio of iconic and leading brands including CBS, Showtime Networks, CBS Sports Network, MTV, BET, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Paramount Network, VH1, CMT, TV Land and many others. Hopkins is also responsible for all distribution deals for the CBS Television Network to more than 40 affiliated television station groups throughout the country.
Previously, Hopkins served as President of Television Networks Distribution for CBS since June 2013, responsible for securing new retransmission and affiliation agreements for CBS’ broadcast stations and cable networks, including the CBS Television Network, Showtime Networks, CBS Sports Network and Smithsonian Networks.
An industry veteran, Hopkins has more than 30 years of experience, including nine years as Chief Operating Officer of YES Network (Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network), where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company’s affiliate sales, legal, finance, business development, new media, marketing, human resources and communications departments.
Prior to joining the YES Network, Hopkins was EVP of Affiliate Sales and Marketing for Gemstar-TV Guide from 2002 to 2004. He came to Gemstar-TV Guide from FOX Cable Networks, where he had been SVP of Affiliate Sales and Marketing. While at FOX Cable Networks from 1999 to 2002, Hopkins managed subscriber growth and affiliate revenue for FOX Cable. He also oversaw retransmission consent deals for all FOX owned-and-operated stations. Hopkins began his career at CNBC when the cable news channel launched in 1989.
Hopkins holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Gettysburg College and is also a graduate of the Executive Education Program at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Hopkins serves on the board of the cable industry’s T. Howard Foundation.
Richard M. Jones
Executive Vice President, General Tax Counsel and Chief Veteran Officer
Rich Jones serves as Executive Vice President, General Tax Counsel and Chief Veteran Officer for Paramount. As General Tax Counsel, he leads the company’s worldwide tax practice. In this role, he oversees all tax planning, strategy, operations, risk management, litigation, government relations and legislative initiatives. Jones was a key part of the senior leadership team that re-combined Viacom and CBS. As the company’s Chief Veteran Officer, Jones founded the Paramount Veterans Network. He oversees and coordinates all veteran/military-related initiatives and programming for the company, ensuring that the sacrifices of our nation’s veterans and their families are never forgotten and that Paramount is doing all that it can to promote their well-being.
Prior to the merger, Jones served as Executive Vice President, General Tax Counsel and Chief Veteran Officer for CBS Corporation, where he oversaw worldwide tax planning, strategy, operations, risk management, litigation, government relations and legislative initiatives. Jones was a key part of the senior leadership team that separated Viacom from CBS in 2005. Prior to joining Viacom in 2005, Jones served as Vice President, Senior Tax Counsel and Assistant Treasurer for General Electric (NBC Universal), where he was responsible for all domestic and international tax planning, M&A, treasury, operations and controversy matters and was part of the leadership team that oversaw the merger of NBC and Universal Studios. Before joining General Electric in 2003, he spent more than a decade as both a Certified Public Accountant and Tax Lawyer with Ernst & Young, working in their Media & Entertainment and Transaction Advisory Services practices. Jones also served as a Law Clerk for the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, in the chambers of the Honorable Judge John P. Balio. Prior to re-entering civilian life, Jones was a non-commissioned officer in the U.S. Army, where he served honorably as a member of the 75th Ranger Regiment and 10th Mountain Division.
Jones received his law and business degrees from Syracuse University, where he graduated with honors and was admitted to the Order of the Barristers. He is also a graduate of Boston University, where he earned a Master of Laws in both corporate and tax law. Jones also received a Bachelor of Science degree (summa cum laude) from Syracuse University. Syracuse University honored Jones by presenting him with the George Arents Award, which is the highest award presented to its alumni.
Jones is admitted to practice before the Courts of New York, Connecticut and the District of Columbia, and is licensed to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Tax Court. As a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York Society of CPAs, Jones serves on the Corporate Governance and Tax Committees. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association, where he serves on the Corporate Counsel, Fiscal Policy and Mergers & Acquisitions/Joint Ventures Committees and is a member of the American Academy of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants. Jones is passionate about corporate governance and is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD). He is also a frequent and noted lecturer for Bloomberg, the NACD and the Practicing Law Institute, where he is a member of the faculty.
Jones works closely with many veteran organizations and is a tireless and passionate champion for our nation’s veterans. He is a proud life member of both the American Legion and Disabled American Veterans (DAV). In 2009 he was appointed by Congress to serve on the advisory committee on Veterans’ Employment, Training and Employer Outreach (ACVETEO) at the U.S. Labor Department and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. In addition, he sits on the boards of the Wounded Warrior Project (where he serves on the Governance Committee and is the Audit Committee chairman), the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), Empire Vets (where he is co-chairman), the National Veterans Memorial & Museum and is an advisor to the Army Ranger Lead the Way Fund, the GallantFew, Veterans Advantage and the Fisher House Foundation.
A devoted husband and father, Jones has been married to his lovely wife, Robin, for over three decades, and they have two great kids, Barbara and Rhys. They live in Bedford, N.Y.
President, Global Consumer Products and Experiences
Pam Kaufman is President of Global Consumer Products and Experiences for Paramount, one of the largest entertainment companies in the world.
In this role, Pam oversees the global multi-billion dollar consumer products organization covering all brands in the portfolio including BET, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures and Showtime. This includes oversight of worldwide product and business development, marketing, franchise planning, creative strategy, retail sales and consumer insights.
Pam has transformed the Consumer Products business, representing well over $5.6 billion in worldwide retail revenue in 2019 alone, and unified the organization by putting the full power of the Paramount ecosystem behind its most valuable IP. She has built some of the most culturally relevant and iconic brands through new content and strategic partnerships. Her commitment to transformation, innovation and brand building has led to some of the most groundbreaking partnerships in the company’s history, including cutting-edge co-branded collaborations with the biggest names in social media (JoJo Siwa), fashion (Jeremy Scott/Moschino) and sports (Kyrie Irving/Nike). Pam was also responsible for Viacom’s first direct-to-consumer e-commerce site in 2019 – The SpongeBob Shop. Since then, she has expanded on that successful venture through additional online direct-to-consumer business for merchandise tied to various top CBS and Showtime programming including similar standalone initiatives for such transcendence brands as Star Trek, South Park, and MTV.
During her time as President of Consumer Products & Chief Marketing Officer for Nickelodeon, she was the force behind some of Nickelodeon’s most memorable franchises ranging from PAW Patrol to SpongeBob SquarePants, shepherding them through important tentpole campaigns and milestone celebrations.
Pam was recently named to the Board of Directors of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. As a music super-fan, Kaufman is excited to advise on future campaigns and company direction. She has also earned many awards throughout her career, including the Wonder Women Mentorship Award, Women in Toys, 2019; Women of Inspiration, Delivering Good, 2018; Women to Watch, Multichannel News, 2015 and Entertainment Marketer of the Year, Advertising Age, 2003. A passionate advocate for women and families, Pam also serves on the board of Bottomless Closet, a nonprofit that prepares women for workplace success, and for the Pace Women’s Justice Center.
Pam earned her Bachelor of Arts in Public Communication from The American University in Washington D.C. In addition, she was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane in 2019, when she delivered the Commencement address for The American University School of Communications.
President and CEO, Simon & Schuster
Jonathan Karp became President and Chief Executive Officer of Simon & Schuster, Inc. in May 2020. In this role, he is responsible for all the publishing and operations of Simon & Schuster’s numerous publishing groups as well as its international companies in Australia, Canada, India and the United Kingdom.
Previously, Karp served as President and Publisher of Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, encompassing the company’s New York–based adult trade publishing: Atria Books, Gallery Books, Scribner, Simon & Schuster, and their associated sub-imprints and lines. During his tenure, the adult group launched a successful new imprint, Avid Reader Press, and established the Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau as an in-house lecture service.
He was named Publisher of Simon & Schuster’s flagship imprint in June 2010. During his tenure, he oversaw the publication of bestselling authors such as Hillary Rodham Clinton, Doris Kearns Goodwin, John Irving, Walter Isaacson, David McCullough, Susan Orlean, and Bob Woodward, while launching acclaimed books by Jonah Berger, Bill Browder, Rinker Buck, Lisa Halliday, Chip and Dan Heath, Adam Higginbotham, Siri Hustvedt, Saeed Jones, Naomi Klein, Jessica Knoll, Samin Nosrat, Vaddey Ratner, Matthew Thomas and Rebecca Traister. Other notable authors and cultural figures brought to the imprint’s list during Karp’s tenure include Tom Brady, Stephen Colbert, Ray Dalio, Clive Davis, Nelson DeMille, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Brian Grazer, Sam Lipsyte, Gucci Mane, Chris Matthews, John McCain, Martha Nussbaum, Jerry Seinfeld, Bruce Springsteen, Howard Stern, Andrew Sullivan, and Herman Wouk.
Among the highlights of Karp’s ten years as publisher were the publication of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, What Happened by Hillary Clinton, Fear by Bob Woodward, Frederick Douglass by David Blight (winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in History), Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen, In One Person by John Irving, The Library Book by Susan Orlean, and the launch of Mobituaries by Mo Rocca, an acclaimed book and podcast co-produced with CBS Sunday Morning. In 2020, three books published by Simon & Schuster played a significant role in the national conversation about the 2020 election: Rage by Bob Woodward, The Room Where It Happened by John Bolton, and Too Much And Never Enough by Mary Trump.
Prior to joining Simon & Schuster, Karp was Publisher and Editor in Chief of Twelve, an imprint of the Hachette Book Group, which he founded in 2005. At Twelve, Karp published numerous highly-acclaimed bestselling works, including True Compass by the late Edward M. Kennedy, God Is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens, Losing Mum and Pup by Christopher Buckley, Columbine by Dave Cullen, Nurtureshock by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman, and War by Sebastian Junger.
Prior to founding Twelve, Karp was Editor in Chief of Random House, where he began his publishing career in 1989 as an editorial assistant and worked for sixteen years. At Random House, Karp acquired and edited an eclectic and diverse list of bestselling fiction and nonfiction titles including Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand, Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson, What Should I Do With My Life? by Po Bronson, Thank You For Smoking by Christopher Buckley, Faith of My Fathers by John McCain and Mark Salter, Franklin and Winston by Jon Meacham, The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean, The Last Don by Mario Puzo and The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl.
He has also edited fiction by Steven Bochco, Elizabeth Frank, Eric Garcia, Neil Gordon, Rupert Holmes, C.J. Hribal, David Ignatius, David Liss, and Mark Winegardner; and works of nonfiction by Alan Alda, Henry Alford, Marcia Angell, Sally Bedell Smith, Buzz Bissinger, Alex Berenson, Joel Glenn Brenner, Vicki Constantine Croke, Gregg Easterbrook, David Frum, Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose, John Harris, Gary Hart, Miles Harvey, Constance Hays, Donald Katz, David Kushner, Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, Eric Liu, Jeffrey Rosen, David Plotz, Kenneth Pollack, Gary Rivlin, Jim Rogers, Ron Rosenbaum, Jonathan Schwartz, Billy Shore, Carol Spinney, Mike Stanton, Donna Summer, Kara Swisher, John Taylor, Andrew Tobias, Donald Trump, Paul Wellstone, Juan Williams, Michael J. Wolf, and Mitchell Zuckoff.
Karp earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University and his Master of Arts degree from New York University. He has written for The New York Times Magazine, The American Scholar, and The Washington Post and contributed a chapter to What Editors Do: The Art Craft & Business of Book Editing (The University of Chicago Press). He also wrote the book and lyrics to a musical, How to Save the World and Find True Love in 90 Minutes, which premiered at the New York International Fringe Festival and had a brief Off-Broadway run.
Executive Vice President, Global Public Policy and Government Relations
DeDe Lea is Executive Vice President, Global Public Policy and Government Relations, Paramount. In this role, Lea oversees all government affairs and public policy work for the company globally. She reports to Bob Bakish, President and Chief Executive Officer, Paramount.
Lea brings two decades worth of leadership experience and institutional knowledge to ViacomCBS. She previously served as Viacom’s Executive Vice President of Global Government Affairs since 2013. During this time, Lea guided the development and execution of government relations strategy for the company across its brands and businesses, both domestically and internationally. Before that, she led Viacom’s Government Relations team as Executive Vice President, beginning in 2005. Lea joined Viacom in 1997 as the company’s Vice President of Government Relations.
Lea also served as Vice President of Government Affairs for Dallas-based television broadcasting company Belo Corporation. Prior to her career at Viacom, she was Senior Vice President of Government Relations for the National Association of Broadcasters.
In honor of her work to strengthen diversity and inclusion in media and entertainment, Lea received the 2020 Executive Leadership Award from the T. Howard Foundation. Lea was named one of the industry's Most Powerful Women and a Top Lawyer by Cablefax magazine, and one of the Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America by Black Enterprise Magazine. Additionally, she was a recipient of the 2014 NCTA Vanguard Award for Government and Community Relations.
Lea obtained a J.D. from Georgetown Law, and graduated cum laude from Howard University with a B.A. in Broadcast Management. She currently sits on the boards of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and the MedStar Washington Hospital Center.
President and CEO, Media Networks and Chief Content Officer, Unscripted Entertainment and Adult Animation, Paramount+
Chris McCarthy is president and CEO of Paramount Media Networks, overseeing MTV, Comedy Central, VH1, Pop, CMT, Paramount Network, Smithsonian Channel, Logo, TV Land, the Oscar® nominated MTV Documentary Films and the Emmy®-winning MTV Entertainment Studios. He is also Chief Content Officer, Paramount+, in charge of unscripted entertainment and adult animation.
Appointed President of MTV in 2016, McCarthy quickly returned the brand to #1 with young audiences (p18-34) and transformed the business by growing social footprint to over 750 million followers worldwide. He launched MTV Entertainment Studios, which creates a diverse array of culture-defining hits that include Emily in Paris, RuPaul’s Drag Race, South Park, The Challenge, Love & Hip Hop, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and Yellowstone. Having started at Viacom in 2004 as a freelancer, McCarthy is known for his successful track record of transforming businesses and establishing “creative led cultures”. He credits his accomplishments to always seeing obstacles as opportunities for reinvention, prioritizing diversity & inclusion and working with young audiences who challenge norms and inspire action.
Fueled with a passion for social causes that lead to meaningful change, McCarthy spearheaded the creation of ‘Vote Early Day’, a new national holiday that drove record youth turnout in the 2020 U.S. Election. He also recently launched an industry-leading mental health coalition of more than 1,300 business, government agencies and cultural leaders, to reimagine the role that storytelling can play to positively impact the portrayal of mental health in content to help address this rising crisis.
The recipient of two Oscar nominations, multiple Emmy Awards and two Peabody® Awards, McCarthy grew up in a working-class family in Philadelphia, the first to graduate from college, earning a B.S. with Honors in Commerce and Engineering from Drexel University and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
McCarthy is a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, the Executive Champion of The BEAT+, ViacomCBS’s Black Employee Affinity Group, and a member of the Peabody Board of Directors.
Scott M. Mills
Scott M. Mills is CEO, BET. In this role, Mills is responsible for overseeing the overall strategy and day-to-day operations of BET, including oversight of the programming, ad sales and digital teams.
Previously, Mills served as Viacom’s Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer responsible for Human Resources, Media Technology Services, Real Estate, Programming Acquisitions, Facilities and Security.
Prior to joining the Paramount executive team, Mills was President and Chief Operating Officer for BET Networks. In this capacity, Mills led its business functions, including sales, finance, legal and business affairs, human resources, digital, research, strategic planning, business development, and administration. As COO, he also led the launch of BET’s CENTRIC channel.
Prior to his appointment to Chief Operating Officer, Mills was Chief Financial Officer and President of Digital Media for BET Networks. As CFO, Mills was responsible for the company’s finance functions, including accounting, reporting, financial planning, tax, treasury and controls, as well as corporate research, strategic planning and business development. As President of Digital Media, Mills launched BET Mobile and BET’s digital video distribution operations. Before becoming CFO, Mills was Executive Vice President and COO of BET Interactive, where he oversaw the launch of BET.COM and led the property to become a leading online destination for African Americans.
After working in investment banking and serving as Deputy Treasurer of the City of Philadelphia, Mills joined BET as Senior Vice President of Business Development in 1997. A native of New York, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Chief Content Officer, Scripted Originals, Paramount+ and Chairman & CEO, Showtime Networks Inc.
David Nevins serves as Chief Content Officer, Scripted Originals, Paramount+ and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Showtime Networks Inc. Nevins is responsible for the development and deployment of scripted originals, including both dramas and comedies, for Paramount+ and for overseeing all aspects of Showtime Networks and its channels, along with BET.
Nevins also chairs the Paramount Content Council, comprised of content leaders across the company, to ensure that these leaders and other senior executives are working together to maximize the use of IP and talent relationships across the combined company.
As Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Showtime Networks Inc., Nevins manages the company’s programming, distribution, business development, finance, marketing, scheduling, research, streaming, acquisitions, legal, network operations and corporate communications teams, as well as SHOWTIME Sports®. He also works closely with CBS Corporation’s international and domestic distribution groups on the monetization of Showtime Networks content around the world.
Since joining the company in 2010 and under his leadership, SHOWTIME launched its stand-alone streaming service along with countless hit series, including the critically acclaimed originals YOUR HONOR, THE GOOD LORD BIRD, BILLIONS, RAY DONOVAN, SHAMELESS, THE AFFAIR, THE CIRCUS, THE CHI and TWIN PEAKS. The first project greenlit by Nevins at the network, HOMELAND, was the recipient of Golden Globe® and Emmy® Awards for Outstanding Drama Series, as well as a prestigious Peabody Award. During his tenure, SHOWTIME has also become the industry leader in boxing.
Before joining Showtime Networks, Nevins was an Emmy Award-winning producer and network programming executive. He served as President of Imagine Television from 2002-2010, where he oversaw development, production and was an executive producer on all Imagine Television shows. Under his leadership, Imagine produced Arrested Development, which won the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series, and 24, which won for Outstanding Drama Series. He also developed and executive produced Parenthood, Lie to Me, Shark and the critically acclaimed series Friday Night Lights, which received honors from the American Film Institute (AFI) for Television Program of the Year and the Peabody Award. Nevins also received an Emmy Award nomination for his work as an executive producer on the final season of Friday Night Lights.
Prior to joining Imagine, Nevins served as Executive Vice President of Programming at Fox Broadcasting Company. He oversaw all development and current programming for such series as The Bernie Mac Show, Malcolm in the Middle, as well as the Emmy and Golden Globe® Award-winning first season of 24. Previously, Nevins served as Senior Vice President, Primetime Series at NBC, where he was responsible for the development and creative supervision of such renowned dramas and comedies as ER, The West Wing, Will & Grace, Homicide: Life on the Street, and Law & Order: SVU.
In 2014, Nevins was awarded the prestigious Vanguard Award for Programmers, the top honor of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association. He serves on various industry boards, including the HRTS Board of Directors, the George Foster Peabody Awards Board of Advisors and the Paley Center Los Angeles Board of Governors, and is on the ATAS Executive Committee. Nevins currently serves as the Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Friends of the Saban Community Clinic, who honored him with the Leadership Award at its annual Gala in 2013. In 2016, Nevins was honored with the Dorothy and Sherrill C. Corwin Human Relations Award from the American Jewish Committee Los Angeles, and in 2018, he received the Frank Stanton Award for Excellence in Communication from the Center of Communication.
Nevins graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Amherst College. He and his wife, Emmy Award-winning and Academy Award® nominated documentary filmmaker Andrea Blaugrund Nevins, live in Los Angeles. They have a daughter and two sons.
Executive Vice President, Chief Communications and Corporate Marketing Officer
Julia Phelps is Executive Vice President, Chief Communications and Corporate Marketing Officer, Paramount. In this role, Phelps oversees the company’s Corporate Communications, Corporate and Cross-Company Marketing, Corporate Social Responsibility/ESG, Special Events and Internal Creative teams. She reports to Bob Bakish, President and Chief Executive Officer, Paramount.
Phelps previously served as Executive Vice President of Communications, Culture and Marketing at Viacom since 2017. During this time, Phelps was integral in shaping and communicating Viacom’s strategy to evolve for the future. She guided key initiatives for the company, including the development and roll-out of Viacom’s corporate mission, vision and values; the global launch of Spark, a next-generation town hall for employees; and Generation Change, a global platform designed to elevate and empower young people who drive change around the world.
Prior to this position, Phelps was Executive Vice President of Communications for Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), where she was responsible for VIMN’s communications strategy, positioning and brand publicity for Viacom’s businesses outside of the U.S. She also managed internal communications across VIMN’s offices and key lines of business, including international mergers and acquisitions, and new channel and product launches. Before that, Phelps served as Vice President of Corporate Communications for Viacom, where she managed communications strategy, including executive communications, ad sales, content distribution and marketing, and corporate responsibility. Phelps joined Viacom in 2005 from DeVries Public Relations, a New York-based communications agency.
A native of Canada, Phelps holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Victoria in British Columbia, and an M.S. in strategic communications from Columbia University.
Executive Vice President, Chief People Officer
Nancy Phillips is Executive Vice President, Chief People Officer, Paramount, overseeing the combined company’s global human resources organization. Phillips is responsible for driving the company’s human resources strategy and delivering global programs to create a positive employee experience and a culture of high performance. Additionally, she leads the company’s HR business partners, talent acquisition, organizational effectiveness, learning and development, total rewards, people analytics, and HR operations. She also oversees global security.
Phillips previously served as the Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer at Nielsen, as well as on the Nielsen Foundation’s Board of Directors. Under her leadership, Nielsen was ranked No. 2 on Forbes’ “Employers for Diversity” list and received multiple “Great Place to Work” awards globally. Prior to joining Nielsen, Phillips was Chief Human Resources Officer of Broadcom prior to its sale to Avago Technologies, the largest technology deal in history at that time. Before that, she led the HR organization for Hewlett Packard’s Imaging and Printing Group, as well as the company’s Enterprise Services business group, a global organization with more than 120,000 employees. Prior to HP, Phillips served as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Fifth Third Bancorp, a diversified financial services company with $133 billion in assets. Earlier, she spent 11 years with the General Electric Company serving in a variety of HR leadership roles.
Phillips is active in a range of professional associations, and, in 2006, received a YWCA TWIN (Tribute to Women) award in Silicon Valley for her commitment to diversity and inclusion. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of FranklinCovey, a NYSE-listed company specializing in business consulting and leadership training. Phillips began her professional career as an attorney, and is a member of The Florida Bar. She earned a B.A. in English from the University of Delaware and a J.D. from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama.
President and Chief Executive Officer of Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon, and Chief Content Officer, Movies and Kids & Family, Paramount+
Brian Robbins is President and Chief Executive Officer of Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon, and Chief Content Officer, Movies and Kids & Family, Paramount+.
As President & CEO of Paramount Pictures, Robbins oversees the filmed entertainment division’s creative strategy and worldwide business operations including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, and Paramount Players, Paramount Home Entertainment, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., and Paramount Studio Group. In this role, he is focused on driving Paramount’s theatrical success through dynamic, audience-building storytelling; and securing strategic filmmaker partnerships to expand the studio’s global franchise business across live-action features, animation, consumer products and themed entertainment.
In his role as President & CEO of Nickelodeon, Robbins has global oversight of all creative, strategic, and business operations for Paramount Global’s kids and young-adult focused brands. He is also charged with overseeing the company’s animated and live-action feature-length films and series, digital content, and live events.
As Chief Content Officer, Movies and Kids & Family, Paramount+, Robbins is responsible for growing the service’s global portfolio of live-action and animated kids and family programming, both episodic and film. These programs include PAW Patrol, Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years, Rugrats, The J Team, the wildly successfully new version of iCarly, and the first-ever Star Trek series for the kids and family audience, the animated Star Trek: Prodigy.
Robbins first joined the organization in 2017 as the first President of Paramount Players, after which he became President of Nickelodeon in 2018, and then President, Kids & Family Entertainment, for ViacomCBS (now Paramount). Prior to establishing Paramount Players, Robbins was the Founder & CEO of the multiplatform media company Awesomeness, which developed such unprecedented influence among Gen Z viewers that it was acquired, first, by DreamWorks Animation in 2013, and then by Viacom, in 2018.
Robbins began his career as a prolific producer of television, film, and digital media, and is best known for executive producing popular and critical television hits aimed at teens and young audiences, including the long-running CW series Smallville and One Tree Hill; Nickelodeon’s All That and Kenan and Kel; Disney Channel’s So Random; and Spike TV’s Blue Mountain State. He also produced the popular WB series What I Like About You and HBO’s Arli$$. In the feature film world, his directing and producing credits include the hit film Varsity Blues and Paramount Pictures’ Coach Carter, among many others.
Robbins is a board member of the Motion Picture Association of America, and is the recipient of a Directors Guild Award, a Peabody Award, and the Pioneer Prize from the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He is a board member of pocket.watch, a digital-first studio building global franchises from YouTube stars for the next generation of families. Robbins is based in Los Angeles, Calif.
Colleen Fahey Rush
Executive Vice President and Chief Research Officer
Colleen Fahey Rush is Executive Vice President and Chief Research Officer at Paramount. Rush oversees the research, insights and data analytics functions across Paramount's leading portfolio of broadcast, streaming, entertainment, news and sports brands. She is also responsible for the corporate research function including data collection and analysis spanning the company’s business portfolio to support strategic priorities.
Rush leads research and insights across content, streaming, marketing, brand strategy, trend forecasting, digital and social to inform decision making, drive strategy and super serve audiences in today’s evolving media landscape. Under her guidance and leadership, she built Viacom’s corporate consumer insights practice dedicated to new technologies and emerging consumer behaviors to inform key stakeholders. She continues to play an instrumental role in the industry advocating for the improvement of linear, digital and multiplatform media measurement and analytics in order to manage and aggregate data across all of Viacom’s media and digital properties.
Rush most recently served as Executive Vice President and Chief Research Officer of Viacom Media Networks. Her previous roles also include Executive Vice President of Strategic Insights & Research and Senior Vice President, Research & Insights for VH1, CMT and Logo.
Rush is on the Board of Trustees at the Advertising Research Foundation (ARF), on the Advisory Board of Civic Science, and sits on the Advisory Board for Cornell University’s Department of Communication. She holds a U.S. Patent in Systems and Methods for Delivering Online Advertisements.
She earned a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and has an M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Jo Ann Ross
President and Chief Advertising Revenue Officer, U.S. Advertising Sales, Paramount
Jo Ann Ross is President and Chief Advertising Revenue Officer of U.S. Advertising Sales at Paramount. In this role, Ross leads advertising sales for the company’s portfolio of iconic brands across all platforms – including BET, CBS Entertainment, CBS News, CBS Sports, Comedy Central, CMT, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network and Smithsonian – as well as its ad-supported streaming services Paramount+ and Pluto TV. Additionally, Ross oversees a robust suite of data-driven advertising capabilities and creative marketing solutions, including EyeQ – Paramount’s rapidly growing premium video advertising platform reaching 70 million monthly unique viewers.
An industry trailblazer, Ross is the longest-tenured sales head in broadcast television and the first woman to ever serve as sales chief of a broadcast network. She’s worked in various roles across the company for over three decades and has strong relationships with the world’s biggest advertisers and agencies.
Ross was promoted to her current role in December 2019 following the close of the merger between CBS Corporation and Viacom. Prior to that, she served as CBS’ President and Chief Advertising Revenue Officer since August 2017, where she was responsible for overseeing CBS’ multiplatform advertising sales effort. Ross previously served as President, Network Sales, CBS Television Network since October 2002, responsible for overseeing all sales for CBS Entertainment, Sports, Daytime, News and Late Night.
Before being named president of the CBS sales division, Ross served as Executive Vice President of Sales from September 1998 to October 2002, where she oversaw all sales for CBS’ primetime schedule. She also played a major role in creating new ways to sell Network programming, including reality, scripted, news and late-night genres. She joined CBS in 1992 as Vice President of Olympic Sales, in charge of Network sales for the Lillehammer Winter Olympics in 1994 and the Nagano Winter Olympics in 1998.
Prior to joining CBS, Ross was with the ABC Network for three years, where she sold daytime before being named a Prime Account Executive. Before that, Ross worked at the media buying firm Bozell, starting as an assistant buyer and working her way up to Senior Vice President, where she ran the network buying department.
Ross has been honored with notable industry accolades throughout the course of her career, including recognition on the annual Adweek50 list, The Hollywood Reporter’s “100 Most Powerful Women in Entertainment,” AdAge’s “Media Mavens,” Multichannel News’ “Wonder Women,” The Gracies Leadership Award from the Alliance of Women in Media, IRTS’ “Hall of Mentorship,” Variety’s “Women’s Impact Report” and Women in Sports and Entertainment’s “Woman of the Year” award, among others.
President and CEO, Streaming
Tom Ryan is the President and CEO, Paramount Streaming, and oversees the company’s global streaming strategy across both paid and free services, including Paramount+ and Pluto TV, the leading free streaming television service.
Launched in 2014, Ryan was the CEO and cofounder of Pluto TV, which now carries and programs hundreds of live, linear streaming channels and thousands of on-demand movies and TV shows in partnership with major TV networks, movie studios, publishers, and digital media companies. Pluto TV was acquired by Viacom for $340 million in January of 2019. Under his leadership, the platform achieved unparalleled momentum and scale attracting a user base of over 36.5 million global viewers, key partnerships with over 200 content and media companies, 30 + distribution partners, and an international footprint that spans three continents, and 35 countries, throughout the US, Europe and Latin America.
Tom also serves as a founding board member of Smule, the leader in social music with over 50 million monthly users performing over 20 million songs daily via its mobile apps.
Prior to his current role, from 2008 to 2012, Ryan was the CEO of Threadless, a popular ecommerce platform specializing in crowdsourced art. He served on the board of men’s clothing service Trunk Club until its acquisition by JW Nordstrom in 2014 and Society6, through its acquisition by Leaf Group in 2013. Early in his career, Tom served as SVP of Digital Strategy at EMI Music as well as co-founder of Cductive (an early digital music retailer company that he merged with eMusic).
He holds an AB from Dartmouth College and an MBA from INSEAD in France and lives in Los Angeles with his wife and 3 children.
Executive Vice President, Global Head of Inclusion at Paramount and Executive Vice President, Public Affairs, Nickelodeon
Marva Smalls is the Executive Vice President, Global Head of Inclusion at Paramount and Executive Vice President, Public Affairs, Nickelodeon. As EVP, Global Head of Inclusion, Smalls reports directly to Paramount’s President and CEO, Bob Bakish. Her role includes implementing strategic initiatives and fostering partnerships that promote and advance diversity, inclusion and belonging for Paramount enterprise-wide, with both internal and external stakeholders globally. As EVP, Public Affairs, Kids & Family Entertainment Brands, Smalls also oversees all corporate responsibility initiatives and relationships with external advocates and regulators for Nickelodeon.
Smalls has more than three decades of leadership experience in the public and private sectors. She previously served in dual roles as EVP, Global Head of Inclusion Strategy, Viacom, and EVP, Public Affairs and Chief of Staff, Nickelodeon. During this time, she developed best-in-class diversity and inclusion initiatives and advisory councils that inspired employee engagement and fostered a collaborative culture, while driving innovation and business results. She established Viacom’s Employee Resource Groups globally and expanded key partnerships in international markets. As Chief Of Staff for Nickelodeon, Smalls also partnered with the network’s President to manage day-to-day operations.
Before joining Viacom in 1993, Smalls was the Chief of Staff for U.S. Congressman Robin Tallon (D-SC) and served in South Carolina Governor Richard Riley’s administration. She was the first African-American Chief of Staff for a white Southern Member of Congress.
Smalls is a founding member of the Black Economic Alliance and serves on numerous boards including the American Theatre Wing, the International African American Museum, the James Beard Foundation, the Heisman Trophy Trust, and Synovus Bank/South Carolina.
Smalls holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from the University of South Carolina, where she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities. Additionally, she founded the Marva Smalls Endowment, which has awarded more than $1.5 million to programs for youth and families, as well as a $1 million endowment to the Ronald McNair Center to support aerospace students from underrepresented populations. She resides in New York and South Carolina.
Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer
Phil Wiser is an industry-leading technology and digital media entrepreneur and executive. He serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of Paramount, leading the global technology strategy, shared services, operations and transformation of the combined company. He reports to Naveen Chopra, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Paramount.
Prior to the merger of Viacom and CBS in December 2019, Wiser was the Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of CBS Corporation, where he oversaw the technology strategy and development across the company’s entire business portfolio. Before joining CBS, Wiser served as Chief Technology Officer at Hearst. In this role, he managed Hearst’s technology migration to the cloud, and established a data-driven, cloud-first media environment for its digital businesses. Wiser was also the Chief Technology Officer at Sony Corporation of America and Sony Music, responsible for creating the digital businesses at Sony Music, including the forging of the groundbreaking deal to launch iTunes.
Earlier in his career, Wiser was a key pioneer in the creation of the online digital music industry and the over-the-top TV market as founder of Liquid Audio and Sezmi. Both companies were the first to create commercial Internet-based media offerings in music and television. With numerous patents issued for these efforts, he broke new ground across the areas of IP based content delivery, machine recommendation systems, video delivery over the Internet and cybersecurity.
Board of Directors
Non-Executive Chair, Paramount
Shari Redstone is a media executive with wide-ranging experience in the entertainment industry and related ventures. She is Non-Executive Chair of Paramount's Board of Directors, having previously served as Vice Chair of the Boards of Viacom Inc. and CBS Corporation prior to the combination of the companies in 2019.
Ms. Redstone is Chairperson, CEO and President of National Amusements, a world leader in the motion picture exhibition industry. She is also Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Advancit Capital, an investment firm launched in 2011 that focuses on early stage companies at the intersection of media, entertainment and technology.
Ms. Redstone serves on the Board of Trustees for the Paley Center for Media and is actively involved in charitable, civic and educational organizations. She is a member of the Board of Trustees at Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
Ms. Redstone earned a BS from Tufts University, and a JD and a Masters in Tax Law from Boston University. She practiced corporate law, estate planning and criminal law in the Boston area before joining National Amusements.
Robert M. Bakish
President and Chief Executive Officer, Paramount
Robert M. Bakish is President and Chief Executive Officer of Paramount, one of the world’s leading producers of premium, multi-platform media and entertainment content and a critical partner across the broader media eco-system. Paramount’s operations span Paramount Pictures, CBS, Showtime, a portfolio of global media brands (including Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, BET and Paramount Network), international broadcast networks (including Channel 5 in the UK, Telefe in Argentina and Network 10 in Australia), as well as a range of OTT products (including Pluto TV, Paramount+, Showtime OTT, Noggin and BET+). As such, the company is active in virtually all genres of video entertainment, including drama, action, comedy, unscripted, news, sports, music and more, and has a very high volume of original production and a massive library. The company delivers the largest audience share in U.S. Television and has #1 positions across every demographic, making it a cornerstone network and content supplier for video distributors and, when combined with its leadership position in the advanced advertising space, a leading marketing solutions partner for agencies and their clients. In addition, the company has a very significant international operating footprint, with a network portfolio reaching 180 countries across 45 languages. The company’s IP is also deployed globally across a broad range of applications, including in short form and social media, consumer products, recreation and live events.
Prior to the recombination of Viacom and CBS, Mr. Bakish was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Viacom since December 2016. He led the revitalization and evolution of Viacom’s core businesses, returning the company to growth and extending its leadership across multiplatform entertainment content, next-generation distribution and advertising. Through a strategy to deepen and expand Viacom’s presence in digital and live experiences, Mr. Bakish also stewarded the key acquisitions of free streaming television service Pluto TV; Gen-Z focused brand Awesomeness; influencer marketing firm WhoSay; and VidCon, the world’s largest celebration of online video fans and creators.
Mr. Bakish previously headed the company’s international business as President and CEO of Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) beginning in 2007. Under his leadership, VIMN more than doubled revenues and broadened its portfolio with new, broadly distributed pay-TV networks, including Spike and the Paramount Channel, as well as major broadcast networks Channel 5 in the UK, Telefe in Argentina and Colors in India. At the same time, he guided the company to launch Viacom Play Plex and other innovative mobile streaming offerings that introduced a new generation of young audiences to Viacom’s popular brands and IP.
Mr. Bakish joined Viacom in 1997, and held a series of senior corporate, sales and development positions at the company. He previously worked as a partner with Booz Allen & Hamilton in its Media and Entertainment practice.
Mr. Bakish has an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School and a B.S. in Operations Research from Columbia’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. He serves on the boards of both schools and is also a Director on the Board of AVID Technology, a NASDAQ-listed company.
Candace K. Beinecke
Nominating and Governance Committee Member
Ms. Beinecke is the Senior Partner of Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP, a New York-based international law firm, and is known for her corporate governance and M&A expertise. In 1999, she was named as the first woman to chair a major New York law firm, a position she held for 17 years. She has represented numerous public and private entities and has served as counsel to their boards and independent trustees.
Ms. Beinecke serves as Chairperson of the board of First Eagle Funds, a leading U.S. mutual fund family and is the Lead Trustee of Vornado Realty Trust. She previously served on the board of ALSTOM, a public French transport company. Ms. Beinecke is a Director of the Partnership for New York City, a Trustee and member of the Executive Committee of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Chair of The Wallace Foundation.
Barbara M. Byrne
Audit Committee Chair
Ms. Byrne is Former Vice Chairman of Barclays PLC. Prior to Barclays, Ms. Byrne worked at Lehman Brothers, where she was the first woman to serve as Vice Chairman. Ms. Byrne has over 37 years of experience in the financial services industry and is credited with developing longstanding partnerships with diverse groups of multinational corporate clients and leading teams on diverse financing and complex strategic advisory assignments. She began her career at Mobil Oil Corporation.
Ms. Byrne has held a number of board positions, including as a member of the New York City Board of the British-American Business Council, an Executive Committee Member of the Mount Holyoke College Board of Trustees, Chairman of the Finance Committee at Mount Holyoke College, a member of the Audit Committee of Mount Holyoke College, and a member of Stuart Country Day School. She is currently a member of the International Women’s Forum and a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Linda M. Griego
Compensation Committee Member
Ms. Griego has served, since 1986, as President and Chief Executive Officer of Griego Enterprises, Inc., a business management company. For more than 20 years, Ms. Griego oversaw the operations of Engine Co. No. 28, a prominent restaurant in downtown Los Angeles that she founded in 1988. From 1990 to 2000, Ms. Griego held a number of government-related appointments, including Deputy Mayor of the city of Los Angeles, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Los Angeles Community Development Bank, and President and Chief Executive Officer of Rebuild LA, the agency created to jump-start inner-city economic development following the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
Over the past two decades, Ms. Griego has served on a number of government commissions and boards of directors of nonprofit organizations, including current service on the Boards of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the MLK Health and Wellness, CDC, and the Community Development Technologies Center. Ms. Griego has served as a director of publicly traded and private corporations, including presently serving as Director of AECOM Technology Corporation and the American Funds (7 funds).
Robert N. Klieger
Mr. Klieger is a Partner in the Los Angeles law firm Hueston Hennigan LLP. Mr. Klieger’s practice focuses on complex civil litigation and counseling in the areas of entertainment and intellectual property. Mr. Klieger represents motion picture studios, broadcast and cable television networks, production companies, video game publishers and high net worth individuals in the media and entertainment space, as well as clients in other industries including apparel, aviation and venture capital. Prior to joining Hueston Hennigan, Mr. Klieger was a Partner at Irell & Manella LLP and a Founding Partner at Kendall Brill & Klieger LLP.
Before beginning his career in private practice, Mr. Klieger served as a law clerk to the Honorable Cynthia Holcomb Hall of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the Honorable William Matthew Byrne, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
Judith A. McHale
Compensation Committee Chair,
Audit Committee Member
Ms. McHale has extensive experience leading a major media conglomerate with a background in operations and financial management, expertise in global affairs, experience in government affairs and extensive public company and corporate governance experience.
Ms. McHale is President and Chief Executive Officer of Cane Investments, LLC, a private investment company. Prior to joining Cane Investments in 2011, Ms. McHale served as the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs for the U.S. Department of State from 2009 to 2011. From 2004 to 2006, Ms. McHale served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Discovery Communications, Inc., the parent company of Discovery Channel, and served as its President and Chief Operating Officer from 1995 to 2004. In 2006, Ms. McHale worked with private equity firm Global Environment Fund to launch the GEF/Africa Growth Fund, an investment vehicle focused on supplying expansion capital to small and medium-sized enterprises that provide consumer goods and services in emerging African markets. She has served on the board of Ralph Lauren Corporation since 2011 and the board of Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. since 2013. She previously served on the boards of SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc., Host Hotel & Resorts, Inc., DigitalGlobe Inc., John Hancock Financial Services, Inc. and Potomac Electric Power Company.
Ronald L. Nelson
Audit Committee Member,
Compensation Committee Member
Mr. Nelson has extensive experience as a chief executive officer, chief financial officer and chief operating officer of major global companies, significant financial expertise, international business experience, public company and corporate governance experience and a long-standing background in the media industry.
Mr. Nelson served as a consultant to Avis Budget Group, Inc. until May 2019. Prior to that, he served as Executive Chairman of the board of Avis Budget Group from 2016 to 2018 and as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 2006 to 2015, and also served as Chief Operating Officer from 2010 to 2015. Prior to that, Mr. Nelson held several executive finance and operating roles, beginning in 2003 with Cendant Corporation, including as its Chief Financial Officer and President and a member of its board from 2003 to 2006. From 1994 to 2003, Mr. Nelson served as Co-Chief Operating Officer of DreamWorks SKG. Prior to that, he was Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and a Director at Paramount Communications, Inc., formerly Gulf + Western Industries, Inc. Mr. Nelson has served on the board of Hanesbrands Inc. since 2008 and its Non-Executive Chairman since 2019, and on the board of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Inc. since 2019. He previously served on the board of Convergys Corporation.
Charles E. Phillips, Jr.
Nominating and Governance Committee Member
Mr. Phillips has extensive experience as a senior executive in a large, multinational corporation, financial industry background and financial and analytical expertise, significant public company and corporate governance experience, expertise in technology issues and familiarity with issues facing media, new media and intellectual property-driven companies and a deep knowledge of Viacom.
Mr. Phillips is Chairman of Infor, Inc., a multi-billion dollar enterprise software company, and served as its Chief Executive Officer from 2010 to 2019. He was a President of Oracle Corporation from 2003 to 2010 and served as a member of its Board of Directors and Executive Management Committee from 2004 to 2010. Prior to Oracle, Mr. Phillips was a Managing Director at Morgan Stanley in the Technology Group and served on its Board of Directors. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the Apollo Theater, Business Executives for National Security and the New York Police Foundation. He served on President Obama’s Economic Recovery Board, led by Paul Volcker, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Phillips earned a BS in Computer Science from the U.S. Air Force Academy, an MBA from Hampton University and a JD from New York Law School, and he is a member of the Georgia State Bar Association.
Nominating and Governance Committee Member
Ms. Schuman is Executive Chair of SYPartners, a consultancy that partners with the world’s most senior leaders undergoing business and cultural transformations. Ms. Schuman has worked alongside Fortune 100 CEOs and their teams to help build their strategies, cultures and human behaviors throughout their organizations. She has worked with executives at AARP, Ascena, Ann Inc., Blackstone, CitiVentures, Coach, Kohl’s, IBM, eBay, Facebook, GE, Target, Starbucks, Oprah Winfrey Network, Weight Watchers, Viacom, The CW and Yahoo!, among many others.
Prior to SYPartners, Ms. Schuman was the General Manager of Studio Archetype, one of the first premier web design firms in the U.S. She also ran her own marketing and product strategy consulting firm. Ms. Schuman spent seven years at Apple Computer, where she was Group Manager of Worldwide Product Marketing. Ms. Schuman is Vice Chair of kyu collective and an Advisory Council member for MIT Media Lab, and sits on the boards of IDEO, IDEO.org and Wheels Up.
Nominating and Governance Committee Chair
Ms. Seligman has extensive media industry experience with various leadership roles at a major media conglomerate, public company and corporate governance experience, and exceptional achievements in the legal profession.
Until March 2016, Ms. Seligman served as the President of Sony Entertainment, Inc. (beginning in 2014) and of Sony Corporation of America (beginning in 2012), and as Senior Legal Counsel of Sony Group (beginning in 2014). Ms. Seligman previously served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Sony Corporation from 2005 to 2014. She joined Sony in 2001 and served in a variety of other capacities during her tenure, including as a Corporate Executive Officer and Group Deputy General Counsel of Sony Corporation, and as General Counsel and an Executive Vice President at Sony Corporation of America, a subsidiary of Sony Corporation. Prior to joining Sony Corporation of America, Ms. Seligman was a partner in the litigation practice at Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington, D.C., where she worked on a broad range of complex civil and criminal matters and counseled a wide range of clients, including President William Jefferson Clinton and Lt. Col. Oliver North. Ms. Seligman joined Williams & Connolly in 1985. Ms. Seligman served as law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall on the Supreme Court of the United States from 1984 to 1985 and as law clerk to Judge Harry T. Edwards at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit from 1983 to 1984. Ms. Seligman has served on the board of Far Point Acquisition Corporation since 2018 and the board of MeiraGTx Holdings plc since 2019, and has been a Non-Executive Director of WPP plc since 2014 and its Senior Independent Director since 2016. She has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Doe Fund since 2017.
Frederick O. Terrell
Audit Committee Member
Mr. Terrell served as Executive Vice Chairman of Investment Banking and Capital Markets at Credit Suisse and later Senior Advisor from January 2018 to November 2018. From June 2010 to December 2017 he was Vice Chairman of Investment Banking and Capital Markets at Credit Suisse. His investment banking career began in 1983 as an Associate with The First Boston Corporation. During his accomplished career in the financial services sector spanning more than 25 years, Mr. Terrell was responsible for Credit Suisse’s global banking relationships with some of its most high profile clients. From 2000 to 2008 he was the Managing Partner of Provender Capital Group, LLC a private equity firm focusing on investments in emerging companies.
Mr. Terrell serves as a member of the board of directors of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, and has served as a member of the board of the New York Life Insurance Company, Wellchoice Inc. (formerly Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield) and Carver Bancorp, Inc. His experience also includes past and present service on multiple not-for-profit boards, including the Yale School of Management, The Partnership for New York City, The Partnership Fund for New York City, Coro New York Leadership Center, Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City and the Center for a New American Security. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and The Economic Club of New York.