ViacomCBS Networks International has appointed Raffaele Annecchino (pictured) as its new president and CEO. He succeeds David Lynn, who will step down after a short transition period.
Reporting to ViacomCBS president and CEO Bob Bakish, Annecchino will oversee all ViacomCBS media networks and related businesses outside the US, with responsibility for a portfolio of pay-TV brands and networks across six continents. He will also work closely with the global streaming team to lead the international rollout of Pluto TV and the launch Paramount+ in 2021.
Annecchino has been at ViacomCBS for 23 years, most recently serving as president of ViacomCBS Networks Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia (EMEAA). Under his purview, ViacomCBS launched free-to-air channels in Italy, Spain and Germany. And before joining the company in 1997, Annecchino worked at Turner International, Cartoon Network and CNN.
Outgoing president Lynn has been at ViacomCBS for 24 years, and was responsible for numerous growth initiatives and diversifying the company’s international business. He oversaw the launch of Viacom International Studios and the international rollout of Pluto TV and Noggin. Lynn also held several key positions at Nickelodeon over the years, serving for a time as SVP and managing director for Nickelodeon UK, where he helped launch Nick Jr.
Meanwhile, the media conglom is preparing for its Paramount+ launch next year with a recently announced reboot of Nickelodeon series iCarly. The streamer has ordered a revival of the live-action comedy series, with original stars Miranda Cosgrove, Jerry Trainor and Nathan Kress set to return. Jay Kogen (School of Rock, The Simpsons) and Ali Schouten (Diary of a Future President, Champions) are on board to develop the show.