Viacom Names Sarah Levy COO of Global Entertainment Group

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Viacom has named Sarah Levy Chief Operating Officer of its global entertainment group, the company announced Thursday.

In the newly created role, the executive will oversee operations and strategy for MTV, Comedy Central, VH1, Spike, CMT, TV Land, Logo and Viacom International Media Networks.

Levy will have oversight over Production Management and Operations, Digital, Strategy and Business Development, Research, and Content & Programming Enterprises and also help guide Content Distribution, Finance, Business and Legal Affairs and Human Resources functions across these networks.

“Viacom is committed to making the changes necessary to enhance performance, and we are deeply focused on increasing coordination and collaboration across our individual brands,” President and Chief Executive Officer Bob Bakish said in a statement. “Aligning these network operations under Sarah represents an important step forward to becoming a stronger and more integrated organization. In Sarah’s nearly 20 years at Viacom, she has established a strong track record of success, and has been a key leader at Nickelodeon, helping to drive the network’s long-range strategy and the continued dominance of the brand across every screen and revenue stream.”

Levy most recently served as COO of the Viacom Kids & Family Group and was COO of Viacom’s Nickelodeon prior to that. During her 18-year tenure at Viacom, she has overseen various businesses and departments ranging from Consumer Products to TV Networks to Ad Sales and notably oversaw the acquisition and development of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” franchise.

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