VIACOM International Media Networks Announces Key Appointments

Johannesburg, 12 July 2017: Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), a division of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), today announced key appointments for two of Viacom’s flagship brands: The Paramount Channel and BET International.  

Alex Okosi, Executive Vice President and Managing Director of VIMN Africa, will expand his role to include oversight of BET in all markets outside of the US. Jill Offman has been promoted to Executive Vice President, and will add oversight of The Paramount Channel to her current role as Head of Comedy Central International and Managing Director of MTV UK and Comedy Central UK. Both will report to David Lynn, President and CEO of VIMN.

Additionally, Jill Offman will continue to report to James Currell, President and MD, VIMN UKNEE; and Alex Okosi will continue to report to Raffaele Annecchino, President and MD of VIMN SWEMEA with respect to their existing cluster specific roles.

Alex Okosi:
In his expanded role, Okosi will manage the development and overall strategy for BET International.  The driving force behind VIMN Africa, he will continue to oversee entertainment brands MTV Base, MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., NickToons, VH1 Classic‎ and BET on the African continent. 
Jill Offman:
In her new role, Offman will direct the international brand strategy and development of The Paramount Channel, which debuted outside of the US in 2012 and has since grown to 12 channels available in 115 countries.  She will continue to lead Comedy Central outside the US, where she oversees the creative vision and business strategy. Offman is also Managing Director for Comedy Central UK and MTV UK.  In this position, she leads the programming teams for both brands in this market, with responsibility for all the original commissions and acquisitions, as well as research, marketing, communications and creative. 

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