Paramount Pictures Names New EVP
Paramount Pictures has named longtime Viacom executive Michael Armstrong as EVP Worldwide Television Licensing and Operations. He was most recently General Manager at BET Networks. Before that, Armstrong was the EVP and General Manager over Revenue and Emerging Brands for Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) where he managed the development and expansion of BET, Paramount Channel, and Spike internationally and oversaw International Program Sales, Affiliate Sales, and Viacom Velocity International, VIMN’s ad sales division. In the newly created position Paramount, Armstrong will be charged with leading third-party series distribution efforts with studio partners; managing -- in partnership with Paramount Television -- distribution efforts on local language productions; and overseeing Paramount’s digital monetization team. The 1994 Hampton graduate, who also earned his MBA from the University of Chicago in 2002, will also work closely with Viacom International Studios as it explores the creation of an unwired network for the distribution of series content to international partners. He starts his new role on September 17th and will be based in NYC. More here.