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Viacom rejigs CMT after Dinsmore exit

Viacom has again tweaked the senior management team at its US cablenet CMT following the exit of a senior development exec.

The network’s development is now under the centralised operations of Kevin Cox after the departure of Jayson Dinsmore, who was exec VP of development and production.

Cox will add oversight of CMT to a remit that already covered Viacom networks TV Land and Spike TV (soon to be renamed Paramount Network).

Dinsmore, who had been with CMT since 2011 and previously worked at NBC, worked on the deal that brought country music drama Nashville to the network after it was axed by ABC.

His exit comes less than three months since Viacom reshuffled the leadership team at CMT following the departure of long-standing president Brian Philips.

Frank Tanki, who was named general manager at Viacom sibling TV Land earlier this year, took up the same role at CMT after Philips stepped down from his position following 16 years with the channel.

Tanki is responsible for day-to-day operations at CMT, including programming, marketing and creative, and communications, and will work closely with CMT’s development team to set the overall strategy for the brand. He reports to Kevin Kay, president of Spike, TV Land and CMT.

Following those changes, Dinsmore reported to Cox, who added responsibility for development at Paramount to his previous role as president of development and production at TV Land in February.

Viacom has been integrating operations across its brands since the appointment of Bob Bakish as CEO last year.

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