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Viacom Spain names new boss

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has appointed a new general manager for Spain, following the promotion of Raffaele Annecchino earlier this year.

Manuel Gil has taken the role of general manager of VIMN in Spain, where he will oversee the strategic direction of the company’s portfolio of brands and businesses across Spain, including MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Comedy and Paramount Channel.

Gil, who previously oversaw VIMN’s brands in Iberia as VP of affiliate and digital media, succeeds Annecchino, who was promoted to MD of Southern Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

In related news, broadcasters across Latin America have picked up live-action programming for teens and tweens from VIMN’s Nickelodeon, which has also expanded in Eastern Europe.

Televisa in Mexico, Venezuela’s Venevision, Costa Rica’s Teletica and TV Hondurena in Honduras have picked up episodes of Supah Ninjas, in which three high school students are drafted into the secret world of crime fighting.

Mexico’s Televisa has also picked up season one of Bucket & Skinner, which follows a surfer dude, alongside episodes of Fred: The Show, season five of iCarly, seasons one and three of Victorious and season four of high school sitcom Zoey.

Band TV in Brazil has acquired seasons one to four of the sitcoms Drake & Josh and Kenan & Kel, as well as seasons one and two of Big Time Rush and five seasons of iCarly. Venezuela’s Venevision has licensed Marvin Marvin, alongside season two of boy band series Big Time Rush, plus episodes of iCarly and Victorious.

Meanwhile, two new localised Nickelodeon channels have launched in Central and Eastern Europe, with local-language version of Nickelodeon arriving in Serbia and Slovenia this month.

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