Deadline earlier today broke the news that Julie McNamara is leaving her post as EVP and Head of Programming for Paramount+.
In his company memo announcing McNamara’s exit, Tom Ryan, ViacomCBS’ President & CEO, Streaming, didn’t name interim replacement and did not address when a replacement will be named. Instead, he said, “I’ll have more to share in the coming weeks on our content structure and look forward to sharing further details about how we will continue to bring the best content from across ViacomCBS to Paramount +.
The wording hinted that the structure of how content is developed for the streamer will likely change. I hear the planned realignment may have contributed to McNamara’s decision to depart as her role would have shifted.
Paramount Television President Nicole Clemens is in talks for that new position which will include some of Clemens’ responsibilities, sources said. A rep for Paramount+ had no comment.
The Feb. 24 ViacomCBS Streaming Event, which unveiled Paramount+, resembled The Disney Co.’s Disney+ presentations where each label/group producing content for the streamer had their own section. For ViacomCBS, those are CBS Studios, Paramount Television, Nickelodeon, BET and MTV Networks. I hear there is a possibility for the new Paramount+ structure to be more decentralized with each supplier responsible for the development of their own content for the streamer.
Clemens’ move to the new position raises questions about the future of Paramount Television. Since Viacom and CBS announced they would merge, there has been speculation that CBS Studios may absorb Paramount TV, a division of Paramount Pictures. A year and a half after the merger was completed, that still has not happened, and I have seen no indications that a consolidation is imminent. However, many industry insiders speculate that such an integration may be inevitable in the long run.
Former ICM agent Clemens held a top programming post at FX before moving to Anonymous Content. She took over Paramount TV in 2018.
Deadline reached out to Paramount+ for comment on Clemens earlier today. The news of her negotiations was subsequently reported by Variety.
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