Armando Nuñez was named President and Chief Executive Officer of the CBS Global Distribution Group, in October 2012. He reports directly to Leslie Moonves, President and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Corporation.
In this newly created position, Nuñez is responsible for overseeing all of CBS Corporation’s international and domestic distribution operations. The CBS Global Distribution Group includes CBS Studios International, which licenses CBS programming worldwide to more than 200 markets across multiple media platforms, and CBS Television Distribution, the preeminent domestic syndicator and producer of first-run and off-network programming.
Since 2004, Nuñez has been President, CBS Studios International (formerly CBS Paramount International Television). He originally joined CBS as President of what was then called CBS Broadcast International in July 1999, and assumed the additional title of Executive Vice President, CBS Enterprises in January 2000.
As CBS’s top international executive, Nuñez oversees all international distribution, sales and marketing of programming from CBS Television Studios, CBS Television Distribution, CBS News, Showtime and one of the industry’s largest libraries of television product. He is also in charge of creating and licensing international formats, such as AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL, as well as directing 13 offices worldwide and managing the company’s international channel assets.
In October 2012, Nuñez also added oversight of CBS Television Distribution, the preeminent domestic syndicator, to his portfolio. CBS Television Distribution produces or distributes seven of the top 10 first-run syndicated shows, including long-running franchises such as the #1 show in syndication JUDGE JUDY, the #1 talk show DR. PHIL, the #1 newsmagazine ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, the top two game shows, WHEEL OF FORTUNE and JEOPARDY!, as well as the new late-night talk show THE ARSENIO HALL SHOW and off-network hits such as the CSI, NCIS and STAR TREK franchises and EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND.
Under Nuñez’s management over the last decade, CBS Studios International has grown to distribute a comprehensive slate of top-rated, critically acclaimed programming in every genre. Programming assets include the CSI franchise, the NCIS franchise, ELEMENTARY, UNDER THE DOME, THE GOOD WIFE, BLUE BLOODS, HAWAII FIVE-0, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, WHEEL OF FORTUNE, DR. PHIL, THE ARSENIO HALL SHOW, CBS THIS MORNING, 60 MINUTES, CALIFORNICATION, RAY DONOVAN, DEXTER, SURVIVOR, AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL and a library which contains more than 70,000 hours of programming.
In addition, Nuñez is also leading the company’s continued international expansion in channel ventures. In August 2012, Chellomedia and CBS Studios International announced a new agreement to create CBS-branded channels from Chello Zone’s existing bouquet of channels in 83 territories across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, expanding on the successful UK venture for CBS-branded channels. In September 2009, CBS partnered with Liberty Media’s Chello Zone for six CBS branded channels in the UK. In India, CBSSI formed a joint venture with Reliance Broadcast Network Limited to launch three English language channels and one Punjabi channel; and in Australia, CBS has partnered with Ten Network Holdings Limited to provide content for a new youth targeted digital multi-channel, ELEVEN. Then in August 2013, CBSSI and RTL Group announced plans for RTL CBS Asia Entertainment Network, a partnership to launch two thematic channels in the fast-growing South East Asian markets. The two channels, RTL CBS Entertainment and RTL CBS Extreme, will be broadcast in English and local languages and distributed in up to 29 Asian markets including Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
Nuñez has held leadership positions in international distribution for the past 25 years. Prior to joining CBS, he served as President, Universal International Television. In that role, he oversaw all program sales worldwide, as well as the division’s expansion in new areas of distribution. From 1994 to 1997, Nuñez was President, New World International Television Distribution, with responsibility for international sales, marketing and co-production. From 1992 to 1994, Nuñez was Executive Vice President, International Sales, Viacom Entertainment. In addition to selling Viacom’s programming slate worldwide, he was active in supplying product for the company’s global networks, including MTV, VH1 and Showtime.
Nuñez is a former member of the Board of NATPE International, as well as the Board of the International Council of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). In addition, he is currently on the Board of Trustees of Fordham University, and was formerly on the Board of Visitors of the George L. Graziadio School of Business and Management at Pepperdine University.
In 1995 Nuñez was named one of The Hollywood Reporter’s “Next Generation” executives. He was listed in the publication’s Latino Power 50 in 2007. Nuñez was also named one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics by Hispanic Business Magazine in 2007 and 2008. In April 2009, Nuñez was named as one of the “10 Most Powerful Latinos in Entertainment” by Poder Magazine. On the occasion of the MIPTV’s 50th anniversary in 2013, Nuñez was one of the first recipients of the inaugural MIPTV Médaille d’Honneur, which recognized six international television executives, including his father Armando Nuñez, Sr., for their achievements in the industry. At the same time, Nuñez also received the City of Cannes Gold Medal at Cannes City Hall in a ceremony hosted by Mayor Bernard Brochand.
A native of New York, Nuñez graduated from Fordham University with a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and management.
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