As CBS’s top international executive, Nuñez oversees all international distribution, sales and marketing for programming from CBS Television Studios, CBS Television Distribution, CBS News, SHOWTIME and one of the industry’s largest television libraries of more than 70,000 hours of programming. He is also in charge of creating and licensing international formats, such as AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL and CARPOOL KARAOKE, and managing the company’s international channel ventures. Nuñez leads an international operation that spans 13 offices worldwide for licensing programming across all media platforms in more than 200 territories.
Under Nuñez’s management, CBS Studios International has grown to distribute a comprehensive slate of top-rated, critically acclaimed programming in every genre. He has helped distribute and grow the company’s key franchises around the world, with both CSI and NCIS being named the most-watched drama series in the world. He has also orchestrated landmark agreements with Netflix and Bell Canada for STAR TREK: DISCOVERY and innovative deals for the international expansion of SHOWTIME programming across Canada, Australia and Europe.
Nuñez has been instrumental in building CBS’s international joint venture channel partnerships, with 18 channels spanning 103 territories worldwide. These channels are available in 24 languages and reach 70 million households outside the U.S. CBS-branded channels are seen throughout the United Kingdom, Central and Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East through two ventures with AMC Networks International (f/k/a Liberty Media’s Chello Zone). CBSSI is partnered with Ten Network Holdings Limited in Australia on the digital multi-channel ELEVEN and the RTL CBS Asia Entertainment Network, which has two CBS-branded thematic channels that are widely distributed throughout Southeast Asia.
Nuñez has led CBS’s international distribution business since 1999. Previously, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of CBS Global Distribution Group, which included CBS Studios International (formerly CBS Paramount International Television) and CBS Television Distribution, the preeminent domestic syndicator. 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.
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.
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 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.
Nuñez is a 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.
A native of New York, Nuñez graduated from Fordham University with a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing and management.
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