Scott Koondel is Senior Vice President and Chief Corporate Content Licensing Officer for CBS Corp.
In this role, Koondel is responsible for developing and executing a coordinated company strategy designed to maximize revenue from the licensing and distribution of content from all of the Company’s business units, including CBS Studios, CBS Television Network, CBS News, SHOWTIME, CBS Films and CBS Interactive. In addition, Koondel seeks opportunities to optimize the value of programming assets associated with CBS’s interest in The CW, and is responsible for integrating and growing revenue derived from a vast library of past CBS series.
Koondel is closely involved in supporting the Company’s efforts in domestic cable and digital programming sales under the CBS Global Distribution Group, which houses the Company’s domestic and international programming distribution business.
Prior to his promotion to this expanded corporate role in 2012, Koondel had been the President of Distribution for CBS Television Distribution, where he consistently set industry records for the sale of CBS programming in the off-network programming marketplace. At the same time, he spearheaded the Company’s entry into the emerging digital distribution space, and was instrumental in the deals that brought CBS library programming to Netflix and Amazon, among others.
Previously, Koondel served as Executive Vice President, Off-Network, Cable and Interactive Media for CBS Television Distribution, following its creation after the September 2006 merger of King World and CBS Paramount Domestic Television. Before the merger he had been Executive Vice President, Distribution, CBS Paramount Domestic Television, where he oversaw a national sales force for the division’s off-network and first-run syndicated programming. Over the years, he played a key role in the integration of Viacom Productions, Spelling Entertainment, Worldvision and Rysher’s television assets into CBS Paramount Domestic Television.
Prior to CBS’s separation from Viacom in January 2006, Koondel oversaw distribution for all of Paramount Pictures’ theatrical features and managed its library of more than 3,600 titles. He first joined Paramount in 1994 as Eastern Division Manager in New York. He was promoted to Vice President of Off-Network Television Sales in 1997, and soon added first-run television to his responsibilities. In 1999, he was named Senior Vice President and National Sales Manager. Previously, Koondel held executive positions in sales and marketing at Tribune Television, A&E Cable Networks and Cox Communications.
Koondel is a graduate Syracuse University and also attended Cornell University.