Viacom Ups Sarah Levy to COO of Global Entertainment Group


NEW YORK: Viacom has promoted 18-year company veteran Sarah Levy to chief operating officer of its global entertainment group, a newly created post.

Levy will oversee operations and strategy for MTV, Comedy Central, VH1, Spike, CMT, TV Land, Logo and Viacom International Media Networks. She will manage for the group production management and operations, digital, strategy and business development, research, and content and programming enterprises. Levy will also help guide content distribution, finance, business and legal affairs and human resources functions across these networks. She will report directly to President and CEO Bob Bakish.

Bakish said,”Viacom is committed to making the changes necessary to enhance performance, and we are deeply focused on increasing coordination and collaboration across our individual brands. Aligning these network operations under Sarah represents an important step forward to becoming a stronger and more integrated organization. In Sarah’s nearly 20 years at Viacom, she has established a strong track record of success, and has been a key leader at Nickelodeon, helping to drive the network’s long-range strategy and the continued dominance of the brand across every screen and revenue stream.”

Levy said, “I am excited to take on this new role and look forward to working closely with Viacom’s extraordinary operations teams. By taking a holistic view of our networks and establishing a unified and complementary strategy, we will capture the many opportunities that exist to optimize our portfolio for the benefit of our company, distributors and audiences.”

Levy most recently served as COO of the Viacom Kids & Family Group and COO of Nickelodeon prior to that role.