Friday, June 07, 2019

Viacom’s UK, Northern & Eastern European Chief James Currell Departs Company After 18 Years

James Currell, Viacom’s President of UK, Northern and Eastern Europe, is leaving the company with immediate effect. The 18-year company veteran had served in the position since early 2017.

Currell, who had a lead role in planning and executing Viacom’s acquisition of Channel 5 in September 2014, has been with the company since 2001 when he joined as Financial Controller of Paramount Pictures, based in Los Angeles, before moving to the international business in 2008 to work as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the UK and Australia. Before taking on his most recent role he was Senior Vice President (SVP), Chief Operating Officer (COO), for VIMN in the UK, Northern and Eastern Europe following David Lynn's promotion to oversee the whole Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) operation as CEO.

The Viacom veteran was promoted to his most recent role, Executive Vice President (EVP) and Managing Director (MD) for the UK and Northern and Eastern Europe, overseeing VIMN businesses in 33 European countries, in 2017 following Bob Bakish’s appointment as Viacom Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

His remit covered the UK, Nordics, Central and Eastern Europe, Russia and Israel, and channels including Nickelodeon, Channel 5 (UK), Comedy Central, MTV and Paramount Network. Currell reported to Lynn.

Currell most recently expanded Channel 5’s catch-up service My5 to include third-party content. Earlier this year, he called for more equal regulation between broadcast and online media and increased partnership between British broadcasters.

Viacom International Media Networks CEO David Lynn will take on oversight of Viacom's U.K. operations on an interim basis until a successor is appointed. The search has started.

Lynn said in an internal email that the company plans to replace Currell, saying: “James has been integral to the extraordinary growth of our operations managed out of the UK in recent years and Viacom owes him a huge debt of gratitude and thanks. He’s played a leading role in the acquisition and integration of Channel 5 and in the success our flagship pay brands have enjoyed in the UK, as well as the strengthening of our operations across Northern and Eastern Europe. I will miss him greatly when he departs.”

Currell added, “I’ve had 18 fantastic years with Viacom and I’m proud to have played my part in the transformation of the operations we manage out of the UK. I’m confident my successor will be taking over a business that is very well placed to continue growing in all the major markets in which we operate. I won’t be here in person, but I’ll always be tracking the progress of the people I’ve worked with at Viacom and wishing the best for the company.”

NickALive! wishes James Currell all the best in all his future endeavours.

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Sources: Deadline, The Hollywood Reporter, TBI Vision, C21 Media.
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