CBS, Paramount Merge International Units

Under the new leadership of Leslie Moonves, co-president and co-chief operating officer of Viacom Inc., CBS Broadcast International and Paramount International Television will be merged into one entity renamed CBS Paramount International Television.

Armando Nunez, formerly president of CBI, will head the new division. Gary Marenzi, who headed Paramount International Television since 1997, is leaving the company.

Viacom’s two syndication companies--King World Productions and Paramount Domestic Television--will remain separate and independent, according to Moonves.

In his new post, Nunez will oversee all international distribution, sales and marketing for Viacom’s network and syndicated programming, Paramount’s feature films, and the combined CBS and Paramount television libraries on all platforms, including free over-the-air TV, cable and satellite services. Nunez will report to both Roger King, chief executive officer of CBS Enterprises and King World Productions, and Joel Berman, president of Paramount Worldwide Television Distribution.

Contributing editor Paige Albiniak has been covering the business of television for nearly 25 years. She is a longtime contributor to Next TV, Broadcasting + Cable and Multichannel News. She concurrently serves as editorial director for entertainment marketing association Promax. She has written for such publications as TVNewsCheck, The New York Post, Variety, CBS Watch and more. Albiniak was B+C’s Los Angeles bureau chief from September 2002 to 2004, and an associate editor covering Congress and lobbying for the magazine in Washington, D.C., from January 1997-September 2002.