Following the recent restructuring of ViacomCBS – where the chairman and CEO of Showtime Networks David Nevins added oversight of Paramount Television Studios and was appointed Chief Content Officer, Scripted Originals, Paramount +, while Paramount TV Studios president Nicole Clemens also became president of Paramount + Original Scripted Series under Nevins – more senior executives across the portfolio get extended responsibilities or titles upgraded.
It includes Paramount TV Studios’ Jenna Santoianni, EVP TV series and development manager; Cheryl Bosnak, EVP and head of current programming; and Erika Kirkwood, SVP Business Affairs; and Showtime Networks’ Erin Calhoun, communications director.
Santoianni, whose new title is EVP, Paramount TV Studios, will continue to lead the development team and will now also oversee the day-to-day running of the studio under Clemens. EVP & Head of Current Programming Bosnak will now also monitor the current programming at Paramount + and report to Clemens. Kirkwood has been upgraded to EVP & Head of Business Affairs for PTVS. Calhoun, who has been named to EVP Communications Showtime Networks and PTVS, will also oversee communications for PTVS.
“Jenna, Cheryl and Erika have each deserved these elevated and expanded roles through their indispensable and crucial leadership, and I’m really happy to see them move forward in our business,” Clemens said. “Paramount Television Studios has grown rapidly over the last two years with their strategic guidance, and I am confident that we can continue to make groundbreaking, compelling television with this incredible group of executives.”
In his previous position as EVP & Head of Development, Santoianni most recently oversaw the production of the HBO Max series Made for love, who is currently recording his second season. She was also in charge of the production of the upcoming limited series Station eleven, also for HBO Max, and Joe Pickett, based on the popular novels by CJ Box, which will be shown on Spectrum Originals and then on Paramount + in its second window. Currently in production under Santoianni is The offer for Paramount +, which tells the story of the making of the classic Paramount Pictures movie The Godfather. Upcoming for Santoianni on Paramount + is a musical event series Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies, a prequel to the iconic Paramount movie, and American Gigolo, a remake of the original film starring Jon Bernthal on Showtime.
Santoianni joined Paramount Television Studios in 2019 from Sonar Entertainment, where she headed the TV division and oversaw the development and production of more than 40 script series, including Mr. Mercedes, the boat and Lorraine.
Bosnak joined Paramount Television Studios in 2019. She has overseen the production of Apple TV + series Defense Jakob and Home Before Dark as well as the final season of the Netflix series 13 reasons why and second season of Joking anthology series, The Ghost of Lead Manor, also for Netflix. Bosnak also oversaw the production of the third season of Amazon Prime Video’s popular series Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, which starts production on its fourth season this year. In addition, Bosnak oversees the production of the sweeping drama series Shantaram, starring Charlie Hunnam, for Apple TV +, as well as the second season of HBO Max’s Made for love. Prior to joining Paramount Television Studios, Bosnak worked at Disney ABC for 14 years, most recently as VP Current Programming. During that time, she oversaw the creative content and production of comedies and dramas, including Modern Family, Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Desperate Housewives and The Rookie.
Kirkwood has been with Paramount Television Studios since 2016 and most recently served as SVP Business Affairs. She acted as a point dealer across Home Before Dark, made for love and The offer and Long slow exhalation for Spectrum Originals (with another window on BET). Kirkwood has also led negotiations on some of the study’s largest and most complex rights agreements, including Time bandits to Apple TV + and a restart of Small house on the prairie currently under development. Prior to PTVS, Kirkwood worked in Business Affairs at UTA.
As EVP Communications for Showtime Networks, Calhoun has overseen programming advertising, media and talent relations, events, photography, awards, film festivals, philanthropy, sports and corporate branding and corporate press outreach, and served as the company’s communications liaison with parent company ViacomCBS. Calhoun joined Showtime from NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, where she served as VP Corporate Communications. Prior to that, she was Communications Director at Discovery Communications, where she performed similar corporate PR functions while leading communications teams in both New York and Silver Spring, MD.