Paramount Executive in Charge of European Streaming Rollout Put ‘On Leave’

Raffaele Annecchino, president of Paramount international studios, networks and streaming, has reportedly been put “on leave” from the company. Annecchino, who has been with Paramount Global since joining MTV Networks International in 1997, was in charge of ongoing efforts Paramount+ and ad-supported Pluto TV in Europe.

Raffaele Annecchino

“Effective today, president, Paramount international studios, networks and streaming, is on leave from the company,” Paramount said in a statement without elaborating.

Filling the void include Juan “JC” Acosta, president of international studios, streaming and networks for Southern Europe, Latin America, Middle East and Africa; Mark Specht, EVP and managing director for Central and Northern Europe and Asia; and Maria Kyriacou, president of Australia, Canada, Israel and the U.K.

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Annecchino was named CEO of ViacomCBS Networks International in December 2020, overseeing VCNI’s mobile strategy globally. He helped launch several digital businesses throughout the EMEA region, ad-supported, subscription-based VOD and ViacomCBS Digital Studios International.

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