Erin Calhoun, EVP, Communications, Showtime Networks & Paramount Tv Studios, has been appointed to a brand new position as EVP, Communications, Paramount Streaming and Cross-Firm Publicity.
The promotion comes on the heels of Paramount International’s announcement yesterday that Showtime is being built-in into Paramount+, with the linear cable community getting renamed as Paramount+ with Showtime.
As a part of the change, SVP Susan Lundgren is leaving after a decade. Lundgren got here by way of CBS Interactive and later turned SVP Communications for ViacomCBS Streaming.
The promotion of Calhoun, a seasoned communications govt who brings a long time of expertise to the position, is the primary of what’s anticipated to be a slew of modifications within the Showtime govt ranks on account of the combination with Paramount+, together with reassignments, voluntary departures and layoffs.
There will likely be additional consolidation of Paramount’s streaming communications groups from Paramount+, Pluto TV and Showtime beneath Calhoun, who will report back to Tom Ryan, President and CEO of Paramount Streaming. She additionally will collaborate carefully with Chris McCarthy and his group in his position overseeing Showtime. In her cross-company publicity capability, Calhoun will report back to Justin Dini, EVP, Head of Company Communications.
“Paramount is home to a team of world-class communications professionals that regularly produce amazing results on behalf of the company’s portfolio of leading brands,” Dini stated. “This new function will help organize and accelerate our efforts to act as ‘one Paramount’ across the global communications function as we increasingly work together more seamlessly and routinely in support of the company’s biggest priorities.”
Calhoun joined Showtime in 2017 and was named EVP Communications in 2020, reporting to Showtime Chairman and CEO David Nevins. She subsequently added oversight of communications for Paramount TV Studios when the studio was added to Nevins’ portfolio. Following Nevins’ departure final fall, PTVS was shifted to George Cheeks’ purview.
Calhoun got here to Showtime from NBCUniversal Cable Leisure, the place she served as VP of Company Communications, managing commerce and enterprise methods and inner communications for USA Community and Syfy. Previous to becoming a member of NBC, Calhoun labored for six years at Discovery Communications as Vice President of Communications.
Beforehand, Calhoun spent 10 years as an unbiased marketing consultant for varied purchasers together with TNT, TBS, Disney Channel, Discovery and GSN (Recreation Present Community). Earlier than that, Calhoun labored at TNT for 3 years as a Unit Publicist and Press Undertaking Supervisor, overseeing unit publicity for TNT unique movies. Calhoun started her profession at The Immediately Present as a Expertise Coordinator.
“As some of you know, Erin has been a passionate advocate for Paramount and Showtime, leading the development and execution of strategic communications programs that have elevated and distinguished our original programming and creative capabilities in a crowded landscape,” Ryan stated in an organization memo asserting Calhoun’s promotion. “Her deep industry knowledge, strong media relationships, keen instincts and adaptability have made her an essential partner in telling our story to internal and external audiences alike.”
Ryan additionally acknowledged Lundgren.
“I’d like to thank Susan for her contributions during her time at the company, where she helped oversee communications efforts for not only CBS All-Access after it launched, but the incredibly successful rebranding and launch of Paramount+ over the last two years,” he stated. “Susan’s work, along with that of the entire streaming communications team, have been integral to making Paramount+ one of the fastest-growing streaming services in the industry.”
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