Viacom has announced that Cyma Zarghami is stepping down as President of Nickelodeon Group, after working at the network for more than 30 years.
“Over the course of her career, Cyma has played an integral role in growing Nickelodeon into the dominant force in kids’ entertainment. Her instincts for creating content and experiences that kids love have been vital to the brand’s success around the world,” said Bob Bakish, President and CEO of Viacom. “Looking to the future, we are excited to build on this strong foundation as we continue to evolve the business and connect with young audiences in new and innovative ways. I want to extend my deepest gratitude to Cyma for her leadership and wish her every success.”
Sarah Levy, Chief Operating Officer of Viacom Media Networks, will take on leadership of the brand until a permanent successor can be found. She will work closely with the Nickelodeon leadership team to manage operations with a focus on successfully launching the network’s largest-ever content pipeline (800+ new episodes) and accelerating the push into new and next-gen platforms, film, live experiences and consumer products.
Zarghami joined Nickelodeon in 1985 and was named its President in 2006. Under her leadership, Nickelodeon has become a leading global brand for kids, spanning linear and multiplatform programming, film, live experiences and consumer products. Along the way, Zarghami recruited and cultivated high-performing, diverse talent that always reflected the next generation of kids, and the brand continues to attract the industry’s leading creatives and personalities. Today, Nickelodeon has the highest share of total viewing in kids’ television.