Raffaele Annecchino, the international CEO of Paramount Global, has been placed “on leave,” according to an internal note seen by Deadline.
A brief statement revealed that the director, who is believed to be a senior lieutenant of Paramount President and CEO Bob Bakish in Europe, was no longer in office, but did not provide further details on the situation. “As of today, Raffaele Annecchino, President, Paramount International Studios, Networks and Streaming, is on leave from the company,” the note read.
Annecchino is interim replaced by JC Acosta, President, International Studios, Streaming and Networks for Southern Europe, Latin America, Middle East and Africa; Maria Kyriacou, President, Australia, Canada, Israel and UK; and Mark Specht, Executive VP and Managing Director, Central and Northern Europe and Asia, note the notes.
Annecchino has led the roles of Paramount+ and Pluto TV in Europe, and recently gave Marco Nobili and Olivier Jollet key new roles to help boost the expansion. He also had ultimate oversight of international networks such as Channel 5 in the UK, Telefe in Argentina and Network Ten in Australia, and oversaw the Indian joint venture Viacom18, which this week acquired the lucrative rights to the Indian subcontinent to the Indian Premier League. -cricket won.
He had a long time at Paramount, working under his previous guise as ViacomCBS. He joined MTV Networks International in 1997, having previously worked with Turner.
Based in Madrid, he reported directly to Bakish.