Nina L. Diaz to lead unscripted, adult animation for Paramount+

Nina L. Diaz is promoted as the head of unscripted and adult animation for Paramount+. The promotion was announced by Chris McCarthy in a memo to MTV Entertainment Group staffers on Thursday.

According to Variety, Diaz will serve as the new chief creative officer for unscripted entertainment and adult animation at Paramount+ while remaining CCO and president of content for MTV Entertainment Group. She will continue to report McCarthy. In addition, Grant Gish’s role as head of adult animation is expanding to include Paramount+ across series and movies, with Gish still reporting to Diaz.

Lily Neumeyer will expand her role to now include head of development for unscripted entertainment, Paramount+ and MTVE, continuing to report to Diaz. While Tolani Holmes is being promoted to the new role of SVP for development, unscripted entertainment, Paramount+ and MTVE, and will also report to Diaz.

Unscripted executives Ben Hurvitz, Sitarah Pendelton, Todd Radnitz have all been given expanded roles as well, overseeing various key unscripted franchises for the company.

According to McCarthy’s memo, “This reorganization means that the company will no longer have stand-alone movie or Alternative teams. Given that, both Meghan Hooper White and Justin Rosenblatt are exiting ViacomCBS.”

McCarthy wrote ,“We would like to thank both Meghan and Justin for their contributions and wish them the very best in their endeavors, thankfully, both have strong teams who will be integrated into our content group as we align series and movies by genre.”

Hooper White served as executive vice president and head of original movies and limited series for ViacomCBS’ Entertainment and Youth Group. She first joined ViacomCBS just over a year ago in May 2020 from A+E Networks with a mandate to expand the company’s production of made-for-TV movies. White was set to create 100 films annually for the conglomerate’s various network brands, including MTV, Comedy Central, Paramount Network, VH1, CMT and the Smithsonian Channel.

Rosenblatt was the senior vice president of alternative and comedy content for the Entertainment and Youth Group, having been promoted to that role in May 2020.