LONDON / NEW YORK – 7 November 2014 – Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), a division of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), has appointed Jemma Yates to take responsibility for the global programming, comprising scheduling and acquisitions, of its Comedy Central brand internationally.

In the newly created role of Vice President Content, Comedy Central International, Yates will report to Jill Offman, Managing Director Comedy Central UK & Senior Vice President, Comedy for VIMN. She will join VIMN in January 2015 and will be based in London.

As VP Content, Comedy Central International, Yates will work across VIMN’s portfolio of 17 international comedy channels, supporting both the collect group and individual markets. Following extraordinary growth in the past few years, Comedy Central and its associated brands are now positioned and presented in more than 70 countries outside the U.S.

Offman commented: “As we start to commission far more of our own original comedy and acquire more series to share across our international network of channels, it will be extremely valuable to have someone with Jemma’s international brand experience. I’m thrilled she is joining on us on our march towards global comedy domination!”

Yates added: “I have always admired Comedy Central for its ability to be as warm as an old friend while introducing the unexpected, the edgy and the exciting. I can’t wait to join a company where ultimately my job is to find new ways to make people laugh every day!”

About Jemma Yates

Jemma Yates is highly experienced in international programming and acquisitions, having worked for a number of broadcasters in roles with responsibility for territories including the Nordics, Baltics, CEE, Africa and the Middle East.

She joins VIMN from Turner Broadcasting, where currently she is Director of Programming, General Entertainment, UK, Nordic and Baltic, TCM Pan and Africa. Prior to this, she worked as Channel Manager for MBC4 and MBC Action, based in Dubai and before that as Acquisitions Manager at Showtime Gulf DTH

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About Viacom International Media Networks
Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), is  comprised of many of the world’s most popular multimedia entertainment brands, including MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET, Paramount Channel, VH1, VIVA, COLORS, Game One and Tr3s: MTV, Música y Más. Viacom brands are seen globally in more than 700 million households in approximately 170 territories and 37 languages via more than 200 locally programmed and operated TV channels and more than 550 digital media and mobile TV properties.  Keep up with VIMN news by visiting the VIMN PR Twitter feed at For more information about Viacom and its businesses, visit, and the Viacom Twitter feed at

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