Viacom International Media Networks UK & Ireland represent 20 channels that offer the very best in music, comedy and kids programming through its MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon brands. The brands have been market leaders across the three primary genre groups for more than 10 years, reaching 22.9 million homes through SKY, cable and Freeview.

MTV is the world’s premier youth entertainment brand. 

With a global reach of more than a half-billion households, MTV is the cultural home of the millennial generation, music fans and artists, and a pioneer in creating innovative programming for young people. 

MTV reflects and creates pop culture with its... Read more

Kerry Taylor

SVP, YOUTH AND MUSIC, VIMN and SVP, General Manager, MTV for VIMN UK

Kerry Taylor is Senior Vice President, Youth and Music for Viacom International Media Networks, giving her lead responsibility for the MTV brand internationally and for overseeing non-music programming and content development for all MTV-branded channels outside the US. Based in London and working in partnership with MTV’s regional leadership around the world, Kerry takes the lead in deciding how the MTV brand is positioned and presented, as well as in developing original programmes and identifying acquisitions. Kerry is also SVP, General Manager for all MTV channels managed out of the UK, giving her creative oversight of the world’s leading youth entertainment brand in territories including the UK and Ireland, Russia, Australia and New Zealand, Hungary and Israel. In this role she manages commissioning, acquisition, marketing and communications, talent and artist relations and production across MTV’s portfolio of channels, encompassing MTV, MTV+1, MTV Base, MTV Classic, MTV Dance, MTV Hits, MTV Music, MTV Live HD, MTV Rocks, Viva and VH1. As SVP, General Manager, MTV for VIMN UK, Kerry has successfully managed the evolution of the core MTV channel to offer a mix of music and general entertainment programming, while simultaneously expanding MTV’s bouquet of music channels. As a result of changing its programming mix, the core MTV channel grew its average audience in the UK between 2010 and June 2013 by 81% amongst all adults and by 65% amongst 16-34s and was named Entertainment Channel of the Year at the Broadcast Digital Awards in 2012. MTV UK’s growth has been driven by an increasing number of original productions commissioned by Kerry and her team, including reality series, Geordie Shore and The Valleys. Geordie Shore, which returns for a sixth season in July 2013, is the highest rating show in the channel’s UK history and has become a social media phenomenon – with more than 7m Twitter followers. The series has aired around the world and rated strongly in countries as diverse as Australia and Hungary. Under Kerry’s stewardship, MTV’s portfolio of music channels has also expanded – a new MTV-branded music service, MTV Music, launched in the UK and other territories in 2011, followed by MTV Live HD in 2012. MTV Music is the most popular music channel amongst 16-34s in the UK year-to-date in 2013 having grown average viewing amongst that age group by a third since launch. Kerry first joined MTV’s parent company, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), as Vice President, Marketing, Creative & Consumer Press for MTV UK & Ireland in September 2007. In this role, she successfully spearheaded the launch of entertainment channel VIVA on the Freeview platform, via a high profile marketing campaign (“Up Your Viva”). Prior to joining MTV, Kerry was Director, Marketing & On-Air for Living TV, Bravo, Challenge and Trouble at Virgin Media. During this time, she played a key role in repositioning Living TV, which resulted in the channel being awarded Broadcast Channel of the Year in 2006. Kerry has also worked at the BBC and for Star TV in Hong Kong.

Comedy Central is a leading Pay TV General Entertainment channel and is part of Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN). A joint venture between VIMN (75%) and BSkyB (25%), Comedy Central airs on the Sky and Virgin Media platforms. Comedy Central launched in the UK in April 2009 and has since grown by a phenomenal 82... Read more

Jill Offman

MD Comedy Central UK, SVP International Content

Jill leads the Comedy Central’s commissioning team which is currently developing a number of narrative comedy scripts following the 2011 success of Threesome (Big Talk Productions) Comedy Central’s first original narrative comedy which The Times described as ‘Best New Sitcom’. Jill joined Paramount Comedy in 2008 and Jill spearheaded the successful re-launch of Paramount Comedy to Comedy Central in April 2009. The re-brand saw channel ratings rise +59% in the first two weeks and +15% Year on year. Since 2009 Jill has added big name titles to the Comedy Central line-up including the critically acclaimed Emmy Award-winning 30 Rock and wrestled ratings giant Friends away from E4. In March 2012 it was announced that in addition to her UK managing Director role Jill would become SVP International Content; responsible for commissioning content for all of the global Comedy Central brands

The Nickelodeon UK Network is available in over 13 million cable and satellite homes and now reaches more than 10 million viewers a month.  Launched in 1993, the top-performing Nickelodeon network comprises seven dedicated entertainment channels for kids aged 4-15 and their families: Nickelodeon, Nickelodeon HD,... Read more

Alison Bakunowich

General Manager Nickelodeon UK and Ireland

Alison Bakunowich is the General Manager of Nickelodeon UK & Ireland. Reporting directly to the Board of Nickelodeon, Alison is responsible for the Nickelodeon business within the UK and Ireland. Driving ratings and revenues across the Nickelodeon brands including seven television channels, the network’s multiplatform and consumer products offering, Alison oversees the linear planning, scheduling and media planning of the Nickelodeon UK network. Alison works with the International Programming team on local programme acquisitions and commissions and supervises programme commissions and acquisitions for Channel 5’s popular Milkshake strand. Alison joined Nickelodeon UK & Ireland in 2011 as Vice President, Creative, Marketing and Communications. Previous to her tenure at Nickelodeon UK and Ireland, Bakunowich served as Marketing and Commercial Partnerships Director for Nickelodeon Australia/New Zealand. Prior to Nickelodeon, she worked at Australia’s John Fairfax Publications. During her seven years with the company she was responsible for the strategic development and brand management of The Sydney Morning Herald, Good Weekend and The Sydney magazine. Bakunowich is a recipient of the Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers' Association, Newspaper Marketer of the Year Award and in 2007 was part of the committee that founded Earth Hour.

Viacom International Media Networks UK & Ireland represent 20 channels that offer the very best in music, comedy and kids programming through its MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon brands.  The brands have been market leaders across the three primary genre groups for more than 10 years, reaching 22.9 million homes... Read more

James Currell

EVP, Managing Director for UK, Northern & Eastern Europe, Viacom International Media Networks

James Currell is EVP, Managing Director for UK, Northern & Eastern Europe for Viacom International Media Networks. In this role he has management oversight of all of Viacom’s media networks and related businesses in 33 European countries, including the UK.