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Cyma Zarghami Steps Down as President of Nickelodeon Group

Viacom Media Networks COO Sarah Levy will lead Nick on interim basis

Cyma Zarghami is stepping down as president of Nickelodeon Group after more than 30 years with the network.

Viacom Media Networks COO Sarah Levy will lead Nick on interim basis as the company searches for Zarghami’s permanent replacement.

“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,” Bob Bakish, president and CEO of Viacom, said in a Monday media release. “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.”

Here is the actual note that Bakish sent the Nick staff Monday:

Team Nickelodeon,
We are announcing today that Cyma Zarghami is stepping down from her role as President of Nickelodeon Group, and I wanted to let all of you know first, before I notify the rest of the company.

I don’t have to tell any of you how much Cyma has meant to Nickelodeon, and how her leadership has helped lead the brand to success after success over the course of her incredible four decades at the company. She is a true pioneer, championing Nick’s growth from a niche cable channel early on to the groundbreaking global powerhouse it is today.

It is never easy to say goodbye, but her legacy here is long, and she leaves behind an incredible team of smart, dedicated people who are a model of creativity and collaboration across the industry. I have full confidence in all of you that the Nickelodeon brand will continue to grow and thrive as we provide kids and families with the very best entertainment content available anywhere.

We are going to conduct a comprehensive search process for Cyma’s successor, and on an interim basis, Sarah Levy will be leading Nickelodeon in addition to her responsibilities as COO of Viacom Media Networks.  Many of you know Sarah from her own long tenure at Nick, and you will be hearing more from her soon.

Please join me in thanking Cyma for her many contributions to Nickelodeon and to Viacom and wishing her every success in the future.  I also want to thank you all for everything you do each day to further evolve and grow this great brand.  I’m looking forward to working together to shape Nickelodeon’s exciting next chapter.


Zarghami joined Nickelodeon in 1985 and was named president in 2006.

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