Frank Tanki

General Manager, CMT and TV Land

Frank Tanki is General Manager for CMT and TV Land, overseeing strategy and day-to-day operations for both iconic brands, including Programming, Marketing & Creative and Communications. In addition, Frank will create new opportunities to leverage the combined reach and influence of both CMT and TV Land, who each attract a significant and distinct adult audience. Tanki reports to Kevin Kay, President of Spike (soon to be Paramount Network), TV Land, and CMT and works from both the New York and Nashville offices.

Tanki most recently served as Executive Vice President, Brand Marketing and Creative, Spike TV where he was responsible for leading all consumer marketing and creative development for the brand, including consumer and trade advertising, digital and social marketing, talent strategies and partnership marketing, and on and off-air creative along with property messaging for all cross-business initiatives. His notable successes include re-branding Spike into a premium general entertainment destination, the launches of global hit franchise "Lip Sync Battle” and continued growth of franchises "Ink Master," "Bar Rescue," and Bellator MMA.

Previously, he served as Senior Vice President, Nickelodeon Strategic Property Planning & Marketing where he was responsible for the strategic planning and marketing of many of Nickelodeon’s key hits such as “SpongeBob SquarePants,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” and “Dora The Explorer.” He was also responsible for marketing Nick’s Live and Recreation platforms and partnership marketing, where he forged strategic marketing partnerships with the NFL, NASCAR, and various MLB and NBA Teams, as well as helping lead the brand’s annual presence at COMICON and the Licensing Show.

Prior to that, Tanki was Nickelodeon’s Senior Vice President of Partnership Marketing and Operations where he worked with partners such as Sony Music to launch Nick’s newest live-action series, “Big Time Rush,” which set a record as the highest-rated and most-watched live-action Nick series premiere with kids, tweens and total viewers.

Tanki began his Nickelodeon career as the marketing project manager for “The Rugrats Movie,” coordinating strategic marketing plans among all of Nickelodeon’s divisions and Paramount Pictures. He worked on the launch of “SpongeBob SquarePants” before moving on to Cartoon Network and Adult Swim as Director, Promotions Marketing. He returned to Nickelodeon as Senior Director, Brand Marketing, where he managed several successful marketing campaigns like “SpongeBob SquarePants' Best Day Ever" marathon, which earned Nickelodeon its most-watched and highest-rated total programming day in history. He also served as Vice President, Nickelodeon Brand Marketing, where Tanki directed the launch campaigns and off-air marketing for many of Nick’s most successful properties including “iCarly,” “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” and “The Penguins of Madagascar” and “The Kids’ Choice Awards.”

Tanki graduated from Boston College and earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Bernard M. Baruch College Executive MBA program. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, Pamela, and three children, daughters Ella and Lola and son Luke.

            (Updated June 2017)


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