QUINN BROWN JOINS CMT AS EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

05/13/13

NASHVILLE — May 13, 2013 — CMT has tapped Emmy Award-winning television veteran Quinn Brown for the newly-created position of Executive Producer, it was announced today by John Hamlin, SVP Music Events and Talent, CMT. Brown is charged with overseeing all of the channel’s hosted news/entertainment shows from pre-production through post-production, including the channel’s recently launched CMT HOT 20 COUNTDOWN, CMT #1 MUSIC AND A MOVIE and various network specials. Brown will be based out of CMT’s Nashville office and will report to Hamlin, effective immediately.

“Having produced some of the biggest names in music and television, Quinn Brown brings an impressive track record to CMT,” says Hamlin. “We are fortunate to have his creative eye and his steady hand to guide our studio based productions including our ever important weekly franchise, Hot 20 Countdown.”

Most recently, Brown helped launch “Fuse News” for Madison Square Garden’s Fuse TV with acclaimed television producer Rick Kaplan, field producing at the Grammys and Brit Awards and leading the show’s Franchises unit. Prior to that, he worked as a producer on ABC News’ “World News with Diane Sawyer” and as senior producer on the launch of Nigel Lythgoe’s “Opening Act” (2012)—a music series on the E! Entertainment network—and HLN’s “Dr. Drew” in 2011.

More than a decade of Brown’s career was spent at CNN, including an eight-year run on “Larry King Live,” where he held a variety of positions, including field producing, line producing and creative directing. He produced a variety of shows and specials for “Larry King Live,” including those on the Beatles reunion, Barack Obama, the Judds, the Haiti earthquake, Mick Jagger, Al Pacino, Aretha Franklin and “Larry King Live’s” 25th anniversary. He was also a reporter and contributor at CNN.com covering all genres of music.

Brown won an Emmy Award for the 23rd Annual News and Documentary Awards while at CNN for 9/11 coverage. He is also a recipient of multiple Peabody Awards for CNN’s coverage of Hurricane Katrina (2005), Election Coverage (2008) and the Gulf Oil Disaster (2010), as well as a Dupont Award for CNN Tsunami coverage (2005).

Brown graduated from the University of Georgia and is a native of Atlanta. He relocated from New York and now resides in Nashville with his wife Jennifer and dog Hank.

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CMT, a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB), is the leading television and digital authority on country music and entertainment, reaching more than 92 million homes in the U.S. CMT and its website, CMT.com, offer an unparalleled mix of music, news, live concerts and series and is the top resource for country music on demand. The network’s digital platforms include the 24-hour music channel, CMT Pure Country, CMT Mobile and CMT VOD.

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