ViacomCBS Kids & Family rejigs leadership as Shelley Zimmerman exits

ViacomCBS Kids & Family has given Nickelodeon execs Shauna Phelan and Zack Olin combined oversight of all its live-action production, following the exit of Awesomeness EVP Shelley Zimmerman. With responsibility for the programming now falling under one roof, the pair will look after Nickelodeon’s live-action scripted content, as well as live action programming for the […]

ViacomCBS appoints Disney’s Yolanda Cochran to head kids production

ViacomCBS has appointed Yolanda T. Cochran from Disney-owned Freeform to oversee production for its Kids & Family division. Cochran becomes SVP of live-action long-form production for the ViacomCBS unit, responsible for Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., TeenNick and Nicktoons, as well as Gen Z-focused brand Awesomeness. She will be based in Hollywood and reports to Megan Ring, […]

BBC Studios appoints Rebecca Glashow as Americas president

BBC Studios has appointed Rebecca Glashow, the former co-head of ViacomCBS-owned Awesomeness, as president of its Americas division. Glashow will be based in New York and will begin her new role on 1 June, reporting directly to Paul Dempsey, president of global distribution at BBCS. She will oversee the company’s strategy in the US, Canada, […]

Awesomeness names Viacom Int’l Studios as distribution partner

Viacom International Studios (VIS) will be the international distribution partner for Awesomeness’ a large portfolio of series and films within its catalogue. The media company, which focuses on creating original content for Gen Z (those born in the mid-90s onwards) through its film and TV divisions, was acquired by Viacom in 2018. Under the terms […]

A+E strikes wide-ranging programming deal with Verizon

A+E Networks has scored a programming output deal with US telco and digital business Verizon. This will see shows such as Knightfall, Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath and Live PD playing on various Verizon platforms, which include Yahoo and AOL (now known collectively as Oath). Verizon Fios customers will be able to access content […]

Indian SVOD net lands Awesomeness content deal

Indian SVOD service Hotstar is targeting the Gen-Z audience after striking a content deal with youth-focused US firm Awesomeness. This will see shows such as Freakish, T@gged and Confess joining the Hotstar library. Hotstar, which faces competition in India from the likes of Amazon Prime Video and Hooq, already has partnerships with the likes of […]

Verizon, Awesomeness ditch premium plans

Verizon and AwesomenessTV have shelved plans to develop a premium content service. The pair were working up a mobile on-demand service after telco Verizon bought a minority stake in streaming service Awesomeness, which valued it at US$650 million. These plans have, however, now been ditched, and the exec charged with overseeing the launch, Samie Kim […]

Awesomeness starts on YouTube film

Digital kids content specialist Awesomeness has started production on Dance Camp, a new feature film that will be released on YouTube. The movie will be the first to come out a recent deal between DreamWorks-owned Awesomeness and Google-owned YouTube. The song and dance film will be produced by Jon M. Chu (Step Up 3-D) and […]