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Facebook appoints MTV exec for originals push

Facebook has appointed MTV Networks executive Mina Lefevre as head of development for its original content efforts. Lefevre, who confirmed her move in a post on Facebook, was previously executive vice-president, development and programming and head of scripted at MTV. She will stay based in Los Angeles, working out of Facebook’s new offices in Playa […]

Caroline Beaton: Why niche is the new normal

In an increasingly fragmented TV landscape, should broadcasters and producers focus more on niche formats than on trying to recreate the entertainment and reality juggernauts of the noughties, says Viacom International Media Networks senior VP, international programme sales Caroline Beaton. We’re told we are living through a ‘golden age’ of television, with intensifying competition for […]

Kiwi SVOD service bags Viacom shows

A new Netflix-style subscription on-demand service has acquired Beavis and Butt-Head, South Park and SpongeBob SquarePants. Lightbox’s deal with Viacom International Media Networks is for more than 400 hours ofprogramming, handing the locally-owned SVOD service streaming rights to theshows. Also included in the package are live action series such as Workaholics, Awkward and iCarly, and […]

Viacom relaunches MTV in Russia

The MTV channel has relaunched in Russia. Viacom International Media Networks announced it would be launching fully-owned MTV Russia earlier this year and it has now rolled out in the territory in the basic tier packages of Rostelecom, NTV Plus and Megafon, reaching 2.3 million homes at launch. It is being programmed with MTV’s global […]

Viacom cuts post-Netflix deal with Amazon

Amazon has signed a multi-year video licensing deal with Viacom, giving Amazon Prime Instant and Lovefilm viewers access to TV shows from MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. Much of the Viacom content would have been carried on Netflix, but the streaming service said earlier this year it was letting the deal expire. The […]