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BET+ appoints Netflix alum Devin Griffin as general manager

US cabler BET has appointed a former Netflix executive to oversee its upcoming SVoD service. Devin Griffin becomes general manager for Viacom-owned BET+, which is set to launch in the autumn and is a joint venture with Tyler Perry that will offer around 1,000 hours of programming. Griffin was most recently EVP at Story Lab […]

BET greenlights ‘Copwatch America’ from Renowned Films, Critical Content

Viacom’s BET has commissioned 10-part docu-series Copwatch America from London-LA based prodco Renowned Films and Critical Content. Copwatch America is a high-stakes, controversial dive into the men and women on the front lines fighting police brutality and injustice. This character-centric series gives viewers exclusive access to America’s fearless and distinct copwatch crews across two US […]

Paramount importance

The US’s newest general entertainment station, the Paramount Network, launches in January 2018. Jesse Whittock hears how channel president Kevin Kay plans to change cable with premium originals and unscripted hits for a broad audience. There’s no better way to better encapsulate Viacom’s strategy change under Bob Bakish than to look at the creation and […]

Urban Movie SVOD service names leader

Traci Otey Blunt will oversee the Urban Movie Channel after being named president of the US streaming service. UMC was launched in 2014 by RLJ Entertainment chairman and BET channel founder Robert Johnson. It is programmed with African American-skewing films, series and factual content. Blunt has been upped from executive VP, corporate marketing and corporate […]

New-look Viacom integrating film and TV

New Viacom CEO Bob Bakish has fleshed out his turnaround plan for the media giant and pledged to bring its TV brands to film and vice versa. Announcing a slate a new Nickelodeon movie for the Paramount studio, Bob Bakish said the core Viacom channels will each contribute cobranded features to the slate of Viacom […]

Viacom outlines five point turnaround plan

Media giant Viacom has unveiled a five-point plan to get its business back on track, with flagship brands and digital centre stage. As part of the focus on the big channel brands the Spike channel will be replaced by Paramount Network, which also signifies Viacom’s commitment to keeping the Paramount studio. New Viacom CEO Bob […]

‘Afro-American Netflix’ starts expansion

Afrostream, the subscription video-on-demand service that set itself the goal of being the ‘Netflix of Afro-American and French films’, has launched a major international expansion that will see it launch in 24 countries across French-speaking Africa. The expansion of Afrostream’s availability marks its first major move outside Europe, where it is available in France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland, […]

Nets clear schedules to honour Prince

ABC, BET and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network are among the US networks planning to honour influential musician and pop star Prince, who passed away yesterday. Broadcast channel ABC will feature Prince: Death of a Legend today in the 10pm 20/20 slot, while OWN will re-air a 1996 interview Winfrey conducted with the enigmatic superstar. BET […]

Hulu takes US streaming rights to Book of Negroes

Hulu has taken exclusive US rights to Canadian miniseries The Book of Negroes. The deal means the six-part series, which comes from author Lawrence Hill and follows a slave who survives against the odds during the American Revolution and around the world. The series took huge ratings on BET in the US on cable and […]

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