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ViacomCBS names Sean Gupta as SVP streaming strategy

ViacomCBS has appointed BET exec Sean Gupta as SVP of streaming strategy. Gupta began the role last week, reporting to Jeff Shultz, chief strategy officer and chief business development officer for ViacomCBS’ streaming division. ViacomCBS streaming services include Paramount+, BET+, Pluto TV, Noggin and the upcoming Comcast joint venture, SkyShowtime. He moves across from his […]

BET exec Nadja Webb adds scripted programming to remit

ViacomCBS-owned US cablenet BET has promoted Nadja Webb to EVP of programming business operations, taking oversight of scripted programming on top of her existing duties. Reporting to BET president Scott Mills, Webb will now lead on the African American-focused network’s scripted content, including development, casting and current for both BET and SVOD service BET+. She […]

ViacomCBS & Fox Searchlight alum joins Audible as head of studios

Amazon-owned podcast firm Audible has appointed former Viacom and Fox Searchlight exec Zola Mashariki as head of its studio division. Mashariki will lead the creation of all original content from conception through release and is based out of LA, reporting to Rachel Ghiazza, EVP & head of US content. Her remit includes oversight of the entire studio […]

ViacomCBS launches BET in Brazil via AVOD Pluto TV

ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI) is rolling out its Black audience-focused network BET in Brazil via AVOD service Pluto TV. BET will debut on 26 March as a 24/7 channel, featuring an array of shows from its US sibling such as Being Mary Jane, Real Husbands Of Hollywood, American Soul, Boomerang, and Tyler Perry’s Assisted Living. VCNI […]

TBI Weekly: Unpacking what Paramount+ means to ViacomCBS

As ViacomCBS pulls back the curtain on Paramount+, TBI’s Richard Middleton and Mark Layton dissect the offering and explore how the service fits into the congested streaming landscape. ViacomCBS pulled out all the stops for its unveiling of Paramount+ earlier this week and in so doing took vertical integration to a new level. IP ranging from Grease and […]

News round-up: BBC Three’s ViacomCBS deal; Vuulr expands slate; C4 orders Diana doc

BBC Three, BET snag ViacomCBS comedy Broadcasters in Europe, Africa, New Zealand and Latin America have picked up scripted series following deals with recently-revamped ViacomCBS International Studios (VIS) Distribution. Single-camera comedy Twenties, which launched in March this year on BET in the US, will make its UK debut on BBC Three on 25 October, after […]

TBI Weekly: Gunning for a global return to production

Shows around the world that had been put on hold because of Covid-19 are resuming production, as companies and broadcasters begin to get to grips with new protocols and workarounds. Here are six takeaways from the past week that point to a brighter future. Great white hope Scripted production might still be off the cards […]

ViacomCBS, Fremantle take ‘Balcony Stories’ to the world

ViacomCBS International Studios (VIS) has begun production on Balcony Stories, a series of short-form shows that celebrates the “positive and creative ways” people are coping with the current global lockdown. The series, co-produced by VIS and Fremantle, is based on content generated by both audiences and talent, and will premiere tomorrow – 22 April – […]

ViacomCBS prepares to launch new streamer, expanding All Access offering

ViacomCBS is preparing to bolster its OTT operations by launching a new streamer that will offer shows from its All Access SVOD as well as content from its array of cable networks. The streamer, which is likely to be available commercial free and ad-supported, will include Viacom brands such as Comedy Central, Paramount Network, BET […]

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