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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 […]

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 […]

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