Paramount Global moves VH1 under BET Media’s Scott Mills

Paramount Global has reshuffled its cable operations with VH1 moving under BET Media Group’s Scott Mills. The network had previously been part of Paramount Media Networks, led by Chris McCarthy, whose remit covers Paramount Network, MTV, Comedy Central and CMT. McCarthy will also soon be taking on the remit for Showtime, ahead of David Nevins’ […]

Drama round-up: Stan buys SPT shows; BritBox & ITVX prep Cary Grant series; Bet+ buys South Africa’s ‘Pulse’

Stan buys SPT shows Australian streamer Stan has extended its deal with Sony Pictures Television (SPT), claiming first-run rights to shows including Bob Odenkirk’s Straight Man. Stan has previously housed Odenkirk-starring Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad, while the streamer is also taking action-comedy Twisted Metal and Panhandle from SPT. Other shows included in the package […]

News round-up: Malta’s TVM orders ‘The Voice Kids’; Paprika extends Hypewriter deadline; BET launches Mandela YouTube show  

Malta’s TVM orders ‘The Voice Kids’ Malta’s public broadcaster TVM has commissioned a local version of The Voice Kids. Produced by Greatt Company, the 11-part series will debut in the fall and marks the 43rd territory for the musical format. Based on the global hit The Voice, The Voice Kids features the same thrilling blind auditions and electrifying […]

BET ups president Scott Mills to CEO

ViacomCBS-owned US BET network has promoted company president Scott Mills to the position of CEO. Mills has served as president at the African American-focused network for the past four years, during which time the company say he has “sparked invaluable change that structured and positioned the legacy brand for future success in a rapidly evolving […]

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 […]

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