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 […]

BET teams with ‘Afro American Netflix’ in France

Viacom’s African and African-American culture and entertainment channel BET will launch on SVOD in France after inking a deal with fledgling streaming service Afrostream. The BET linear channel launches in France later this month. It is rolling out on the CanalSat, Numericable/SFR, Free and Bouygues Telecom pay TV platforms, giving it a reach of 17.6 […]

Viacom placing BET in France

Viacom will launch a round-the-clock BET channel in France next month. The entertainment channel will roll out on the CanalSat, Numericable/SFR, Free and Bouygues Telecom pay TV platforms, giving it a reach of 17.6 million French homes. BET will have a raft of programming carried on the US version of the channel, including Real Husbands […]

Viacom reveals global SVOD service

Viacom has unveiled Viacom Play Plex, a suite of mobile TV apps that will offer subscription access to programming from international channels including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and MTV. Play Plex will comprise a suite of mobile apps for Android and iOS-enabled devices, which Viacom’s distribution partners can offer to their customers. The service is likely to […]

BET greenlights New Edition biopic mini

Viacom’s US cable channel BET has ordered a miniseries based in the story of 1980s pop group New Edition. Band members members Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe, Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant have all signed on as coproducers for the show, which will run as a three-night miniseries on BET and debut next year. […]

MTV UK boss to rebrand Channel 5

MTV UK general manager Kerry Taylor has been given a new role within Viacom and tasked with rebranding Channel 5, the UK free-TV broadcaster the US media giant acquired last year. Taylor has taken the newly-created role of chief marketing officer of Viacom’s UK operations, which span Channel 5 and pay TV channels including MTV […]

Viacom promotes Gorke for US distribution

Viacom has promoted Tom Gorke to a wider content distribution role in its domestic networks division. Gorke has been named executive VP, sales and business development, content distribution at Viacom Media Networks and BET Networks. This means he will oversee sales and new business efforts for all linear and digital partnerships across the BET, CMT, Comedy […]

BET creates programming president role for Hill

African-American-skewed cable channel BET has appointed Stephen Hill to a new role as president, programming. Hill is currently the Viacom Media Networks-owned net’s president, music programming and specials, where he has been responsible for shows such as the BET Awards, Black Girls Rock and Celebration of Gospel. He was also part of the team that […]

Raft of exec appointments at Viacom intn’l channels

Viacom has upped several of senior channel execs at its international channels, appointing a new boss for the BET, Paramount and Spike channels, and creating a new head of acquisitions position for all of its UK channels. Michael Armstrong will continue to lead the international BET and Paramount channel efforts and oversee the launch of […]

Viacom confirms ‘landmark’ Sony OTT deal

Entertainment giant Viacom has confirmed it is to provide 22 launch channels for Sony Corporation’s upcoming US cloud-TV service. The deal marks the first time Viacom channels have been offered as live internet TV channels via a VOD service. Terms of the agreement were not revealed, but such a significant deal would not have come […]