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CBS reportedly set for Viacom merger talks

CBS’ board is getting set for possible merger talks with Viacom, according to a report by CNBC. According to the news channel, citing unnamed sources, talks between the two are set to begin in mid-June, although they could begin before that. CNBC reports that Viacom CEO Bob Bakish would likely be in line to lead […]

TBI Weekly: US studios brace for tough questions from global buyers

As major US studios prepare to reveal their new scripted wares to international buyers, there is an atmosphere of confusion and disorganisation in Los Angeles as the terms of trade hang in the balance.  It may still be May but June gloom has descended upon many international execs at this year’s LA Screenings, which is […]

Upfronts 2019: The renewals

There’s been a string of series renewals by the big four networks and The CW ahead of and during this week’s Upfronts. Shows earning all-important second seasons include NBC’s New Amsterdam; ABC’s A Million Little Things, Schooled, Single Parents, The Conners and The Rookie; CBS’s God Friended Me, Magnum P.I. and The Neighborhood; and The […]

Upfronts 2019: All 35 pick-ups broken down

  This year’s Upfronts have so far yielded 35 series pick-ups across the big four networks and The CW. TBI has broken out the dramas and comedies ordered across ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and The CW, along with the studios and producers attached.  Overall, ABC Studios has 6 pick-ups, while 20th Century Fox Television has 8 bringing […]

CBS ‘Love Island’ reboot heads to Canada

Canadian broadcaster CTV has picked up rights to the US reboot of Love Island. The channel has acquired exclusive multi-platform Canadian rights to the forthcoming CBS show via a deal with ITV Studios Global Entertainment. The stripped dating competition is to anchor CTV’s summer schedule, building out its unscripted offerings, which include the likes of […]

Live long and prosper: Inside All Access

CBS was the first US broadcaster to launch a streaming play, but how is it navigating the new frontier of fierce rights ownership and premium content? Manori Ravindran gets an all-access pass into CBS’s new normal CBS All Access is leaving “no stone unturned” when it comes to securing creative talent and building a premium […]

CBS won’t “flick the switch” on global streaming service, says CBS boss

Armando Nuñez, president and CEO of CBS Global Distribution Group, received Variety‘s International Achievement in TV Award yesterday at MIPTV. During the keynote that followed, Nunez was quizzed on the company’s plans for its direct to consumer/streaming business, which is currently restricted to the US (via CBS All Access), Canada and Australia. In response he said it is unlikely […]

Series Mania to host premiere of Jordan Peele’s ‘Twilight Zone’ reboot

Series Mania is set to host the international premiere of CBS’ The Twilight Zone. The screening will be held on 30 March at 3.30pm and feature two episodes, Nightmare at 30.000 Feet and The Comedian, including a masterclass with actor Adam Scott. Jordan Peele and Simon Kinberg’s modern re-imagining of the classic series will premiere on […]

Netflix: We will “absolutely be in negotiations” for The Office rights

Netflix’s VP of acquisitions Amy Reinhard (pictured, below) has told TBI that when NBCUniversal’s deal for The Office expires in 2021, the global SVOD will come to the negotiating table for the comedy. Reinhard’s comments come just a week after NBC revealed it would be launching its own streaming platform, prompting questions as to whether […]

CBS completes Moonves investigation, severance will not be paid

The board of directors of CBS has completed its investigation of former chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves, CBS News, and cultural issues at CBS. With regard to Moonves, who was investigated after allegations of sexual misconduct were aimed at him earlier this year leading to his departure in September, the board has determined that there […]

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