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ViacomCBS completes merger four months after agreeing deal

Viacom and CBS have completed their merger, almost four months after first agreeing the long-awaited deal. The combined ViacomCBS brands include CBS, Showtime Networks, Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, BET and streamers CBS All Access and Pluto TV. Collectively, the business will have an annual content spend of around $13bn, and is to house […]

CBS All Access expands original content team with Harpo Films hire

CBS has expanded the original content team at its streaming service All Access. Danny Feldheim and Jana Steele Helman have both been upped to SVP’s of original content, while Ashley Whitaker joins as director of original content. Feldheim, one of the first hires for the original content division at CBS All Access, has been with […]

ViacomCBS sets senior leadership ahead of deal closing

CBS has made a round of senior appointments for the merged ViacomCBS group ahead of the merger closing early next month. The business has tapped Viacom exec Alex Berkett to serve as EVP of corporate development and strategy, leading on all of ViacomCBS’ acquisitions, partnerships, investments and joint ventures internationally. Meanwhile, Marva Smalls is to […]

CBS misses predictions but remains positive

CBS has once again failed to meet Wall Street estimates, with Q3 results being hamstrung by a now-resolved 19-day carriage dispute with AT&T. The broadcaster’s revenue grew slightly by 1% to $3.3bn year-over-year, but missed estimates by $60m. Investment in big-budget content also resulted in a dip of operating income by 21% year over year, […]

CBS adapts Sky One’s ‘A League Of Their Own’

US broadcaster CBS has signed up for a local adaptation of UK format A League Of Their Own. Currently in its 14th season on Sky, the sports comedy entertainment series is a panel quiz show that sees two teams of three competing in a trio of rounds and answering sports-related questions while completing studio challenges. […]

Propagate secures global sales rights to Showtime factual package

A+E Networks-backed producer and distributor Propagate has struck a deal to sell an array of documentaries and series from CBS-owned cabler Showtime around the world. Propagate will represent all available rights outside of North America to selected catalogue, current and upcoming Showtime titles including nine episodes of recently renewed Couples Therapy and Murder In The […]

E4 prospers with ‘Star Trek: Discovery’, ‘Man With A Plan’

Star Trek: Discovery and Man With A Plan are heading to E4. Channel 4’s youth-skewing channel will air the hit CBS All Access Star Trek drama as well as CBS’s Matt LeBlanc-starring comedy Man With A Plan. Both shows will launch on E4 in 2020. The deal was struck between the US broadcaster’s distribution arm […]

CBS welcomes Armoza’s scripted format ‘La Famiglia’ into the US

US broadcaster CBS has started development on a US version of Israeli scripted format La Famiglia. The adaptation, to be known as The Last Happy Couple, will be produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Fulwell 73 and Anoynmous Content. It will be written and executive produced by Liz Astrof (The King of Queens). […]

Lionsgate promotes Jeffrey Hirsch to become Starz CEO

Lionsgate-backed US cabler Starz has handed its chief operating officer Jeffrey Hirsch a new long-term deal and named him CEO at the network. Hirsch had been in charge of Starz since March, after former boss Chris Albrecht revealed he was stepping down from the CEO role after almost a decade with the company. Starz, which […]

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