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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 […]

Inside the rise of Pluto TV: “This is not Viacom Direct”

Pluto TV was thusly named because of the AVOD platform’s perceived underdog status in a galaxy of SVODs. Now, with the multi-billion-dollar backing of ViacomCBS, its universe is fast expanding – but it vows not to become Viacom Now.  When it launched in 2013, Pluto TV was doing virtually the opposite of most major content […]

CBS Entertainment rejigs daytime with Angelica McDaniel exit

CBS Entertainment’s EVP of daytime Angelica McDaniel has stepped down from the role as part of a rejig of the company’s current programming team. McDaniel had been with CBS for almost a decade but is leaving as part of plans by CBS Entertainment, headed up by president Kelly Kahl, to move its daytime team into […]

Sales round-up: TF1 claims CBS dramas; CBC returns to Coroner; Plex deals with Warner Bros.

TF1 claims CBS dramas French broadcaster TF1 Group has acquired a raft of programming from CBS Television Studios after striking an exclusive multi-series licensing agreement. Shows including FBI: Most Wanted, Evil, A Million Little Things and BH90210 have all been acquired, along with rights to the CSI franchise. Barry Chamberlain, president of sales for distribution […]

TBI Weekly: ViacomCBS, a US deal with global implications

CBS and Viacom’s merger might have created a $30bn US-based content company but a foray into their assets reveals a swathe of interests that stretch far beyond American shores, with implications for companies in the UK, Argentina, Australia, India and beyond. In one light, the deal is simply the latest salvo in the long line […]

ViacomCBS eyes further acquisitions after merger

Discovery and Sony Entertainment have been mooted as potential targets for ViacomCBS as it looks to bolster the newly merged company with further acquisitions, following the creation of the $30bn outfit yesterday. The long-awaited merger will see brands including CBS, Showtime, Nickelodeon, MTV, BET and Comedy Central coming under one roof, along with CBS Television […]

CBS, Viacom conclude long-awaited merger

CBS and Viacom have agreed a long-awaited merger deal that will see the two businesses operate as ViacomCBS Inc. moving forward. The deal comes after months of speculation around a merger – the third such attempt since 2016, when a reunification of the two businesses was first explored. New leadership has been set out, with […]

Viacom, CBS enter final stretch of merger talks

CBS and Viacom are nearing a deal for a merged company, with the final stumbling block appearing to be an agreement on exchange ratio.  According to Variety, board members from the businesses spent the better part of the weekend hammering out final details around the merger. It is believed that a deal could be reached […]

Pluto TV delivers for Viacom as user base grows by 50%

Viacom’s AVOD business Pluto TV saw its monthly user base rise by 50% between Viacom’s acquisition of the business in January and the end of July, ending that month with 18m active users. News of Pluto’s progress was revealed as Viacom posted solid fiscal Q3 numbers on the back of a recovery in its domestic […]

CBS, Viacom miss anticipated merger deadline

CBS and Viacom have missed their anticipated deadline for a merger deal. According to reports, the businesses had hoped to sign off on a deal in time for CBS’s quarterly earnings, set to be announced later today (8 August), but an agreement was not reached in time. The delay is due to final negotiations over […]