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NATPE: Bakish outlines Viacom turnaround plan

New Viacom CEO Bob Bakish has begun to flesh out a plan to turn the US-based media giant around after a tumultous period for the business, he revealed here at NATPE Miami yesterday. Bakish (pictured) said he is working up a plan to “put the magic” back into the company, and speaking to TBI after […]

Viacom goes Super local in India

Viacom and TV18 are launching a new local entertainment channel in India. The new net Colors Super will build upon the successful Colors entertainment channel brand that Viacom runs through its joint venture with local media firm TV18, Viacom18. The channel will be programmed with fantasy shows, reality programming and feature films. It will go […]

Viacom18 creates Netflix rival

Viacom18 has launched a new ad-supported VOD service, VOOT. The platform will be made free on iOS and Android devices and the web, and will house series such as Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants and Chhota Bheem from Nickelodeon. It will offer the entire content libraries of Viacom18 channels such as Nick, MTV and Colors, […]

Chernin establishes Asian investment firm

The Chernin Group and former ProSiebenSat.1 owner KKR have pacted to create an investment fund in Asia. Investment company KKR has invested US$300 million in Emerald Media, with former New Corp. boss Peter Chernin’s media company partaking in the venture as a minority co-investor. Further to that, KKR has acquired a “significant, minority stake” in […]

Viacom pays $153m for Indian nets stake

Viacom has paid 9.4 billion rupees (US$153 million) for a 50% stake in Indian regional entertainment channels operator Prism TV. Prism owns a bouquet of networks comprising ETV Marathi, ETV Kannada, ETV Bangla, ETV Oriya and ETV Gujarati. These were recently rebranded under the COLORS umbrella, the Hindi entertainment brand that Viacom jointly owns with […]

Endemol extends Indian Big Brother brand

Big Brother is getting a pair of new regional language versions in India, where the Endemol reality format is known as Big Boss. In southern India, Viacom 18’s channel ETV Kannada has commissioned Endemol India to create a new version of the format, which will debut in late March. Endemol India is also set to […]

BBC Worldwide launching new version of Dancing with the Stars in India

BBC Worldwide is launching a second version of its Dancing with the Stars (aka Strictly Come Dancing) format in India, TBI has learned. Myleeta Aga, general manager and creative head of BBC Worldwide Productions India, told TBI the new regional version of the talent show will launch in March and that she would like to […]