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Comedy Central launches first Middle East stand up

Viacom’s fledgling Comedy Central channel in the Middle East is moving into original production with a new stand up comedy series for the regional net. The local Comedy Central Presents is being filmed in Dubai and will be a showcase for local comedy talent. It will feature 30 up-and-coming and established Arab comedians from across […]

Deal round-up: Discovery buys Lebron James series

Discovery Networks has bought Latin American distribution rights for the new LeBron James series Cleveland Hustles. The show follows NBA superstar LeBron James and his business partner and friend Maverick Carter as they give local entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch business ideas and rejuvenate Cleveland neighbourhoods. In its latest deal with international producer and distributor […]

Viacom names Lynn replacement in UK, CEE

Viacom has named James Currell as executive VP and managing director for the UK, northern Europe and eastern Europe, following David Lynn’s appointment as president and CEO of Viacom Media Networks International. Channel 5 chief operating officer Paul Dunthorne has, meanwhile, been promoted to take on Currell’s old job of COO at VIMN for northern […]

Bakish: Comedy Central, Paramount are priorities

Bob Bakish has said Viacom must focus on expanding the international reach of the Comedy Central and Paramount Channel brands. Bakish is replacing Tom Dooley as interim president and CEO of Viacom on Tuesday (November 15). He is tasked with providing strategy for the company as it explores merger possibilities with CBS Corp., which shares […]

Viacom channels yanked from Sony streaming net

Viacom’s cable nets are being pulled from Sony’s US cloud TV service, PlayStation Vue. The Viacom channels will be taken off Vue from Friday (November 11), with new nets including BBC America and NBA TV added. Vice’s Viceland and more local offerings from CBS and Fox will be added soon, Sony said. The changes became […]

CBS ‘hires bank’ for Viacom merger

The potential recombination of National Amusements subsidiaries CBS Corp. and Viacom has moved another step forward. CBS has retained banks Moelis & Co. and Goldman Sachs to advise on the possible merger, which has been on the table since Shari Redstone and her father, Sumner Redstone, took more active control of Viacom after their battle […]

Viacom merging US and int’l under Bakish

Viacom’s international and US channel groups are merging into a new unit that Bob Bakish will lead as interim company president and CEO. Viacom International Media Networks and domestic networks arm Viacom Music and Entertainment Group are coming together as Viacom Global Entertainment Group (VGEG). Furthermore, the Viacom Kids and Family Group, which Cyma Zarghami […]

Bakish ‘set for interim Viacom CEO role’

Viacom’s international president and CEO, Bob Bakish, is set to be named interim chief executive of the wider business as the possibility of a merger with CBS is explored. Bloomberg cited unnamed sources as saying Viacom International Media Networks boss Bakish was “close” to landing the post. Current interim CEO Tom Dooley is leaving the […]

Sharma, Bates upped in regional Viacom rejig

Paras Sharma and Simon Bates have gained promotions in a restructuring at Viacom International Media Networks in Asia-Pacific. Sharma was promoted to senior VP of MTV, Comedy Central and Paramount Channels and digital media in January this year, and now has been upped to SVP and general manager for Southeast Asia. Sharma has been investigating […]

Dooley follows Dauman out of Viacom

The interim president and CEO of Viacom, Tom Dooley, will leave the media giant in November. Dooley (pictured) has informed the board of his decision to exit on November 15 “to facilitate an orderly transition”. The news came in an announcement that also revealed: Former CEO Philippe Dauman’s plan to sell 49% of film division […]