David Lynn


‘Transformed’ Channel 5 delivers record profit

Viacom-owned Channel 5 has delivered record revenue and profit off the back of an increased investment in programming, and improved viewing numbers and share of the TV advertising market. Management said the results prove the channel has been transformed under the US ownership of Viacom, which bought it for £450 million (US$559 million) in 2014. […]

McCann exits Nick UK, new GM installed

Tina McCann is exiting Nickelodeon UK as part of a “management handover” that sees VP, editorial Alison Bakunowich named general manager. McCann has been Nick UK’s managing director for the past five-and-a-half years, but is exiting to resume work as a freelance executive coach and media consultant. Bakunowich takes up her new role in March, […]

Offman upped in Viacom UK shake up

Jill Offman (left) has been appointed the head of MTV in the UK, adding management of the channel to her current responsibility for running Comedy Central. She takes over at MTV from Kerry Taylor who takes a newly-created role of chief marketing officer for Viacom International Media Networks UK. Under the new structure, Offman becomes […]

C5 job losses as Sky and Viacom renew deal

Sky and Viacom International Media Networks have renewed the deal that sees a raft of channels including MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central carried on the UK pay TV platform. Sky will sell free-to-air broadcaster Channel 5’s advertising as part of the new agreement, which secures carriage for the Viacom pay TV nets for five more […]

MTV UK boss to rebrand Channel 5

MTV UK general manager Kerry Taylor has been given a new role within Viacom and tasked with rebranding Channel 5, the UK free-TV broadcaster the US media giant acquired last year. Taylor has taken the newly-created role of chief marketing officer of Viacom’s UK operations, which span Channel 5 and pay TV channels including MTV […]

Viacom closes Channel 5 acquisition

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has closed its £450 million (US$740 million) acquisition of UK broadcaster Channel 5 from Northern & Shell Media Group. The deal was first announced on May 1 and was completed yesterday morning after receiving unconditional clearance from the European Commission. With the conclusion of the agreement, VIMN – which owns […]

Paramount rolling out in Russia and Hungary

Viacom has struck new carriage deals for the Paramount Channel in Russia and Hungary. In Russia the channel, which is programmed with features from Paramount and other US studios, launched on Rostelecom today (February 18). It is carried in the pay TV operator’s Movie’ and ‘Maximum’ packages. The channel has also launched in Hungary on […]

Viacom hands Spain exec expanded Europe, Africa role

Viacom International Media Networks has named MTV Spain’s programming chief to become its VP, youth and music brands for South Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In her new Madrid-based role, Laura Abril will oversee strategy for channels including MTV, MTV Base, VH1 and VH1 Classic across Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, Greece, Africa, the Middle […]

Lovefilm inks Viacom programming deal

Lovefilm has agreed a content deal with Viacom that gives it hundreds of hours of programming from channels including MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central. The Amazon-owned streaming service inked the deal with Viacom’s content sales unit leader Viacom International Media Networks and it covers VIMN titles in the UK. The agreement means that from today […]

Viacom ups Kerry Taylor to international MTV programming boss

Viacom International Media Networks has promoted Kerry Taylor to senior VP, Youth & Music. The role involves overseeing all branding activity and taking responsibility for all non-music-related content on the international MTV channels. Taylor will report to VIMN CEO Bob Bakish in the new role as well as continuing in her current position as senior […]