Jill Offman

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 […]

Modern Family’s Levitan heads to MIPTV

Modern Family co-creator Steven Levitan is heading to MIPTV next month and will give a keynote address at the TV market. Levitan, whose other credits include Frasier and The Larry Sanders Show, will talk about the success of Modern Family, which is on the ABC network in the US, including how it is starting to […]

Comedy Central UK lines up Impractical Jokers

Comedy Central UK has ordered a pilot of US comedy format Impractical Jokers after it dropped off the BBC Three schedule. Warner Bros. Television Production UK-owned prodco Yalli is producing the pilot. The show will closely mirror the format of the US version, which is currently Comedy Central UK’s top-performing show. Hidden camera prank show […]

Raft of exec appointments at Viacom intn’l channels

Viacom has upped several of senior channel execs at its international channels, appointing a new boss for the BET, Paramount and Spike channels, and creating a new head of acquisitions position for all of its UK channels. Michael Armstrong will continue to lead the international BET and Paramount channel efforts and oversee the launch of […]

Comedy Central cuts deal with UK comic Russell Howard

The UK Comedy Central channel has agreed a deal with Russell Howard and the popular British comedian will make two new shows for the Viacom-owned channel. The deal also covers pay TV rights to existing and upcoming series of Rusell Howard’s Good News and four of his stand-up specials. The Good News series currently goes […]

Ex-Heat editor Sam Delaney joins Comedy Central

The former editor of popular gossip magazine Heat, Sam Delaney, has joined Comedy Central UK as editor-in-chief, digital. Delaney is joining the Viacom International Media Networks-owned comedy channel to boost its digital presence. This will see him commission original content from producers and create a hub of funny videos, lists, articles and quizzes featuring major […]

Offman to lead Comedy Central globally

Viacom International Media Networks has promoted UK-based executive Jill Offman to lead its Comedy Central network internationally. In her new role as senior VP, comedy for VIMN, she will report to Bob Bakish, VIMN’s president and CEO, and remain based in London. Offman will also remain senior VP and managing director of Comedy Central UK, […]

Comedy Central poaches BBC exec for programming role

Comedy Central has recruited Louise Holmes as VP, programming. Holmes will join the UK version of the Viacom channel at the end of November and joins from UK public broadcaster the BBC where she was head of marketing for BBC Two, Three and Four. In her new role Holmes will oversee programming, scheduling and research […]

Comedy Central UK renews Men

UK pay TV channel Comedy Central has acquired the eleventh season of long running CBS comedy Two and a Half Men. The deal, with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution, will see the new season launch on the network this coming fall. Jill Offman, managing director, Comedy Central UK and senior VP of content, Comedy Central […]