Mark Whitehead

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 […]

Viacom Play Plex apps hit Asia

Viacom’s mobile app suite, Viacom Play Plex, is to debut in Asia for the first time, via Singapore’s Singtel. Viacom Play Plex allows Viacom’s distribution partners to offer branded apps that provide VOD content for current and library programming. The Singtel deal cover Nickelodeon Play, Nick Jr. Play, MTV Play and Comedy Central Play. A […]

Viacom poaches Worldwide exec for strategy

Viacom has recruited Amit Arora for a newly-created strategy role within its Asian operation. Arora joins Viacom International Media Networks from BBC Worldwide, where he was head of strategy and business development for Asia. At VIMN he will be based in Singapore and report to regional executive VP and managing director Mark Whitehead. “We are […]

Viacom ups Sharma in Asia

Viacom International Media Networks has promoted Paras Sharma to senior VP, MTV and Comedy Central brands and digital media in Asia. The new post sees Sharma exploring opportunities to launch new Viacom adult-skewing brands in Asia, along with his existing duties. Male-skewed Spike is one possibility, with Viacom last year debuting the brand in UK […]

Another BBCWW Asia exec defects to Viacom

Pierre Cheung has been hired as Viacom’s China chief, joining from BBC Worldwide and reporting to Mark Whitehead, another ex-BBC exec that left the company for Viacom. As senior VP and general manager of Viacom International Media Networks for Greater China, Cheung will oversee the its services and programming in China and develop a long-term […]

Viacom names Fox’s Imata as Japan GM

Viacom International Media Networks has hired Susumu Imata as its general manager in Japan following the retirement of incumbent Shigeo Numukura. Imata joins as GM and senior VP of Viacom Networks Japan having most recently been SVP and deputy GM of Fox International Channels Japan. Numukura has retired after 12 years with VIMN. “I want […]

Viacom poaches Worldwide exec as Asia boss

Viacom International Media Networks has recruited Mark Whitehead as executive VP and managing director of its Asian business. He will replace Indra Suharjono, who is leaving the company at the end of June. Whitehead, who will start in the new role in August, joins Viacom from BBC Worldwide, where he has been senior VP and […]

Cambodia goes Dancing With the Stars

A Cambodian broadcaster has ordered a local version of BBC Worldwide’s format Dancing With the Stars. Cambodian Television Network will premiere a local run of the show in mid-2014. CTN owner Cambodian Broadcasting Corporation is producing the show. “Cambodia is an important market in the growth of ou business in Asia – Earlier this year, […]

Red hot channels in Asia

Asian pay TV is growing at a fast clip with subscriber numbers on the rise and revenues from linear and new digital services growing. The numbers are not lost on the international media giants operating channels and services from the likes of A+E, BBC Worldwide, Discovery, Fox, Sony and Turner are all well established in […]