MTV to relaunch in Russia as Profmedia exits

Viacom International Media Networks today takes full control of MTV Russia for the first time in the channel’s 15-year history and is planning a major relaunch of the net. VIMN plans to relaunch a “new look” MTV on October 1 in HD, with a programming slate includingJersey Shore, The Hills and the Beavis and Butthead […]

Pact: Channel 5 attitude toward indies ‘worrying’

UK producer body Pact has labelled the terrestrial broadcaster Channel 5’s relationship with local indies “worrying” following results from a new survey. Pact’s membership survey rated Channel 5 as ‘disappointing’ at best in key areas of concern – ‘appreciation of cash flow issues’, ‘dealings regarding terms of trade’ and ‘getting paid on time’. This compared […]

Ex-Nickelodeon exec returns to the fray

Former Nickelodeon UK executive Layla Lewis is re-joining Viacom International Media Networks after nearly three years at rival Turner Broadcasting. Lewis has been handed the role of Nickelodeon’s VP, content acquisitions, as one of two new appointments. Additionally, Shannon Friedrichs Higdon has been promoted to VP, content and brand management, Nickelodeon International. Both will be […]

Viacom reveals audience’s social media habits

Viacom has unveiled the results of a study into how viewers of its channels use social media to interact with TV. The US-based company, which runs channels including MTV, VH1 and Nickelodeon, surveyed over 5,000 viewers across the US, UK, Germany, Brazil and Russia. The respondents were all in the 13-to-49 demo and all regularly […]

Viacom plans TV production push as revenues fall

MTV and Nickelodeon owner Viacom has seen revenues fall 6% year-on-year in its second quarter results, but is planning to invest more in original content across its improving TV channels business. Q2 revenues to March 31, 2013, were US$3.14 billion compared with US$3.31 billion in 2012, on top of operating income down 9% at US$847 […]

News brief: Nick winds up for more Tickety Toc

Nickelodeon has bought the second season of Zodiak Kids’ CG-animated preschool cartoon Tickety Toc. The 26x11mins season will broadcast on Nick channels around world, including in the UK and the US. Nick also gets three 30-minute specials as part of the agreement. The show, which comes from Korea’s FunnyFlux Entertainment founder Gil Hoon Jung and […]

Nickelodeon’s Cohn exits

Nickelodeon’s long-serving Marjorie Cohn is exiting the kids’ cable channel after 26 years. The latest top level restructure at the Viacom-owned sees Cohn, currently Nick’s president of content development, opting to leave almost a year after she added animation and digital development to her live-action slate, following the departure of Browne Johnson. Nick’s president of […]

Teletoon swings in for George of the Jungle

Canadian children’s broadcaster Teletoon has commissioned another season ofGeorge of the Jungle, the most recent remake of the classic animated comedy. Singapore’s August Media Holdings and Canadian prodco Chocolate Moose Media are working on the second season, which has got the greenlight six years after the remake’s first run. George will deliver in 2014. August’s […]

MTV channels in Poland renew Warner Bros. deal

Viacom International Media Networks Polska has renewed a programming deal with Warner Bros. and will take a range of titles from the Hollywood studio for its channels in the country. VIMN Polska comprises MTV Polska, VH1, Viva Polska, Comedy Central Polska, and Nickelodeon. Under the terms of a renewed two-year programming deal the channels will […]

Nick buys Korean short-form comedy

Nickelodeon’s channels in Portugal, Spain and South Africa have tapped distributor Imira Entertainment for a new South Korean short-form cartoon. The networks have picked up pay TV rights to season one of Larva (104x2mins), a non-dialogue 3D CGI comedy that comes from Seoul-based Tuba Entertainment. Larva is a slapstick comedy revolving around a pair of […]