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Paramount chief Grey exiting ahead of network launch

Paramount Pictures chairman and CEO Brad Grey is stepping down after twelve years with Viacom. For TV execs, the news comes ahead of the establishment of the Paramount Network, which Viacom president and CEO Bob Bakish has placed at the centre of his plans to turn around the giant media business. Paramount Television and Digital […]

Lionsgate ‘in talks to sell Epix stake’

Lionsgate Entertainment is reportedly set to offload its stake in US premium cable channel Epix to its joint venture partners, Viacom and MGM. According to Reuters citing unnamed sources, Lionsgate has initiated talks with MGM Holdings and Viacom’s film arm, Paramount Pictures, over a deal. Lionsgate has just completed its US$4.4 billion takeover of pay […]

Epix poaches BBCWW exec for content sales

US premium network Epix has poached a high-ranking BBC Worldwide America distribution executive. Sandy Ashendorf (pictured) has been named executive VP, content distribution at the channel, heading network distribution partnerships on all platforms. She was previously EVP, distribution, at the commercially-focused US arm of UK pubcaster the BBC. Before that, she had spent 17 years […]

Asia’s Television Forum

Yeow Hui Leng, senior project director of Asia TV Forum & Market and ScreenSingapore organiser Reed Exhibitions tells TBI about this year’s edition of ATF How many attendees will be in town? We are expecting some 5,200 attendees this year, comparable to that in 2015. In 2015, 5,011 attendees from 60 countries attended ATF. In […]

Paramount in EU geoblocking agreement

US studio Paramount has agreed a settlement with the European Commission to no longer geoblock movies from its deals with regional satcaster Sky. The EC has been investigating whether Sky’s film UK and Ireland deals with the major US studios, including Paramount, are anti-competitive, and yesterday’s agreement marks the first result of the inquiry. The […]

Viacom, NA clash over Paramount sale plan

Selling a chunk of Paramount Pictures to China’s Dalian Wanda Group would “undermine” long-term value at the Viacom-owned studio, according to National Amusements. The battle for the future of Viacom and its subsidiary Paramount reached its latest stage late last week when Viacom owner NA released a statement warning a deal would damage value for […]

Epix hires NBCU’s Dakss for digital post

US premium cable channel Epix has hired Jonathan Dakss from NBCUniversal to fill a key digital post. Dakss will become chief digital officer at the network, which is a joint venture between Viacom, its Paramount Pictures subsidiary, Lionsgate and MGM. To this point, he has been VP, NBCU Media Labs. This saw him overseeing programmes […]

Paramount sale blocked until Redstone ruling

Viacom will not be able to sell a stake in Paramount Pictures until a US judge decides on company owner Sumner Redstone’s capacity to make decisions. The potential sale of a 49% is off the table, while the Viacom board members removed by parent company National Amusements this month will actually remain in place while […]

Dauman axed from Viacom board

Viacom’s chief executive, Philippe Dauman, is one of five directors axed from the media giant’s board by parent company National Amusements. Five new directors have been elected to the board to replace those chopped, who comprise Dauman (pictured), George Abrams, Blythe McGarvie, Frederic Salerno and William Schwartz. Dauman does remain CEO for the time being, […]

Paramount sale ‘progressing’ despite Redstone row

Viacom chairman and CEO Philippe Dauman has said his plan to sell a minority stake in film arm Paramount Pictures remains on track, despite the recent boardroom battles. Dauman’s future has looked increasingly unclear as the Redstone camp, which controls Viacom through National Amusements, has attempted to dampen his power through a series of legal […]