Paramount Television


What Friends tells us about rights ownership in 2019

Media giants building SVODs to rival Netflix are talking the talk, but who will walk the walk? Manori Ravindran investigates the knock-on effects of consolidation and the bigger picture around windowing and rights ownership. If 2018’s media disruption taught us anything, it was to expect the unexpected in the laser-focused drive for scale. As potential […]

Paramount TV names Nicole Clemens as new president

Anonymous Content’s Nicole Clemens is Paramount Television’s new president, after Amy Powell was fired for alleged racially insensitive remarks in July. Powell was dismissed by the company two months ago after allegedly making an offensive racial remark during a conference call. The former Paramount TV president denied any wrongdoing post-dismissal. Clemens joins from Anonymous, where […]

Paramount TV appoints Flynn as int’l strategy chief

Paramount Television has named David Flynn executive vice president of international strategy, a new role for the company. Flynn will report to Amy Powell, president of Paramount TV, which is a US production division within media giant Viacom. In the position, Flynn will play an integral role in helping to identify and secure local formats, […]

Mark Burnett’s Contender boxes clever with Epix reboot

The Mark Burnett-created boxing reality series The Contender is returning to US television screens after almost a decade. MGM-owned premium cable channel Epix has commissioned a new run of the show, which has previously aired on NBC, ESPN and Versus (aka NBCSN). Epix is lining up a twelve-part season featuring 16 fighters, with production set […]

Disney poaches Paramount TV for originals

Disney Channels Worldwide has poached a Paramount Television for original programming. Dina Hillier has been named VP of original series for the Disney Channel, working on development of live-action series for multiple platforms. Hillier was previously VP of comedy development and current programming at Paramount TV, the television production arm of Viacom-owned studio Paramount Pictures. […]

Amazon to ‘increase content spend again’

Amazon will keep apace with Netflix’s original content spend, with Roy Price reportedly promising staff the SVOD service would increase investment in content again. The Amazon Studios head told staff content spend was set to increase in 2018 and 2019, with three new series put into development to go with an expanding originals slate, as […]

Paramount extends Anonymous deal

Hollywood’s Paramount Television has extended its first-look deal with Anonymous Content, a partnership that’s already spawned Netflix drama 13 Reasons Why. The new deal runs to the end of 2019, and gives Viacom-owned Paramount exclusive first-look rights to produce and distribute Anonymous-developed TV shows. There is also a new co-financing element added. Paramount and Anonymous […]

HBO Europe on-demand nets stop at Berlin Station

HBO Nordic and HBO España make two of three new buyers of Epix’s drama series, Berlin Station. The HBO subscription on-demand services had acquired the ten-episode drama from Paramount Worldwide Television Licensing & Distribution, with Italy’s TIMvision being the other buyer. HBO Nordic launched as an SVOD service in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland in […]

Paramount ties with Telefe for multi-lingual drama

Viacom’s recent acquisition of Argentinian broadcaster Telefe is already reaping rewards. Viacom-owned Paramount Television is teaming with Telefe to develop a one-hour drama series created by journalist-turned-TV writer Jason George (Narcos), Cazadores. This comes after Viacom beat competition to acquire Telefe for around US$345 million. Paramount TV is part of Paramount Pictures, the film arm […]

AMC, BBC coproduce second Le Carré adaptation

US cable channel AMC and UK pubcaster the BBC are adapting novelist John le Carré’s book The Spy Who Came in From the Cold into a limited series. Academy Award-winner Simon Beaufoy will write the series, which is based on the story of a British intelligence officer based in East Berlin at the height of the […]