Paramount+ reveals launch dates for US, Canada, Nordics & Australia

ViacomCBS is to launch streamer Paramount+ across the US on 4 March and has also revealed more details of the service’s international roll-out plans. Paramount+, a rebooted version of existing streamer CBS All Access, will launch across Latin America on the same date as the US, before being rolled out into the Nordics on 25 March […]

TBI Tech & Analysis: Global TV Production in 2020

Tim Westcott, senior research manager for channels, programming & advertising at research powerhouse Omdia explores what’s fuelling the global production industry – and what’s in store next year. The rise of SVOD has been the main force driving world programming expenditure since 2010. Expenditure on original and acquired programming in the 35 countries tracked by […]

ViacomCBS’s David Lynn exits as Raffaele Annecchino named international chief

ViacomCBS has appointed Raffaele Annecchino to become president and CEO at its international division, replacing David Lynn who is leaving the company after 24 years. Annecchino becomes president & CEO of ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI), effective immediately. He reports into ViacomCBS president & CEO Bob Bakish and succeeds Lynn, who will depart the company following a […]

ViacomCBS to close legacy streamers as focus shifts to Paramount+

ViacomCBS is to shut down its smaller legacy streamers, such as MTV Hits, whose content will be added to its upcoming premium service Paramount+, amid a surge in subscribers for its existing SVOD and AVOD platforms. The decision was revealed in the company’s Q3 earnings report and comes as the US media giant prepares to […]

Paramount+ takes ‘Grease’ reboot from WarnerMedia’s HBO Max

ViacomCBS’s OTT service Paramount+ has picked up the forthcoming Grease spin-off, which had been previously with rival streamer HBO Max. The show is being re-named Grease: Rise Of The Pink Ladies and is described as a musical comedy, with Annabel Oakes (Transparent) continuing as creator and writer. The reboot had been given a straight-to-series order by WarnerMedia’s […]

ViacomCBS reveals ‘Godfather’ drama & talks global strategy for new streamer Paramount+

ViacomCBS has revealed a raft of new shows and unveiled the name for its soon-to-launch ‘super service’ OTT platform, with execs also outlining the streamer’s commissioning strategy and its international plans. The rebranded CBS All Access will be called Paramount+ and will incorporate content from across ViacomCBS brands, including MTV, BET, Comedy Central, CBS, Paramount […]

Viacom launches Paramount+ SVOD service in Hungary

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has launched Paramount+ in Hungary, marking the SVOD service’s second release in the region following its recent rollout in Poland. Paramount+ is available to customers of Magyar Telekom as part of the network operator’s Moziklub video-on-demand platform. It can be accessed through Magyar Telekom’s set top boxes and via its […]

Distributors: the new producers?

A growing number of distributors are involved in activities that look more like development, production and commissioning. Andy Fry investigates At its core, the primary role of a TV distributor is still to sell programmes to the international market. But these days a growing number of distributors are also involved in activities that look more […]

Netflix shocks at Super Bowl with sneak Cloverfield launch

Netflix’s marketing execs are slapping each other on the backs after their latest movie launch stunt stole the show during the Super Bowl last night. The SVOD service took everybody by surprise by announcing the launch of the latest instalment of the Cloverfield horror franchise during the annual American Football final in the US. US […]

Paramount importance

The US’s newest general entertainment station, the Paramount Network, launches in January 2018. Jesse Whittock hears how channel president Kevin Kay plans to change cable with premium originals and unscripted hits for a broad audience. There’s no better way to better encapsulate Viacom’s strategy change under Bob Bakish than to look at the creation and […]