Raffaele Annecchino

Viacom buys Italian net, half of DeA’s Super!

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has acquired an Italian digital free-to-air frequency in order to launch Spike locally, and a 50% stake in kids channel Super!. One agreement, with Scripps Networks Interactive, will see Viacom acquiring the LCN 49 network ahead of launching male-skewed Spike in Italy by the end of October. The other deal […]

Viacom names int’l Paramount, BET bosses

Jill Offman and Alex Okosi have again risen at Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN). Comedy Central International head and Comedy Central and MTV UK managing director Offman has been handed oversight of The Paramount Channel, and VIMN Africa executive VP and MD Okosi takes on BET International. This comes after Michael D. Armstrong, who ran […]

Viacom’s Flamman takes on new MTV and Nick role

Peter Flamman has landed a new role at Viacom and will oversee MTV and Nickelodeon across a large chunk of Europe as well as in Africa and the Middle East. Based in Madrid, he will oversee development and production, acquisitions, scheduling and operations across the channels and their digital services. Flamman replaces Laura Abril, who […]

Paramount Channel added to OSN

Viacom has agreed an expanded deal with OSN and its Nickelodeon, NickToon and Paramount Channel will now all be carried on the Middle Eastern pay TV platform. The Teen Nick On Demand service will also be added as part of the new deal. Paramount Channel, which internationally is movie-focused although a new Paramount net is […]

Paramount Channel launches in Italy

Viacom’s Paramount Channel is launching in Italy. The Viacom International Media Networks channel, which is programmed with new and classic movies and movie-related programme, will be carried on DTT in the country and roll out on February 27. Paramount said the service will be carried in 90 million homes in total with the Italian launch. […]

Viacom to launch BET in South Africa

Viacom International Media Networks has partnered with African pay TV provider MultiChoice to launch a new localised BET channel in South Africa. The channel will be available exclusively on MultiChoice-owned pay TV platform DStv from April 2, and will be found at channel slot 129 on the EPG. The launch will mark the tenth African […]

Viacom poaches Fox, Discovery execs for Europe

Viacom has added a pair of executives to its southern Europe team, one from Discovery Communications and the other from Fox International Channels. Andrea Castellari (left) has been appointed senior VP and general manager, VIMN Italy, Middle East and Turkey. He was previously a senior programming executive at Discovery in Italy. Based in Milan, he […]

Annecchino replaces Dall’Orto at Viacom

Antonio  Campo Dall’Orto has left Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) and will be replaced by Raffaele Annecchino. VIMN said that Dall’Orto, managing director of VIMN’s South Europe, Middle East & Africa business is leaving the company ‘to pursue other opportunities’. He was at Viacom for over fifteen years, launching MTV in Italy back in 1997. […]