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ViacomCBS outlines plans for ‘super-serving’ SVOD with 30,000 hours

ViacomCBS will look to retain more rights to its programming as it prepares to roll out a new ‘house of brands’ streaming service in 2021, CEO Bob Bakish has confirmed. The company initially announced plans to launch a large-scale streamer comparable to the likes of HBO Max and Netflix in February, but the CEO has […]

ViacomCBS slashes senior execs, Smithsonian president to depart

ViacomCBS has made a slew of changes to the senior management ranks at MTV, Pop, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and Smithsonian, with the latter’s president Tom Hayden among those departing. Around 100 staff have been affected according to US reports, with Hayden set to leave the cablenet that he launched in 2006 in the coming months. […]

TVF secures swathe of deals in Australia and New Zealand

London-based factual distributor TVF International has sold a slate of shows to broadcasters in Australia and New Zealand. Inside Windsor Castle, co-commissioned by Channel 5 and Smithsonian, has been picked up by Foxtel, SBS (both Australia) and Sky Prime (NZ) while Foxtel also snapped up CBC crime doc Looking for Mike (44 minutes) and Channel […]

International broadcasters greenlight Stonehenge copro

A host of international broadcasters have greenlit Stonehenge Empire, a two-part copro about iconic British prehistoric monument Stonehenge. The BBC in the UK, CBC in Canada, Smithsonian in the US, France 5, ORF in Austria and ZDF in Germany will all be copro partners on the 2x60mins doc. UK indie October Films will produce the […]

BBC buys Martin Luther King doc for anniversary tribute

The BBC has acquired one-off doc MLK: The Assassination Tapes, a one-off documentary about iconic US civil rights activist Martin Luther King Junior. The UK public broadcaster will air the 1x60mins doc as part of its 50th anniversary programming commemorating Luther King’s ‘I have a dream’ speech. The Peabody Award-winning film will go out on […]