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Viacom channels yanked from Sony streaming net

Viacom’s cable nets are being pulled from Sony’s US cloud TV service, PlayStation Vue. The Viacom channels will be taken off Vue from Friday (November 11), with new nets including BBC America and NBA TV added. Vice’s Viceland and more local offerings from CBS and Fox will be added soon, Sony said. The changes became […]

Viacom launching new Spike channels

Viacom will launch Spike channels in the Netherlands and Hungary next month. The male-skewing cable net is already available in the Netherlands as a five-hour branded block on the Nickelodeon kids service, but will roll out as a full round the clock channel from December 12. It will be carried on the Liberty Global-owned Ziggo […]

Viacom merging US and int’l under Bakish

Viacom’s international and US channel groups are merging into a new unit that Bob Bakish will lead as interim company president and CEO. Viacom International Media Networks and domestic networks arm Viacom Music and Entertainment Group are coming together as Viacom Global Entertainment Group (VGEG). Furthermore, the Viacom Kids and Family Group, which Cyma Zarghami […]

Sharma, Bates upped in regional Viacom rejig

Paras Sharma and Simon Bates have gained promotions in a restructuring at Viacom International Media Networks in Asia-Pacific. Sharma was promoted to senior VP of MTV, Comedy Central and Paramount Channels and digital media in January this year, and now has been upped to SVP and general manager for Southeast Asia. Sharma has been investigating […]

Spike peers into The Mist with Stephen King

US cable channel Spike is to remake horror movie The Mist. The network has ordered a ten-part scripted series based on the film, with TWC-Dimension Television, which is part of The Weinstein Company, attached to produce. The film, based on a King novella, followed a seemingly innocuous mist that sweeps over a small town and […]

Spike, Lionsgate team with Christina Aguilera

US channel Spike, producer Lionsgate Television and singer Christina Aguilera are working up a music-themed game show. Tracks, which Mission Control Media (Hollywood Game Night) and Aguilera’s MX Productions are producing in association with Lionsgate, will debut as a half-hour special on Viacom Media Networks-owned Spike later this year. The format will see teams of […]

Foxtel eyes ratings spike with VIMN shows

Australian pay TV platform Foxtel has acquired a multi-title programming package from Viacom International Media Networks. The shows, which were all commissioned for Viacom’s Spike, will air on Foxtel-operated channel A&E and include the 3x60mins Gym Rescue (pictured), 11x60mins Hungary Investors, 9x30mins Chainsaw Gang and two seasons of Catch a Contractor. This is the first […]

Viacom reveals global SVOD service

Viacom has unveiled Viacom Play Plex, a suite of mobile TV apps that will offer subscription access to programming from international channels including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and MTV. Play Plex will comprise a suite of mobile apps for Android and iOS-enabled devices, which Viacom’s distribution partners can offer to their customers. The service is likely to […]

Turner alumnus joins Viacom North Europe

Former Turner Broadcasting System EMEA senior VP and COO Pete Flamman has joined Viacom International Media Networks’s northern Europe operation. Flamman (pictured) is taking on a newly-created role of senior VP of brands for northern Europe at VIMN Northern Europe. He left Turner last year as part of the wide restructuring in the EMEA business […]

Spike harvests Bruckheimer drama series

US cable net Spike has ordered Harvest, a new drama about a hard-working father forced to work in the black market trading of body parts. The ten-part show will be Spike’s first one-hour drama series in almost a decade. Film and TV producer Jerry Bruckheimer is on production duty alongside Warner Horizon Television. Ian Sobel […]