Channel 5 secures Spike miniseries Tut

UK broadcaster Channel 5 has acquired Tut, the Ancient Egypt miniseries about boy-king Tutankhamun. Viacom-owned Channel 5 acquired the show from Muse Distribution International, whose parent, Muse Entertainment, produced it. Tut was created for another Viacom network, US cable channel Spike, which ordered the drama as its first event miniseries in eight years and launches […]

Channel 5 made £12.9m loss before Viacom deal

Channel 5 made a £12.9 million (US$20.1 million) loss in its final financial results before Viacom acquired the UK broadcaster for £450 million last year. The network’s accounts for the nine months to September 30, 2014, revealed the operating loss, which compared with a £32.4 million operating profit in full-year 2013. US giant Viacom acquired […]

MTV UK boss to rebrand Channel 5

MTV UK general manager Kerry Taylor has been given a new role within Viacom and tasked with rebranding Channel 5, the UK free-TV broadcaster the US media giant acquired last year. Taylor has taken the newly-created role of chief marketing officer of Viacom’s UK operations, which span Channel 5 and pay TV channels including MTV […]

Electus strikes Bellator MMA deals

Electus International has secured new deals for the Bellator mixed martial arts championship with international channels. US-based Electus took on distribution of the Bellator MMA rights at the start of the year and has now struck TV rights deals with Network Ten in Australia, RTL9 in France, Discovery in Italy, 15TV in Spain, Fight Channel […]

Viacom retools channels under Zarghami, Herzog

Viacom has promoted Cyma Zarghami and Doug Herzog to run its channel operations, which will now be split into two groups under a new restructuring. Both are Viacom veterans, and have now divided up channels Van Toffler previously oversaw before the announcement of his departure earlier this week. Toffler officially exits in April after helping […]

Raft of exec appointments at Viacom intn’l channels

Viacom has upped several of senior channel execs at its international channels, appointing a new boss for the BET, Paramount and Spike channels, and creating a new head of acquisitions position for all of its UK channels. Michael Armstrong will continue to lead the international BET and Paramount channel efforts and oversee the launch of […]

Viacom confirms ‘landmark’ Sony OTT deal

Entertainment giant Viacom has confirmed it is to provide 22 launch channels for Sony Corporation’s upcoming US cloud-TV service. The deal marks the first time Viacom channels have been offered as live internet TV channels via a VOD service. Terms of the agreement were not revealed, but such a significant deal would not have come […]

Crew member fatally shot during Cops filming

A crew member on Cops has been fatally shot while filming the long-running US reality show. Bryce Dion, a sound supervisor, was working on an episode of the show tracking law enforcement officers in Omaha, Nebraska. The police officers and crew attended a suspected armed robbery in a Wendy’s fast food store and Dion was […]

News brief: Pierce Brosnan working up Crusades drama for Spike

Pierce Brosnan is working in The Crusaders, a new original drama for Spike that will be made by the actor’s prodco Irish DreamTime. Viacom’s Spike has put the show into development and Irish DreamTime and Sennet Entertainment will produce. Brosnan will executive produce, but it was not immediately clear whether he will also star in […]

French sale for tattoo competition series

French digital terrestrial channel Numero 23 has picked up tattoo competition series Ink Master. The show was made for Viacom’s male-skewed US cable channel Spike and hosted by is hosted by rock star Dave Navarro. It is produced by Original Media. It features tattoo artists who compete against one another for a cash prize. Each […]