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Series based on Heathers movie in the works

TV Land has ordered a pilot of Heathers, a series based on the movie of the same name. Ordering the pilot, the Viacom-owned US cable net said the TV version of Heathers will be an anthology series, in which a modern-day heroine has to deal with a vicious clique (the Heathers). US network Fox prepped […]

Viacom restructure costs $785m

The continuing restructuring of Viacom will cost the US-based media giant US$785 million. The company plans to write down that amount as a pre-tax charge for the first fiscal quarter of 2015. This will reflect costs relating to “underperforming programming, including the abandonment of select acquired titles, as well as costs associated with workforce reductions”. […]

Senior Nick execs axed in restructure

Senior Nickelodeon executives Teri Weiss and Rick Magallanes are among those axed in another round of Viacom lay-offs, US trades reported this week. Weiss, Nick’s executive VP of preschool programming is leaving along with Magallanes, who is Nickelodeon Animation Studios’ senior VP; Jenna Boyd, who had the same role; SVP of production and development at […]

MTV hands Dolgen reality role amid restructure

Viacom network MTV is merging its east and west coast development teams under veteran reality TV producer Lauren Dolgen. This comes after a round of lay-offs at the east coast office last week that saw the departure of MTV’s executive VP of current programming Elli Hakami. MTV’s US office couldn’t be contacted this morning, but […]

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 […]

TV Land president exits Viacom

Viacom’s US cable channel TV Land is saying goodbye to its long-serving president, Larry Jones, as part of a restructure. Jones, who joined Viacom in 1988 and later helped to launch TV Land and helmed its launch into scripted programming in 2009, is exiting, with the news coming a day after another Viacom stalwart, MTV […]

Viacom promotes Gorke for US distribution

Viacom has promoted Tom Gorke to a wider content distribution role in its domestic networks division. Gorke has been named executive VP, sales and business development, content distribution at Viacom Media Networks and BET Networks. This means he will oversee sales and new business efforts for all linear and digital partnerships across the BET, CMT, Comedy […]

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 […]

Hot in Cleveland hitting 100, gets renewed

US comedy series Hot in Cleveland has been renewed for a sixth season. The sitcom, which will hit the landmark hundred episode during the current fifth run, is produced by Hazy Mills Productions and Endemol has international sales and format rights. Endemol Worldwide Distribution has previously agreed deals for local versions of the comedy in […]

TV Land buys Ben Silverman comedy

US cable channel TV Land has ordered a half-hour workplace comedy from Ben Silverman’s Electus and writer Jon Sherman. The currently untitled show revolves around a 30-something woman as she navigates through the executive ranks among her old fashioned male colleagues and her younger male assistant. Silverman will executive produce, along with Sherman (Frasier) and […]