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My5 to host UK premieres of Stan, Crackle originals

Viacom-backed VOD service My5 will host the UK premieres of two dramas from Sony Pictures Television. The platform has picked up OTT-originated dramas The Oath and Bloom, which will both air on My5 as first-run exclusives in the UK, bolstering the platform’s drama slate. Mystery drama Bloom (6 x 60 minutes) originally aired on Australian […]

Viacom sets sights on European production in major restructure

Viacom International Studios (VIS) is rolling out production hubs in the UK and Spain as it looks to expand its international production footprint.  VIS is to open production centres in Madrid and Manchester as part of an ongoing expansion of international production of both English and Spanish-language programming.  The roll-out follows last year’s launch of […]

Dating formats in a social age: Why audiences are hooked on hooking up

Viacom International Studios’ head of formats Laura Burrell expounds on the prolific success of recent dating programmes, and why formats with a social dimension are drawing young viewers. When I joined Viacom earlier in my career, one of the first formats I worked on was the UK version of MTV’s studio dating show Singled Out. […]

Awesomeness names Viacom Int’l Studios as distribution partner

Viacom International Studios (VIS) will be the international distribution partner for Awesomeness’ a large portfolio of series and films within its catalogue. The media company, which focuses on creating original content for Gen Z (those born in the mid-90s onwards) through its film and TV divisions, was acquired by Viacom in 2018. Under the terms […]

My5, All4 bolster services with content deal, SVOD function

Viacom-owned catch-up service My5 has struck a content deal with Israeli cable group Hot. The partnership marks the first foreign-language content deal for Channel 5’s catch-up service, which was opened up to third-party content last summer, linking with the likes of PBS America, A+E Networks’ Blaze, Together channel, Little Dot Studios and BET. Under the […]

FuboTV and Viacom agree OTT carriage deal

FuboTV and Viacom have agreed a carriage deal that will see Viacom’s nine core media networks launch on FuboTV’s live TV streaming service. BET, CMT, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Paramount Network, TV Land and VH1 will all be included in FuboTV’s base package, Fubo. An expanded selection of Viacom channels will also be […]

Viacom: Pluto TV will be a “true game changer”

Viacom’s acquisition of ad-supported OTT TV network Pluto TV will be a “game changer” for the company’s direct-to-consumer strategy, according to the studio’s CEO Bob Bakish, and will play a key role in the company’s direct-to-consumer strategy both domestically and internationally, with the launch of a Spanish-language service planned in the near term. Speaking to […]

TBI Weekly: Old vs. new money face off for unscripted

A wealth of shiny digital entrants may well suggest TV is currently a supplier’s market, but this week’s Realscreen Summit has been an invaluable reminder that sustainable business models in the unscripted world are still lacking, particularly as stalwarts such as Discovery and Nat Geo endure major upheaval.   “Old money” cable networks and broadcasters […]

Viacom acquires AVOD Pluto TV for $340m

Viacom has offered $340m in cash to close a sale for ad-supported streamer Pluto TV, which is backed by the likes of Scripps Networks and Sky. Founded in 2013, Pluto TV offers a free bundled experience and streams over 100 channels. It has over 130 partnerships with media networks, major film and television studios, and […]

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