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Exclusive: Pluto TV hires director of European partnerships

Pluto TV has hired a director of European partnerships as it looks to expand its EMEA operations, TBI can confirm. Long-time Vivendi exec Guillaume Rosier has joined the ViacomCBS-owned AVOD platform as director of business development and partnerships for Europe. Based out of Paris, he is to report into the Berlin-based Olivier Jollet, MD for […]

ViacomCBS completes merger four months after agreeing deal

Viacom and CBS have completed their merger, almost four months after first agreeing the long-awaited deal. The combined ViacomCBS brands include CBS, Showtime Networks, Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, BET and streamers CBS All Access and Pluto TV. Collectively, the business will have an annual content spend of around $13bn, and is to house […]

Business time for Banijay Asia

Since striking a JV with the fast-expanding Banijay Group, Indian super-producer Deepak Dhar has his sights set on a high-end drama revolution. Manori Ravindran reports It’s been less than two years since Deepak Dhar founded Banijay Asia after setting up the 50/50 joint venture with Marco Bassetti’s content powerhouse, though you wouldn’t know it given […]

Exclusive: Former Viacom UK boss James Currell sets up business advisory group

Months after leaving Viacom, former UK boss James Currell has set up a chartered accountancy and business advisory group. Based out of London, TBI understands that the new firm, Currells, will focus on providing finance support to small businesses in all sectors, including tax, accounting and finance director services. The new venture will also look […]

Channel 5’s Ben Frow promoted at Viacom, handed entire UK content budget

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has appointed Ben Frow as director of programmes for its UK operations, handing the Channel 5 chief an expanded remit that includes Comedy Central and MTV. Frow will be responsible for all content for VIMN’s TV networks and streaming services in the UK, taking up his new role with immediate […]

Viacom International Studios UK taps Richard Hastings to helm non-scripted

Viacom International Studios UK has hired Richard Hastings as head of non-scripted programming. The former MultiStory Media exec is to oversee the development and production of all non-scripted output for Viacom channels and platforms as well as third-party partners. The exec, who will start in February, is to build out a team and work with […]

Viacom exec Louise Holmes boards Facebook

Former Viacom exec Louise Holmes is joining Facebook as director of entertainment partnerships for EMEA. The exec, who will join the social media giant in January 2020 out of London, will be responsible for leading partnerships across all divisions of entertainment for EMEA, including TV, film, digital publishers, public figures and creators. She effectively replaces […]

Viacom launches personalised MTV channel in Switzerland

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has launched MyMTV Music in Switzerland on Swisscom. As opposed to traditional music TV channels, MyMTV Music promises a personalised linear music channel. This is achieved by allowing users to curate their own channel through accessing MTV’s library of music videos, live performances and other exclusive content. VIMN claims the […]

ViacomCBS sets senior leadership ahead of deal closing

CBS has made a round of senior appointments for the merged ViacomCBS group ahead of the merger closing early next month. The business has tapped Viacom exec Alex Berkett to serve as EVP of corporate development and strategy, leading on all of ViacomCBS’ acquisitions, partnerships, investments and joint ventures internationally. Meanwhile, Marva Smalls is to […]

Former HBO docs boss Sheila Nevins rounds out doc slate at MTV

Former HBO documentary titan Sheila Nevins is rounding out a robust, issue-driven documentary slate at MTV. The exec, who was appointed head of MTV Documentary Films earlier this year, has commissioned new projects from Alexandra Pelosi, Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato and Alexandra Shiva. Pelosi – who is the daughter of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi […]

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