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Viacom’s James Currell exits after 18 years

Long-time Viacom exec James Currell is departing the business. Currell – who most recently served as president of the UK, Northern and Eastern Europe – has left the business with immediate effect. David Lynn, CEO of Viacom International Media Network (VIMN), is to oversee interim operations until the post is replaced. Currell first joined Viacom […]

CBS reportedly set for Viacom merger talks

CBS’ board is getting set for possible merger talks with Viacom, according to a report by CNBC. According to the news channel, citing unnamed sources, talks between the two are set to begin in mid-June, although they could begin before that. CNBC reports that Viacom CEO Bob Bakish would likely be in line to lead […]

More US studios say they will reconsider shooting in Georgia

NBCUniversal, WarnerMedia, Sony, Viacom and AMC have joined Disney and Netflix in saying they will reconsider working in Georgia if its new abortion law comes into effect. “We operate and produce work in many states and within several countries at any given time and while that doesn’t mean we agree with every position taken by […]

Viacom sends Telefe formats into US Hispanic market

Viacom International Studios Americas has licensed two formats from its Argentinian network Telefe into US Hispanic broadcaster Telemundo’s production unit. The business has sold scripted formats 100 Días Para Enamorarse (100 Days to Fall in Love) and Historia de un Clan (History of a Clan) to Telemundo Global Studios – marking Viacom’s first format adaptations […]

Viacom eyes global expansion for Pluto TV

Viacom boss Bob Bakish has said the business is to leverage its “global operating footprint to drive Pluto TV’s growth” beginning with the launch of the recently-acquired free OTT service in Switzerland and an expansion of the service in the UK, Germany and Austria, with a Latin American launch scheduled for later this year.  Speaking […]

Crackit readies seven shock docs for 5Star, Channel 5

Crackit Productions has won commissions for seven stand-alone ‘shock docs’ from 5STAR and Channel 5. The hour-long one-offs will TX across 5STAR and Channel 5 over the next six months and have titles such as: My Mother the Monster; My Dad The Paedophile; Snatched And Sold for Sex; Eating Ourselves To Death; Hoarders: Buried Alive In My Bedroom; Teacher’s Pet […]

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. […]

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