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Viacom rejigs Networks group

Viacom has rejigged its Viacom Media Networks group, which will see Kevin Kay, the president of Paramount Network, TV Land and CMT depart. Effective immediately, VMN will consist of four brand groups: Comedy Central, Paramount Network and TV Land; MTV, VH1, CMT and Logo and BET Networks and Nickelodeon as stand-alone groups. The Comedy Central, […]

Viacom to benefit from Disney/Fox “distraction”

Viacom CEO Bob Bakish has that the Disney/Fox merger represents a “significant positive” for the business, which stands to benefit from exec changes and creative “dislocation”. Speaking at a Broadcasting Press Guild event in London on Wednesday (19 September), Bakish said the merger “has provided a very real opportunity to acquire talent in the form […]

Viacom CEO: We are “not looking to create another Netflix”

Viacom boss Bob Bakish has swatted away plans for a Netflix-style platform, while highlighting the business’ production strategy and calling for stronger regulation of SVOD platforms. Speaking at the Royal Television Society (RTS) London conference on Tuesday (18 September), Bakish, who took the reins at Viacom in 2016, highlighted that he is “not looking to […]

Channel 5 axes Big Brother as Endemol sale heats up

Channel 5 has cancelled Big Brother after eight years on the Viacom-owned broadcaster. The channel has confirmed that series 19, which launched on C5 on Friday (14 September), will be the final run for the Initial-produced programme. A finale is slated for 5 November. Spin-off Celebrity Big Brother has also been axed. C5 and producer […]

Viacom launches digital unit with new VP in place

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has launched Viacom Digital Studios International (VDSI), a new unit focused on creating, distributing and monetising digital content for Viacom brands outside of the US. Heading up the unit will be Brendan Yam, the newly appointed vice president and general manager of VDSI. Yam will report to Katherine Liu, VIMN’s […]

Viacom sells Nick shows to China’s iQiyi

Chinese online entertainment company iQiyi has signed a deal with Viacom International Media Network for the streaming rights of a number of Nickelodeon shows in China. Under the new expanded agreement, iQiyi gets exclusive streaming rights for Mandarin and English Nickelodeon programs in mainland China on iqiyi’s platforms for kids, which will the company says should […]

TBI Weekly: CBS Corporation’s year of change

Who would have thought during this year’s Upfronts that as CBS chief Leslie Moonves presented the company’s upcoming slate to a standing ovation, he would be the biggest cause for controversy in the company today? The media giant has, after all, been a remarkably steady company partly due to the chairman and CEO supporting the […]

Viacom confirms Awesomeness TV acquisition

Viacom has confirmed that it will acquire Awesomeness TV, a digital-first destination for original programming aimed at a Gen Z audience (those born in the mid-90s onwards). While Viacom did not state how much it would pay for the acquisition, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that it is likely to be US$25 million plus debt. […]

CBS board to meet over Moonves sexual harassment claims

The board of CBS Corporation is set to meet today to determine how the company will formally react to recent sexual harassment allegations aimed at CBS chief Leslie Moonves. The move arrives after six women detailed cases of sexual harassment on a report published by Ronan Farrow on The New Yorker. Farrow is the same […]

Viacom’s Channel 5 bulks up free streaming service My5

Viacom-owned UK broadcaster Channel 5 has signed four content partnership deals for its streaming service, My5, which will bring 1500 new hours of programming to the platform over the next year. Content partnerships have been secured with PBS America, Together channel, Little Dot Studios and BET, whose programming will appear on the platform from July […]

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