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Inside the Endemol Shine sale saga

The ongoing saga of the Endemol Shine sale could be nearing an end, with a number of sources pointing to a small group of players in the running, including Liberty Global-backed All3Media and part-owner Disney itself. Disney, which owns half of Endemol Shine as per its acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets, is understood […]

Channel 5 orders ‘Hate Crime: Uncensored’ from Zeppelin

Channel 5 has commissioned a doc on hate crime from Zeppelin Films. The Viacom-owned broadcaster has ordered Hate Crime: Uncensored (1 x 60 minutes) from the Rich Kids Go Homeless producer. The film will examine the abusive and racist language and behaviour on the streets of Britain, featuring victims of hate crimes speaking out about the abuse […]

ITV Studios international boss Maria Kyriacou boards Viacom

ITV Studios’ Maria Kyriacou is joining Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN). The exec – who most recently served as president of international for ITV Studios – has boarded the media group as president for VIMN UK, Northern and Eastern Europe, replacing James Currell, who departed the business in June. She joins the business almost two […]

Viacom’s Channel 5, Comedy Central join BritBox UK

Viacom’s UK channels, Comedy Central and Channel 5, have joined the BBC and ITV’s joint SVOD BritBox. The deal – for which discussions have been ongoing for more than a year, long before the service was formally announced – will see hundreds of hours of British content from the Viacom channels joining BritBox from launch. […]

Viacom bolsters Pluto TV with seven new channels

Viacom has further bolstered its Pluto TV AVOD with seven new channels. The most noteworthy of these channels is one solely dedicated to VH1’s popular series RuPaul’s Drag Race, which is made up of episodes from the show’s first five seasons. There are also channels dedicated to other VH1 series Love & Hip Hop and Black Ink Crew. The […]

Inside the rise of Pluto TV: “This is not Viacom Direct”

Pluto TV was thusly named because of the AVOD platform’s perceived underdog status in a galaxy of SVODs. Now, with the multi-billion-dollar backing of ViacomCBS, its universe is fast expanding – but it vows not to become Viacom Now.  When it launched in 2013, Pluto TV was doing virtually the opposite of most major content […]

Channel 5 orders ‘Neighbours’ spin-off for My5 VOD service

Viacom-owned UK broadcaster Channel 5 has commissioned a spin-off of Australian soap Neighbours for streamer My5. The VOD platform has ordered Neighbours: Erinsborough High, a 5 x 22-minute series that will be produced by Fremantle. The programme will debut on My5 in November alongside Neighbours, which airs daily on Channel 5 and is available via […]

Nickelodeon expands unscripted slate with ‘Top Elf’, ‘Substitute’

Nickelodeon has bolstered its unscripted slate with a holiday-themed competition series and a full series pick-up for The Substitute. The Viacom-owned channel has commissioned Ugly Brother Studios and Main Event Media for 5 x 60-minute series Top Elf, which features seven kids with top building and design skills facing off in a number of holiday-themed […]

Viacom to beam German channels directly to cars with Access deal

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) is adding a selection of its channels to mobile IT solutions provider’s Access Twine4Car product.  The deal will see Access acquire the rights to make linear feeds of MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon available in German-language for integration into in-car infotainment systems being developed by German car manufacturers. The channels […]

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