Viacom


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 […]

Viacom preps K-pop series for MTV Russia

Viacom and telco MTS are partnering for a K-pop-inspired reality series for MTV Russia. The production, K-pop MTCamp, marks Viacom International Media Networks’ first local co-production with an affiliate partner in Russia. The 29 x 30-minute show will be made with and exclusively for MTS. Aimed at Russia’s growing K-pop fanbase, the show is Europe’s […]

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 […]

1 2 3 34