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Pluto TV bolsters UK offering with four seasonal channels

Pluto TV has bolstered its UK offering with four seasonal channels. The Viacom-owned AVOD platform is launching Pluto TV Christmas, Fireplace, Holiday Lights and Pluto TV Mistletoe on all OTT devices and app stores. While Pluto TV Christmas will feature family-friendly movies and specials, including family comedy Christmas in Wonderland, film classic Scrooge, Cat in […]

Viacom’s Pluto TV grows monthly active users to 20m

Viacom’s Pluto TV has grown its monthly active users to around 20m – a growth of nearly 70% this calendar year. In a Q4 earnings call, Viacom boss Bob Bakish said the business’s “focus on an investment” in the AVOD platform was evident, with 43 new channels launched this past quarter, including 24 Viacom-branded channels. […]

CBS misses predictions but remains positive

CBS has once again failed to meet Wall Street estimates, with Q3 results being hamstrung by a now-resolved 19-day carriage dispute with AT&T. The broadcaster’s revenue grew slightly by 1% to $3.3bn year-over-year, but missed estimates by $60m. Investment in big-budget content also resulted in a dip of operating income by 21% year over year, […]

Bakish: Advertiser and distributor partners are “bedrock” of ViacomCBS strategy

Bob Bakish has said that distributor and ad partnerships remain the “bedrock” of the strategy for the combined ViacomCBS going forward.   The Viacom CEO – a regular at the annual MTV European Music Awards, taking place this weekend – was addressing attendees at a pre-awards showcase in Seville, Spain, on Saturday (2 November), where […]

Viacom takes full control of Italian kids network Super!

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has acquired the 50% of Super Broadcast S.R.L, which owns and operates the free-to-air (FTA) kids’ TV channel, Super!, that it does not already own from De Agostini Editore. The move adds the channel to Viacom Italy’s portfolio. Super! is a free-to-air kids channel in Italy focused on children aged […]

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. […]