ViacomCBS prepares to launch new streamer, expanding All Access offering

ViacomCBS is preparing to bolster its OTT operations by launching a new streamer that will offer shows from its All Access SVOD as well as content from its array of cable networks. The streamer, which is likely to be available commercial free and ad-supported, will include Viacom brands such as Comedy Central, Paramount Network, BET […]

ViacomCBS prepares Lat Am roll-out for Pluto TV

ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI) is preparing to launch AVOD service Pluto TV in Latin America, with a wide range of content in Spanish and Portuguese. The free-to-view service will be made available in the region at the end of March and launch in Brazil by the end of 2020. The initial channel offering includes: Pluto […]

ViacomCBS appoints NBCUniversal’s George Cheeks as CBS president

ViacomCBS has appointed NBCUniversal (NBCU) Content Studios’ vice-chairman George Cheeks as president and CEO of CBS. Similar to his predecessor Joe Ianniello – who, the company notes, will “work with the company to ensure a smooth transition” – Cheeks will oversee all CBS-branded assets ranging from CBS Television Network to CBS Sports. He will also […]

ViacomCBS expands UK AVOD service My5 with Endemol Shine deal

ViacomCBS-owned UK broadcaster Channel 5 has launched two channels on its VOD service My5, which will be stocked with programming from Endemol Shine Group. The two genre based channels, Masters of Food and Reel Truth Crime, will be available via the on demand service and will see 60 hours of specialist food and crime content […]

ViacomCBS unveils global restructure, with new role for Maria Kyriacou

ViacomCBS has restructured its international networks leadership team, with new roles for senior execs including former ITV Studios International boss Maria Kyriacou. The newly merged company has broken its ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI) group into two brand divisions and three pan-regional management hubs, reporting to David Lynn, president and CEO of (VCNI). New roles & […]

The CW names Mark Pedowitz as chairman & CEO

Warner Bros. Entertainment and ViacomCBS have promoted Mark Pedowitz to become chairman and CEO at the companies’ jointly owned US channel, The CW Network. Pedowitz will oversee all creative and business aspects of the network, which he joined as president in 2011 having previously headed up ABC Studios. Since then he has expanded its primetime […]

Paramount Network, Spike & VH1 among ViacomCBS’s expanded Sky Italia deal

ViacomCBS and Sky Italia have announced a multi-year extension of their deal in Italy. The arrangement will see Paramount Network, Spike and VH1 added to Sky, bringing the total number of ViacomCBS-branded channels on Sky platforms in Italy to 12. This includes localised versions of MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr, Comedy Central and Italian kids’ channel […]

ViacomCBS rejigs Digital Studios division with Kelly Day stepping down

ViacomCBS has rejigged the senior management at Viacom Digital Studios, with its head Kelly Day set to step own after two years in the role. Day is reportedly in talks to remain with ViacomCBS, although details have not been confirmed. She joined the company in 2017 from AwesomenessTV – itself acquired by Viacom in 2018 […]

ViacomCBS strikes deal for minority stake in Miramax from beIN

ViacomCBS has reached a deal with Qatar-based beIN Media to acquire 49% of Miramax. Under the terms of the deal, beIN will retain a 51% stake in Miramax and the studio’s leadership team will remain the same. ViacomCBS will acquire the stake for a total investment of $375m with an initial upfront cash payment of […]

Pluto TV expands UK offering with factual, family channels

ViacomCBS-owned AVOD streamer Pluto TV has announced the launch of six new channels in the UK. These additions take the number of channels to almost 80, up from under 30 at the beginning of the year prior to Viacom’s $340m takeover of Pluto in January. Pluto TV Action, Pluto TV Sci-Fi, Pluto TV Thrillers, Get.Factual […]

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