CBS to ringfence 25% of scripted development budget to improve diversity

CBS has become the first US broadcast network to put in place targets to improve the diversity of those working on its programming, following the Black Lives Matter protests. The ViacomCBS network said it will spend a quarter of its scripted development budget on programming created or co-created by Black, Indigenous and People of Colour […]

Former Pop TV boss Brad Schwartz departs Audible after less than a month

Brad Schwartz, the former president of ViacomCBS-owned Pop TV, has departed his position as Audible chief commercial officer after less than one month in the job. The exec, who joined the Amazon-owned audiobook company on 15 June, was reportedly let go after staff discovered an old sexual harassment lawsuit filed against Pop Media Group and […]

MTV Studios extends animation boom by replicating ‘Clone High’

ViacomCBS-owned MTV Studios is to “reimagine” the early-2000s adult animated comedy series Clone High. Original creators Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Bill Lawrence will reunite to develop and produce new episodes, alongside Erica Rivinoja, who will serve as showrunner and co-write the pilot with Lord and Miller. The original series was produced for MTV between […]

NBCU plumps up Peacock with non-exclusive ViacomCBS programming

NBCUniversal (NBCU) has picked up a raft of ViacomCBS movies and TV shows for its soon-to-launch streamer Peacock. The service will launch on 15 July in the US with a free tier offering more than 7,500 hours of content, an ad-supported premium tier with 15,000 hours of content (including live sports such as the English […]

UK’s Channel 5 picks up shows from seven BAME-led indies

UK broadcaster Channel 5 has commissioned a range of projects from seven BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic)-owned and managed production companies, following the launch of its BAME indie initiative last year. Set up in collaboration with the TV collective, the initiative teamed nine prodcos with Channel 5 commissioners, with the aim of supporting their […]

UKTV’s Alibi snags trio of US dramas from ViacomCBS

Britain’s UKTV has acquired three new US drama series – Why Women Kill, Tommy and Evil – from ViacomCBS Global Distribution, for broadcast on its Alibi channel from the end of the year. The deal was brokered by UKTV’s head of acquisitions Emma Sparks and Matt Downer at ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group, which is distributing all […]

ViacomCBS strikes Sky TVOD deal for Comedy Central, MTV titles

ViacomCBS has agreed a distribution deal with Sky in the UK to place its pay TV brands on the Sky Store. This deal will see programming from MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon purchasable by viewers on Sky Store and on Now TV. In particular, ViacomCBS said that some of its “most popular titles” will be […]

Showtime picks up UK thriller ‘We Hunt Together’

ViacomCBS-owned US network Showtime has picked up BBC Studios’ psychological thriller We Hunt Together for broadcast. The 6 x 60-minute series recently premiered on British broadcaster UKTV’s Alibi channel. Produced and distributed by BBC Studios, it will air on Showtime from 9 August. Written by Gaby Hull, the series stars Eve Myles, Babou Ceesay, Hermione […]

ViacomCBS appoints Disney’s Yolanda Cochran to head kids production

ViacomCBS has appointed Yolanda T. Cochran from Disney-owned Freeform to oversee production for its Kids & Family division. Cochran becomes SVP of live-action long-form production for the ViacomCBS unit, responsible for Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., TeenNick and Nicktoons, as well as Gen Z-focused brand Awesomeness. She will be based in Hollywood and reports to Megan Ring, […]

TBI Weekly: Six Reasons Why Adult Animation Is Set To Flourish

Adult animation is a well-worn medium but the unique combination of a global production shutdown, ongoing uncertainty over the viability of big budget scripted projects and the insatiable demand for content is pushing the genre forward at rapid speed. And while animated projects are not quick turnarounds, they are perhaps the most viable for production […]

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